The Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care For Back Pain
One of the major selling points of chiropractic care is that it works wonders for back pain. If you are experiencing any type of soreness, stiffness, or pain in your lower back or even any part of your back, you might want to look into chiropractic practice in order to relieve any tension in your back and allow your body to naturally heal itself.
The Body’s Healing Factor?
Are you a fan of comic books? Have you ever heard of Marvel’s Wolverine? He’s a member of the X-men and has a pretty interesting origin story. Also, he is the first official Canadian superhero. With that said, Wolverine’s main natural superpower is his mutant healing factor. Basically, his body can recover from just about anything – even being shot in the head with a gun or having his bones broken in multiple places.
Well, while probably not to that extent, the human body is an amazing piece of work that has the ability to heal itself naturally. Of course, when certain nerves become trapped or if the spinal cord becomes misaligned (called vertebral subluxations), then this prevents or delays the body’s natural healing factor.
This is the basis of all chiropractic treatment: that the body’s natural healing factor can in fact heal many types of illnesses and pain, but that it needs to be given the proper environment in order to do so. In other words, the human body needs to be in the optimal condition in order to heal itself. A chiropractor’s task therefore, is to provide the body with said optimal condition.
Diagnosis Before Treatment
Chiropractic treatment is totally safe for the treatment of back pain. The main reason for this is that no professional licensed chiropractor will ever treat your back pain without an accurate diagnosis first. Before you are allowed to undergo a spinal adjustment, you will need to be put through some tests in order to properly diagnose the source of your back and/or neck pain. If you want to undergo chiropractic treatment for maintenance of good health, you will need clearance as well. At the very least, you need to be medically approved by a licensed MD before you can be allowed to undergo any chiropractic procedure.
One of the biggest advantages of chiropractic adjustment is that it is a non-invasive type of treatment that does not rely on drugs. Unlike invasive surgery, the techniques used in chiropractic maneuvers are all based on external inputs. This is done by either applying mild pressure to certain areas of the body or massage-like techniques intended to correct any subluxations in the spinal cord. Chiropractic techniques may also be used to relieve muscle and joint pain by releasing any trapped nerves in the affected area.
It is actually a more natural method of treatment than downing a painkiller.
What Can I Expect During Chiropractic Adjustment?
You should be mentally prepared when you undergo chiropractic adjustment so that you are not taken by surprise. The actual maneuver may involve the use of a controlled sudden application of force in a particular area of the back. This is intended to correct any spinal misalignment. It might seem violent, but do keep in mind that your chiropractor is an experienced professional and knows exactly where to apply the force as well as how much.
But Is It Effective?
There are many studies that show how chiropractic treatment is actually an effective form of treatment for many types of ailments. However, the most well-documented and well-researched areas would be in the treatment of lower back pain, herniated discs, as well as relief from neck pain.