Chiropractic is a treatment that practice through spinal manipulations treats disorders of the nervous and musculoskeletal system. Every year millions of people make a visit to a chiropractor for treatment, usually for help with back pain. Chiropractic care has been proven to be safe and effective for people who have lower back pain symptoms.
Today, almost 90% of the population suffers from lower back pain. It is one of the most common reasons for people to miss work. The cause of back pain is often unnoticeable. When a cause is known, it is most often in relation to having pinched nerves, injury to the muscle, and injury to the nerves of the spine ruptured discs or arthritis. A practised chiropractor is able to easily determine the root cause of the pain. Once the cause is determined, they are able to make spinal adjustments to lessen the pain and discomfort.
On the first visit to a chiropractor, a full patient health history is taken. Patients also undergo an exam where the chiropractic Doctor performs an examination focusing on the spine. Sometimes, but now always, patients will be sent for a spinal x-ray before their first treatment.
For first-time patients, chiropractors will almost always take the time to educate them on what chiropractic care is and how it works. They will go over procedures and help patients to feel at ease. This education is especially important for those patients who are apprehensive about chiropractic treatment.
On most first visits, chiropractors will give the patient their first chiropractic adjustment. This adjustment reduces the subluxation. After the adjustment, patients should experience an increased range of movement and a decline in nerve pain.
Most patients, when adjusted will experience joint cracking, but not always. If not, this is often as the patient is stressed and unable to relax adequately for proper treatment. In such cases, chiropractors during persistent treatment sessions will treat the patients with motivation, heat or massage before the adjustment.
People with lower back pains require these adjustments a few times a week, at least in the beginning. While most patients seeking a chiropractor for lower back pain report great results, a minority few will not see any benefit. If no improvement is noted within 4-6 weeks, it is generally suggested to stop treatment.
Chiropractors will generally also work with patients to prevent further lower back pain and injury. Most patients are sent to their home with some rehabilitative exercises to focus on. Regular exercises are suggested and various other things are advised so that they recover faster and easier. Besides help with lower back pain, chiropractic can also help you with neck pain, middle, upper back pain, and even headaches.