Chiropractic therapy is the discipline which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. The latter includes the bones, joints and muscles. The practitioner who provides this form of treatment is called a chiropractor. He or she is not a medical doctor, although their title may include the word. This just means that they are well trained, knowledgeable and skilled in the field, and you can have confidence in their abilities to manage your situation.
They use a series of techniques and procedures which involve manipulation of the spine, and may combine it with physical therapy. Modern chiropractic practice also makes use of the latest technologies and methodologies in delivering chiropractic care. The emphasis of care is on the use of non-invasive and non-surgical techniques to correct and or address the conditions. The most common condition they treat is pain in the back, from the neck down to the lower back.
At a chiropractic visit, you can expect to be asked about your medical history, the nature of your condition and any treatments you are presently receiving or have received in the past for the condition. It is important that you try to be as detailed as possible in relating this information because there are many lifestyle habits and practices, as well as other medical conditions which may be affecting or influencing your condition. Your chiropractor will be able to establish the links where you cannot. The body is a very intricate system and many of its interactions are linked to each other. Your chiropractor may also do blood pressure checks.
The next step on your visit is the physical examination, which will call for the chiropractor to examine you to determine your spinal mobility. Additional diagnostic checks like an X-ray may be recommended so that your chiropractor can see the extent of the spinal damage. In moderate to severe cases other diagnostic imaging tests may also be recommended.
On your first visit, your chiropractor may put you on a special table to begin the adjustments, where manipulations of the spine are carried out by and to begin the course of treatment. In some cases, this is not done until the next visit, as additional information may be required from tests which have been recommended.
It is common to feel sore, achy or even tired for a few days’ post visit, as your body tries to adjust to the new alignment and adjustments received.
How Long Is a Course of Therapy?
At first your chiropractor may recommend two or three visits in a week, then step you down to once weekly visits. This therefore means that your treatment course may take place over a period of weeks however the exact duration will be determined by your particular condition. Your chiropractor will discuss your treatment plan or strategy with you or you may feel free to ask about the typical period of time for treatment of conditions like yours.
Who Qualifies for Chiropractic Care?
People who have been suffering from back pain for a long period of time, neck pain, spasms, and even acute and sub-acute pain in those areas, may seek chiropractic care. Some of these painful conditions may have occurred as a result of a slipped or herniated disc or pinched nerves.
If during the initial consultation your chiropractor discovers that you have bone fractures or tumours, infections of the bone or joints, severely thinning bones, or severe arthritis, he will avoid manipulating these areas so as not to make the conditions worse. This is why it is extremely important for you to be candid and honest with your chiropractor at the outset when the consultation is being conducted.
What Other Methods of Treatment Are Used?
In addition to using spinal manipulation, also called chiropractic adjustment, chiropractors make use of a technique known as Mobilization, where they also stretch the muscles and joints to improve their range of motion.
Chiropractors also make use of the Graston technique, another mobilization technique, which requires the use of an instrument to achieve greater increases in the range of motion by breaking up scar tissues which may cause further restriction, and promote better healing.
Spinal Decompression Therapy, where a traction table or another device is employed, may also be used to relieve back and neck pains. The aim is to reposition or properly realign the spine, and also facilitate healing through the release of nutrients, which will be supplied to the discs.
Your chiropractor may also use alternating hot and cold therapy within a single session, in the treatment of back pain. He or she may also massage the soft tissues in the surrounding areas to encourage circulation and reduce inflammation, to promote a shorter healing time.
In addition, your chiropractor may make recommendations for supportive actions you can take, in addressing your diet as well as provide you with a list of beneficial exercises you may do to support your chiropractic care.
Author Bio – Dr. Yama Zafer, the author of this guest article writes occasionally on behalf of Chiropractic Specialty Center. With some of the methods in use for Chiropractic treatment, he is no doubt regarded as the best chiropractor in Malaysia.