Chiropractic involves hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments.
It is used as a pain relief therapy for muscles, joints, bones and connective tissue. This hands-on spinal manipulation helps many patients avoid surgery or medication by properly aligning the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spin.
It is focused on diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the musculoskeltal system.
Chiropractic Adjustment is the treatment of the body with spinal and joint manipulation. It is not only to treat the back, but it can be used to heal your full body. It is used as a pain relief therapy for muscles, joints, bones and connective tissue. Body’s alignment can be corrected by using chiropractic treatment, and it will allow your body to heal on itself with time.
This hands-on spinal manipulation helps many patients avoid surgery or medication by properly aligning the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spin. It is focused on diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
A chiropractic specialist treats his patients and educates for future exercises, ergonomics, and other several therapies as well. At Revital Health, we provide all services, from diagnosis to further follow-up (if required) of the patients.
Conditions that Require Chiropractic Treatment
This non-surgical treatment is used to treat various conditions such as:
- Back pain, leg pain (chiropractic for Sciatica)
- Neck pain
- Iterative strains
- Sports injuries
- Accident injuries
- Arthritic pain
It is not guaranteed to get the desired result as it is a slow treatment and requires patience with time, therefore a chiropractic specialist may refer you to the medical doctor or spine specialist (if needed) as well. At Revital Health, we have a network of doctors and if you require any other medical assistance we will provide you with the best doctors as well.
Where to start?
In this article, we will give you important information from where to start and what to expect at your first visit to the chiropractic.
Your first meeting with the chiropractic specialist usually lasts about 45 minutes, where he studies about your body structure and collects your history. All of your symptoms are assembled such as:
- When the pain started,
- In which part of the body do you feel pain,
- Type of the pain if it is burning, sharp or dull,
- Did the pain come from any injury,
- Which movement makes it better or worse.
Sometimes your family’s medical history is also studied to get the information about any prior injury.
What to expect?
In your first exam, your chiropractic specialist runs some preliminary tests such as pulse identification, respiration, blood pressure and reflexes are checked. The muscle is thoroughly tested, in which you feel pain. Its movement, integrity and overall strength is checked while letting the patient move in specific manner. In short, posture of the body is analyzed.
Based on the diagnosis and results, the chiropractic specialist may run some X-ray tests. And if he suspects any abnormality in the soft tissue of the organ, he may recommend the MRI scan as well. Through these scans, he will get the further information of your disorder.
Once the diagnosis is completed, the chiropractic specialist will decide whether the disorder is to be treated with this non-surgical treatment. Otherwise, he will refer you to the respective doctor such as fracture, tumor, or infection specialists.
Spinal manipulation or adjustment techniques are used on the affected body part. The objective of the chiropractic treatment is to minimize the subluxation. Its primary goal is to maximize the range of motion, minimize the irritation of the nerves and improve the functioning of the body.
A chiropractic adjustment typically involves:
- A high velocity, short lever arm thrust is applied to a vertebra.
- An accompanying, audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure (cavitation).
- A relieving sensation most of the time, although minor discomfort has been reported (that usually lasts for a short time duration) if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during this chiropractic care.
It should be taken into account that joint cavitation or cracking may not occur sometimes. It leads to significant muscle splinting of the patient, and he may not feel adequately relaxed during the chiropractic manipulation. Therefore, it is recommended to apply ice on the affected area, do electrical stimulation and massage in order to attempt the chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques
There are different techniques to perform the chiropractic manipulation. These techniques involve special skills and art which include the high velocity, and low amplitude adjustment. The chiropractic specialist will decide whether to apply the adjustment techniques.
Chiropractic Adjustment Side Effects
The most common reaction/side effect to the adjustment usually does not last longer than the 24 hours. It includes aching or soreness in the spinal joints or muscles. If the aching or soreness occurs, it is typically within the first few hours post-treatment. Therefore, it is recommended to use the ice pack on the affected area to reduce the symptoms quickly.
Common Forms of Chiropractic Therapy
Some physiological therapeutic measures that are often used in chiropractic care include:
- Heat and cold - Chiropractors may use heat and ice therapy to treat the back pain of the patients. First, an ice pack is used to numb the back for a 10 to 15-minute period. And then switching to a heating pad, heat wrap or hot water bottle to restore blood flow to the area and promote faster healing.
- Exercise - Chiropractors may suggest the patients to perform the stretches and exercise to strengthen the back.
- Massage - Soft tissues of the patient's body are massaged to improve the blood circulation, and to reduce the inflammation and swelling which has been occurring because of the back pain, and let the body heal quickly.
- Dietary management - Diet must be maintained to improve the back pain. Some chiropractors will recommend you dietary supplements after spinal manipulation as well.