Going to the chiropractor can be for a variety of reasons. While chiropractors typically focus on our backs, they are truly joint specialists that help to keep our bodies and joints in proper alignment. However, the effects of chiropractic care extend far beyond our joints. Chiropractic adjustments have been used to help a diverse group of ailments that include back and neck pain, pregnancy issues, ear infections, weight loss, digestive issues and many more. The issues that can bring you into the office are as diverse as the methods to care for them, but here we’ve compiled a list of five common methods or techniques for the care of neck or back pain.
The diversified technique is likely to be used by your chiropractor if you are experiencing neck or back pain that is caused by a herniated lumbar disk. This is one of the most common methods used by chiropractors and offers almost instant relief for the patient. It is commonly associated with the popping or cracking of joints that allow for the release of the gases trapped in the joints which allows for reduced pressure on the joint and the nerves that pass through it.
Flexion-distraction involves stretching the spine along the axis to help bring the spine back into alignment. This method is used in patients who have scoliosis, joint pain, or other specific back pain ailments. This technique helps to reduce pressure on the spine from a bulge or a disk herniation in the lumbar spine, increase spinal motion and reduces symptoms of sciatica. Typically, chiropractors will have a special table that is used just for this technique.
The Gonstead technique is considered one of the most popular adjustments and is used for the treatment of specific ailments in patients. Your chiropractor will do a spinal assessment on five separate criteria to detect issues with your spine. These five criteria include:
Visualization – This is a visual inspection of the spine that helps to immediately identify any areas of misalignment or changes to your posture that could indicate an issue.
Instrumentation – The Nervoscope is a piece of equipment that is used to detect any changes in temperature that may indicate inflammation of tissues around the spine. The instrument is used by running it along your spinal column to detect any issues.
Static Palpation – This assessment is used when you are not moving. Your chiropractor will palpate or press along your spine in order to identify swelling, misalignment, or discomfort that are indicative of underlying problems.
Motion Palpation – Similar to static palpation, this involves your chiropractor feeling along your spine for issues. However, they will have you move and bend your spine at various angles to detect issues.
X-Ray Analysis – X-rays are used as a visualization of the spine. This imaging helps to identify joint and disc irregularities and may be helpful in identifying or ruling out many pathologies.
Soft tissue therapy is the use of therapeutic massage that is targeted at the muscles and ligaments that are connected to the spine. This helps to allow the spine to shift back into a proper position or reduce the tension that is placed on the spine.
Chiropractors have many tools at their disposal to make sure that your body is functioning correctly and you are feeling your best. If you are experiencing neck or back pain, consider scheduling an appointment today.