How chiropractors treat back pain
You’ve twisted your back again. It feels like those ice and heat treatments aren’t working like they used to, and you’re starting to get worried. Your friend recommends a great chiropractor, but you’re hesitant about getting a manual adjustment on your spine. Fortunately, chiropractors can relieve back pain using a variety of techniques.
“Chiropractors use high-velocity and low-velocity adjustment techniques, depending on the presentation of the patient,” said Dr. Jeffrey Langmaid, D.C., a Consult Physician at Laser Spine Institute. “High velocity is what people traditionally associate with a chiropractic adjustment.”
During a high-velocity adjustment — which usually produces the popping sound — a chiropractor will apply a fast, low-force motion to reposition the joints in the spine. This can relieve pressure on joints, ease inflammation and improve function.
Low-velocity adjustments can include techniques like mobilization and flexion distraction. While mobilization involves the movement and stretching of muscles and joints, flexion-distraction actually helps to stretch the spinal column itself.
In patients with back pain, chiropractic adjustments can provide multiple benefits that begin the moment the central nervous system is stimulated. These adjustments can increase range of motion, stretch the muscles and reduce pain in the affected area. Chiropractic care has also been shown to decrease pressure within the spinal discs, providing relief for patients with painful spine conditions like bulging or herniated discs.
“Chiropractic care can be used to treat acute or chronic back pain in patients of all ages,” said Dr. Langmaid. “It’s important to inform patients of all the techniques available to them.”
While some people see chiropractic as the first line of defense against back pain, others who have been dealing with complaints for years, see it as a final option when down to their last hope.
“If you don’t have a need for surgical intervention, or are simply not ready for surgery, chiropractic care is certainly worth exploring,” said Dr. Langmaid. “Research shows chiropractic care to be considered an effective and safe conservative treatment option. I would certainly encourage patients suffering from neck or back pain to get an evaluation by a chiropractor.”
If you’ve already tried weeks, months or even years of nonsurgical treatment without lasting relief from chronic neck or back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute to get an MRI review. You may be a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient procedures.