Chiropractors use hands on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support. Chiropractic is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments and tendons. It also relieves back pain and neck pain from various causes including accidents, sports injuries, muscle strains and headaches.
What is spinal manipulation?
Spinal manipulation is a generic term used for any kind of therapeutic movement of the spine, it is the application of quick but strong pressure on a joint between two vertebrae of the spine. The pressure twists or rotates the joint beyond its normal range of motion and causes a sharp cracking noise. That distinctive noise is believed to be caused by the breaking of a vacuum or the release of a bubble into the synovial fluid, the clear, thick fluid that lubricates the spinal and other joints. Spinal manipulation can be done either directly by pushing on the vertebrae or indirectly by twisting the neck or upper part of the body. It should be done to only one spinal joint at a time. Chiropractors accomplish this by positioning the body so the force they exert is focused on one joint while parts of the spine above and below are held very still. Most spinal manipulation treatments take somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes and are scheduled two or three times a week initially. There will be significant improvement to your body and you will notice it in a couple of weeks.
Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is generally considered a safe and effective treatment for acute low back pain, the type of sudden injury that results from moving furniture, excessive exercise or getting whiplash from a car accident. Acute back pain which is more common than chronic pain, lasts no more than six weeks and typically gets better on its own or quicker with chiropractic care.
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