It can be a difficult challenge to live with chronic low back pain, but chiropractic care could help you to manage your symptoms. No matter what has caused your back pain, chiropractors can help you return to full health.
Chiropractors all have the same strategy, irrespective of whether the pain is chronic, acute or recurrent.
Goals of Chiropractic Care
- Keep the patients time lost at work to a minimum
- Relieve and control the patient’s pain
- Reduce the risk of further functional disability or decline
- Minimize aggravation severity and frequency
- Reduce the reliance on medications
- Increase satisfaction
As is the case with most modern medical practices, the use of methods that have proven to be safe and effective are emphasized by the chiropractic profession.
A chiropractor will use high velocity, low amplitude techniques, to try to restore the spinal mobility and function by applying a short quick thrust with his hands. However there can be a variation in an initial course of treatment, particularly if the patient has complicating issues, such as osteoporosis, an inflammatory condition or even a progressive neurologic disorder. These “red flag” conditions contraindicate the use of high velocity manipulation to the spine in the lumbar region. It generally takes a number of treatments to effectively ease back pain.
Understanding that alignment of the spine is critical to the overall health and wellbeing of the individual, chiropractic care may be able to provide pain management for patients with back pain. In a study of patients who visited chiropractors for pain management, it was found that low force spinal adjustments were successful in easing lower back pain.
A chiropractor has to attend an accredited institution and complete four years of training. They attend theory training in the classroom and then receive hands-on training in clinics. In order to specialize in particular practice areas, many chiropractors also take part in two- or three-year residencies. A chiropractor may not practice without a license.
It is a good thing to find a chiropractor you like and feel comfortable with if you are considering chiropractic care to help manage your pain. You need to make a good match because pain management is going to require an ongoing relationship. Contact Innovative Chiropractic in Mill Creek, WA, and book your first appointment. We’ll help you find just the treatment you need to reduce your back pain.