Many people have heard about chiropractic care, but not everyone understands the types of chiropractic treatment that is available at a chiropractic care center. A health care professional with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree focuses on treating disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system through careful adjustments that can correct misalignments that cause pain. Together with your doctor, a chiropractor can help treat a number of common ailments that cause pain and may have a negative effect on your life, such as:
Chiropractors are well-known for providing chiropractic treatments for lower back pain. Living with chronic lower back pain can be debilitating, and many people turn to chiropractors to find relief. One of the more common procedures done is a manipulation of the sacroiliac joint, which connects the lower spine to the pelvis. Spinal decompression and manipulation can be very beneficial for patients suffering from lower back pain.
One of the greatest frustrations for people with chronic back pain is the fact that in many cases doctors are not able to determine exactly why the pain is occurring. But according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, there is evidence that people experiencing lower back pain can find relieve through chiropractic treatment. Physical therapy in conjunction with chiropractic treatment may be helpful if the lower back pain is associated with a previous accident or injury.
When the spine is out of alignment, it is not uncommon for pain to travel up through the neck. Since most everyday activities require a person to have a full range of motion in their neck, living with neck pain can be very difficult and disruptive. Realigning the spine and spinal manipulations can often solve the problem. In fact, a study found in the Annals of Internal Medicine discovered that chiropractic treatment for neck pain was more effective for trial participants than using medications.
Chiropractors are trained to carefully assess where the root of the pain is. In some cases, neck pain is not related to the spine at all but actually, stems from issues with the shoulders. An experienced chiropractor will do several movement assessments with a patient to determine where the issue is stemming from before using different manipulations and adjustments to resolve the issue.
Pain Experienced During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is not known for being a comfortable time for a woman, and as pregnancy progresses and the fetus grows larger, many women complain of lower back pain and sciatica. In many cases, the pain and sciatica are caused when the pelvis becomes misaligned as the weight and size of a woman’s stomach increases. When a pregnant woman seeks chiropractic care, the chiropractor will typically focus on manipulating the sacrum and sacroiliac joint, which can realign and balance the pelvis, thus reducing pain and sciatica.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy has not been extensively researched, but there has been one study that has shown a link between chiropractic care during pregnancy and a decrease in extremely painful back labor. Another published study found that 75% of women who received chiropractic care during pregnancy reported that the treatments did help relieve their pain.
Most people do not think about seeking chiropractic care when they experience chronic abdominal pain and digestive problems. But, there are nerves in the thoracic spine that can affect digestion; when there are thoracic vertebrae that are out of alignment, the nerves can spasm and send impulses to the intestines and stomach that can cause a variety of digestive problems.
Herniated thoracic discs can also play a part in digestive problems and persistent abdominal pain. A small study in the journal International Surgery found that out of 27 participants that complained of abdominal pain and digestive issues, 66% had a thoracic disc herniation.
For professional insight into your back pains and proactive solutions that will keep them at bay, contact a BackFit Health + Spine chiropractor today!