Back pain has become one common disorder found among people of all ages. Men and women, especially with hectic and improper lifestyle and old age, tend to suffer from this problem. Instead of taking medicines including pain killers that last for a limited period, one can look for alternative treatments.
One such way to get relief from back pain is to follow chiropractic treatment tables with the help of chiropractors. A chiropractor is a professional who deals with health care to diagnose as well as treat any kind neuro muscular problems. Using manual adjustment, the chiropractor can help reduce the pain and increase the functionality of patients.
More on chiropractic treatment
Chiropractic is an alternative treatment method that is used to relieve the patients from various kinds of muscle, joints, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and bone pains. Different types of spinal manipulation are carried out to treat the problems without surgery. In many studies, it has been found that following the chiropractic treatment tables, it is possible to effectively treat patients with chronic lower back pain.
How does the treatment work?
The chiropractic treatment tables start with chiropractor asking the medical history of the patient. The chiropractor asks about past sickness, present health issues, lifestyle, food and sleeping habits, use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, etc. They do a physical examination and some tests including blood pressure and x-rays to find if anything is adding to the problem. Finally, the treatment is planned and performed on the patients. The patient might be given nutritional supplements, hot and cold packs, electrical stimulation, diet plans, etc. along with the treatment for better results. The treatment includes the following:
- Spinal manipulation
The spinal manipulation or spinal manipulative therapy is also known as the spinal adjustment is the technique used by the chiropractor to reduce back pain. In this method, the chiropractor uses controlled force to realign the spine and muscles surrounding it. The tissue injuries caused by any trauma, accidents or stress could restrict the movement. Using the controlled force on the joints, this problem can be sorted. After evaluation of the spine, the chiropractor uses his hand or some instrument to make an adjustment by proper alignment of the vertebrae to reduce the pain. This provides space for the spine to move without causing the pain.
Different therapeutic massage methods including the trigger point therapy and active release technique are offered by the chiropractor along with the spinal adjustment therapy to reduce the pain.
- Physical therapy
After the spinal adjustment therapy, the chiropractor suggests the patients undertake physical therapy. This allows the patients to strengthen the muscles of back, core and stomach and keeps his spine and body healthy.
Some other techniques for reducing lower back pain:
- Pelvic blocking
The chiropractor uses cushioned wedges under the body of the patients for assistance and makes changes in the working of the spine. Some mild adjustments and techniques are used for this purpose.
- Flexion-distraction technique
In this technique, the patient is placed on the special table to stretch the spine. Along with stretching a pumping motion is performed to flex the spine to make the discs move creating the space between them, filling it with gel. This helps in reducing the pain to a large extent.
Extent of the treatment and treatment plan
The chiropractic treatment plan is devised on the amount of pain the patient is suffering from, disability issues they are having and the tolerance ability they have. It is not possible to treat the problem in only one session. It requires some weeks for patients to feel better and get relief from the pain. Based on the requirement and goals the chiropractor has discussed; the session could be two to three times a week for 10 to 20 minutes. These are the importance of chiropractic treatment table.