Chiropractic is often viewed as a last resort. Many patients don’t find themselves seeking chiropractic care until all other methods have failed. However, chiropractic has been proven to outperform all other back-pain treatments, including prescription medication, yoga, Pilates and over-the-counter medication therapies, according to the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.
So what treatments does chiropractic involve, and how can it help you? There are many different techniques and treatments under the chiropractic umbrella. Below are the most common practices.
The most common therapeutic chiropractic procedure, adjustments restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force to joints that are suffering from restricted movement. When a vertebrae has lost its ability to move normally, adjustments help to reverse that. Adjustments reduce muscle pain and optimize nerve flow, improving overall body wellness.
Active Release Techniques®
This patented soft tissue system treats muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia and nerve injuries. Active Release Techniques®, or ART stretches, separate and release connective tissue adhesions. This allows for an improved range of motion, flexibility and overall body strength.
This technique is used to improve a body’s limited range of motion caused by scar tissue that is preventing a patient from functioning as they did before an injury. The Graston Technique® involves the use of stainless steel instruments combing over fibrotic tissue, identifying the restricted areas on the body. The same instruments break up scar tissue and allow it to be absorbed by the body.
The spine is essential in the movement and health of our bodies. A healthy spine supports body movement, good posture, balance and strength. Spinal rehabilitation involves unlocking the stiffness that inhibits overall body mobility.
Massage Therapy can be effective in relieving tension and strain on the joints and surrounding muscles. Medical massage combined with chiropractic treatments results in pain relief, increased range of motion and overall wellbeing.
Chiropractic care treats far more than just simple back pain. It can be essential in the rehabilitation following sports injuries, car accidents and other everyday activities. Chiropractic care has an excellent safety record compared with more common treatments like pain medications and surgery.