Although chiropractic care focuses more on the overall health and well-being of an individual, people often think that chiropractic care is only for the people with problems with their back. The thoracic spine is the middle, and upper back is where the person can mostly feel the pain. There are many reasons for dysfunction in the upper back pain, more so if the joints and the muscles will interlace in the thoracic spine and rib cage. Whenever a muscle or joint is injured or inflamed, which can produce numerous pain and dysfunction that can be difficult to treat. Spinal manipulation is the hands-on adjustment of the spine and is the starting point of chiropractic care. Here are the basic things you should know about a back chiropractor.
Back chiropractic treatment is most effective for those who experience:
- Subacute back pain, a pain that has been felt for 3 months or less.
- Flare-ups of chronic back pain, a pain that has been felt for a long period of time.
- Neck pain
All treatment is based on an accurate diagnosis of your back pain. People who have bone fractures and bone tumors, people who are taking blood-thinning medications, and severe osteoporosis should not be treated with back chiropractic care.
Before your treatment plan, the chiropractor will take your medical history and will perform a physical assessment, and diagnostic imaging tests to determine what treatment plan is right for you. Treatment plans may involve manual adjustments, where the doctor manipulates your joints by using a suddenly controlled force to improve your range of motion and the quality of your motion. Other than the manual adjustments, chiropractors also merge nutrition and dietetics, and exercise or rehabilitation in the treatment plan.
Here are some chiropractic adjustments techniques for your treatment plan:
Diversified Technique. This technique is the most widely used method of chiropractic manipulation, it adjusts your lumbar disk herniations for an instant relief with back pain and leg pain. A pushing force of the hand with a resistance from a table or block is involved in this kind of technique. A loud popping sound can often be heard yet the result will be a restored joint, and an improved neurologic function.
Applied Kinesiology. Muscle testing is used with this method to determine the body’s primary feedback mechanism. Applied kinesiology is the best treatment for an injured athlete. This technique is a sports type of therapy which the treatment deals with the bones and the muscles that will hold them in position. This can be used for a variety of situations, just like chiropractic knee adjustments. This method can help to balance opposing muscles that are attached to misaligned bones. A pressure massage to various joints to help your muscles restore normal muscle function.
Logan Basic Technique. This procedure is required to release the tension on your joints and to restore balance. A sustained pressure is gently applied to the base of the spine and can help realign the bones of the spine. When the technique is done, it can alleviate headaches, stress that can make your back muscles tense which can also relieve the pain in your lower back.
Self Chiropractic. Some chiropractors teach patients that you can do whenever you feel pain on your back and your back muscles are tensed. By applying warm compress or ice to the area where you are in pain can relieve muscle tension and alleviate pain. Ice is excellent for forty-eight hours to seventy-two hours after you felt the pain, and you have to apply warm compress after the cold compress. Stretching and yoga can also be one of the techniques for self-chiropractic, these two can reduce the tightness of your muscles and can increase flexibility.