About 80% of patients visiting a chiropractor receive spinal manipulation, while chiropractors offer several treatments for musculoskeletal conditions. Spinal manipulation is a distinctive type of hands-on treatment (manual therapy) different from several other kinds of manual therapy, such as massage and mobilization.
A chiropractor is trained in this highly specialized form of manual therapy and will inform you if your condition is suitable for this type of treatment. Spinal manipulation continues to be most successful when coupled with lifestyle adjustments and active treatments, such as stretching and exercise.
Spinal manipulation has been proven to be safe and effective for specific types of recent neck and back injuries, along with more lasting or recurring musculoskeletal conditions. A chiropractor is trained to identify any serious underlying conditions that might preclude spinal manipulation or manual treatment. They would then refer you to the appropriate medical specialist.
The manipulation of the cervical spine or neck is a common technique utilized by doctors of chiropractic for individuals complaining of the upper back, neck, and shoulder/arm pain, in addition to headaches.
Chiropractic treatment for cervical spine pain management includes (but is not limited to):
Patients will be advised that the treatment will start after a complete patient history, physical examination, review of past family histories, and review of systems are completed. Tests might include X-ray, CT, MRI, EMG/NCV, urine analysis, and blood test. Referral to a professional depends on each case.
The combination of techniques varies from patient to patient depending on the healthcare professional’s preferred techniques and methods, the patient’s technique, and the patient’s response to the treatment.
There are over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Typically, chiropractors will concentrate on 8 to 10 distinct techniques in their practice.
The goal of chiropractic is to revive or enhance joint function and reduce pain and resolve to swell.
New chiropractic adjustment approaches typically evolve from an existing technique and are often named after the chiropractor who develops them.
For example, some conditions (for example, osteoporosis), pathology, the patient’s size, patient comfort, or individual preference may demand a milder approach generally referred to as spinal mobilization. Additionally, some patients and clinicians prefer mild mobilization techniques that don’t involve twisting or thrusting of the body.
The goal of spinal mobilization is HVLA spinal manipulation to reestablish or enhance joint movement.
Along with manipulation, many chiropractors will use adjunctive therapy, such as ice or heat or physical therapy modalities (for instance, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc.), as part of an overall treatment program. Patients need to discuss their symptoms and tastes with their healthcare professionals to determine the best treatment plan.
Chiropractors are not the only health care providers who use spinal manipulation for back pain treatment. Many osteopathic physicians will provide spinal mobilization and spinal manipulation.
Chiropractors may choose spinal mobilization for certain individuals:
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