Chiropractic is a non-surgical and drug-free medical practice that treats disorders of the nervous and musculoskeletal system through spinal manipulations. Every year, millions of people visit a chiropractor to get treatment, most of the time to get help with back pain. It has been shown that chiropractic care is safe and effective for people suffering from low back pain. In fact, studies have shown that chiropractic spinal manipulation is one of the few methods that can effectively treat low back pain.
Almost 90% of the population at one time or another suffers from low back pain. It is one of the most common reasons why people lose their jobs. The problem of back pain is often undetectable. However, when a cause is known, it is usually related to having pinched nerves, muscle injuries, injuries to the spinal nerves, slips or ruptured discs or arthritis. A well-educated and experienced chiropractor can easily determine the cause of the pain. After determining the cause, they can make spinal adjustments to relieve pain and discomfort.
Some people hesitate to visit a chiropractor, mainly because they do not know what to expect. In a typical first visit at J.S.G. Chiropractic, a complete health history of the patient is taken. Patients will also receive a chiropractic examination in which the chiropractor will perform a focused analysis of the spine. In some cases, patients will be sent for a spinal X-ray before their first manipulation.
For first time patients, our chiropractors will take the time to educate them about what chiropractic care is and how it works. They will review the procedures and help the patient feel comfortable. This education is especially necessary for those patients who are apprehensive about chiropractic treatment.
In most first visits, our chiropractors will give the patient their first adjustment or chiropractic manipulation. The manipulation will be the first of many for those who undergo treatment for back pain. Chiropractic adjustments reduce subluxation. After adjustment, patients should experience a greater range of motion and a reduction in nerve pain. Most patients, when adjusted, will experience cavitations or cracks in the joints, but not always. Otherwise, this is because the patient is tense and can not relax enough to receive adequate treatment. In such cases, chiropractors during the recurrent treatment sessions will treat patients with stimulation, warmth or massage before adjustment.
During the first visit, a treatment plan will also be recommended. With low back pain, patients should usually adjust a few times a week, at least initially. Over time, when the pain begins to diminish, the manipulations may become more and more separated. While most patients seeking chiropractic treatment for low back pain report excellent results, a few minority will see no benefit. If no improvement is seen in 4 to 6 weeks, it is usually recommended to stop treatment.
At J.S.G. Chiropractic, we will usually also work with patients to prevent back pain and subsequent injuries. Most patients will be sent home with some rehabilitation exercises to focus on.
In addition to helping with back pain, chiropractic can also help with neck pain, middle and high back pain and even headaches. We can also offer patients additional services in addition to chiropractic manipulations.
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