Chiropractic care is a popular alternative and complementary medicine, which are more concerned with the diagnosis and remedy of non-skeletal disorders of the skeletal system, particularly the back. It includes the traditional Chinese medical diagnosis and manipulation of the body’s joints and soft tissues, its alignment and the relationship between the musculoskeletal and emotional systems.Visit Compass Chiropractic for more details.
Chiropractic care is based on the philosophy, “The body can heal itself”; however, in the absence of a medical history and diagnosis or underlying pathology, it may be difficult to determine the exact cause of an aching back. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulative therapy and other manual therapies aimed at restoring function to the spine, reducing pain and improving range of motion and joint mobility.
Many health care professionals believe that chiropractic care provides the best care possible for patients with back pain. Spinal manipulation and other manual techniques such as massage are believed to correct misaligned spinal bones, reduce pressure on nerve roots and increase joint flexibility.
Some studies also suggest that chiropractic treatment may help reduce the duration and severity of some common lower back pain and improve function of low back muscles. Chiropractors may also recommend therapy modalities such as ultrasound, heat, electric stimulation and laser therapy.
Chiropractic care is recommended as an alternative to conservative treatments for conditions related to the musculoskeletal structure of the spine including such problems as degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, pinched nerves, herniated discs, sciatica and spinal stenosis.
In fact, chiropractic treatments are often recommended in the presence of such conditions because of their ability to treat the underlying cause of the pain without the use of drugs and invasive surgery. Back pain is common for people over age 45, but chiropractors often treat patients of all ages for chronic neck and lower back pain. They believe that spinal adjustments and soft tissue manipulation can help restore the proper alignment of vertebrae and encourage healing of spinal bones and the soft tissues that have become stressed due to disease, injury or aging.