We often place too much pressure on our lower back, from lifting a heavy box to a sudden awkward movement. Chiropractors are experts in diagnosing and treating the spine, and the chiropractic field has discovered many beneficial treatment methods for low back pain.
Here are 5 chiropractic methods that treat low back pain. If you suffer from regular low back pain, we suggest meeting with a chiropractor or primary care doctor as soon as possible. Chronic low back pain can be a sign of an injury or condition that needs treatment.
Spinal decompression is very effective at treating symptoms of lower back pain that are a result of bulging, herniated, degenerated, and slipped discs. Spinal decompression utilizes a special table that carefully stretches the spine to promote the healthy flow of water, oxygen, and other essential fluids into the discs and throughout the spine.
The Diversified Technique
This technique involves the chiropractor manually placing pressure on either side of the affected vertebral segment to restore proper movement. This technique is most commonly associated with a “popping” noise, which is simply gas being released from the joint. The diversified technique restores spinal alignment, repairs joint dysfunction, and ensures proper mobility. About 96% of all chiropractors utilize this technique.
This type of spinal manipulation involves the use of a table that has a drop piece—a portion of the table drops slightly when enough pressure is applied. For this adjustment, the chiropractor applies a rapid thrust to the area out of alignment, and the table’s drop piece lowers down at the same time the thrust is applied. Because the table drops down as a swift force is applied, this makes it more comfortable for the patient and chiropractor. The combination of force applied by the chiropractor, drop-table, gravity, and the patient’s body momentum makes this technique very gentle and gradual compared to other techniques.
Another gentle technique is the activator method. Chiropractors use a spring-loaded mechanical instrument to apply quick, low-force pulsing to specific points surrounding the spine. The high speed of the instrument makes it less likely for the body’s muscles to tense in response. The instrument provides a gentle method of freeing vertebrae and encouraging optimal alignment.
Patients with low-back pain or leg pain resulting from a bulging, herniated, or slipped disc may benefit from this popular and gentle technique. Patients lay face down on a specially designed table that stretches the spine. The chiropractor isolates the problem area and flexes the spine in a gentle pumping rhythm. This procedure gently relieves pressure from the disc and moves it away from the nerve, reducing pain and inflammation.
Low Back Pain Chiropractic Care in Centennial, CO
If you are in the south Denver Metro Area, the licensed chiropractors at Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center in Centennial are here to help you find relief. Don’t suffer through low back pain any longer! Call us or contact us online today.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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