Chiropractic is a health care profession dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. Generally, chiropractors maintain a unique focus on spinal manipulation and treatment of surrounding structures.
Many studies have concluded that manual therapies commonly used by chiropractors are generally effective for the treatment of lower back pain, as well as for treatment of lumbar herniated disc for radiculopathy and neck pain, among other conditions.
The core of chiropractic usually involves treatment of common lower back pain conditions through manual therapy:
- Spinal manipulation and manual manipulation. This type of manual manipulation refers to a high-velocity, short lever arm thrust that is applied to abnormal vertebra with the goal of improving functionality, reducing nerve irritability and restoring range of motion in the back. It is also commonly known as "chiropractic adjustment". There is firm literature support for chiropractic treatment of lower back pain. Many of the published guidelines recommend chiropractic manipulation to be included in the treatment plan early in the care of lower back pain.
- Mobilization. Chiropractic mobilization refers to low velocity manipulation, movement and stretching of the muscles and joints, with the goal of increasing the range of motion within those areas.
Goal setting for the chiropractic treatment plan is driven by the patient's pain and disability issues and activity intolerance.
Consistent among all guidelines of low back pain treatment is the prevention of chronicity. The use of active care (care that is patient-driven such as exercise, activity modification, ergonomic modifications, etc.) is emphasized to accomplish this goal.
What Happens During a Visit to a Chiropractor?
The first chiropractic visit usually lasts 30 to 60 minutes. Your chiropractor will want to know about your goals for treatment and your health history. You will be asked about your:
- Past injuries and illnesses
- Current health problems
- Any medicines you are taking
- Sleep habits
- Mental stresses you might have
- Use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco
Tell your chiropractor about any physical problems you may have that make it hard for you to do certain things. Also tell your chiropractor if you have any numbness, tingling, weakness, or any other nerve problems.
After asking you about your health, your chiropractor will do a physical exam. This will include testing your spinal mobility (how well your spine moves). Your chiropractor may also do some tests, such as checking your blood pressure and taking x-rays. These tests look for problems that might be adding to your back pain.
Contact Sunshine Chiropractic in Ft. Lauderdale today to learn more about relieving your back pain.
Sunshine Chiropractic’s mission is to adjust, to educate the world about the healing process, to restore benefits of chiropractic, and to remove nerve interference in the body. We treat patients of all ages, from babies, children, pregnant mothers and geriatric clients.
Contact Sunshine Chiropractic today at (954) 390-1818 for more information to see how you can benefit from their personalized services designed to fit your specific chiropractic needs! Or, you can request an appointment by completing and submitting the appointment request form.