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Chiropractic Therapies, Part 1

Chiropractic Therapies, Part 1

Although their main method of treatment is the spinal manipulation, many chiropractors also use other therapies to treat their patients. The following is a brief description of some of the most common therapies chiropractors offer.

Therapeutic Exercise
Chiropractors commonly prescribe specific strengthening exercises for their patients with back, neck, and extremity problems. These exercises can decrease pain, prevent muscle deterioration, promote joint health, increase strength, stability and range of motion, and protect against new or recurring injuries.

Your chiropractor will show you how to do the exercises and supervise you until you are comfortable doing them on your own. It’s important to keep up with your exercises as prescribed. Studies show that individuals who follow their exercise instructions heal faster than those who do not.

Therapeutic Stretches
Following an injury, therapeutic stretching is an important way to prevent scar tissue from forming. Even after the injury has healed, maintaining a regular stretching program helps keep tissues flexible, increases mobility, and protects you from new injuries. As with exercise, your chiropractor will instruct you on proper stretching techniques and will supervise you until you are comfortable enough to do them on your own.

Traction or Decompression
Many chiropractors use traction, in which traction devices are applied to distract areas of the spine. This treatment helps separate the vertebrae resulting in disc decompression, reduced nerve root pressure, and decreased.

Physical Therapy Modalities
Muscle Stimulation
This type of therapy uses light electrical pulses that are transmitted to specific areas of the body through electrodes placed on the skin. There are many different types of electrical stimulation. Some are more beneficial for pain relief or to reduce inflammation, some best treat muscle spasm, and some actually cause muscles to contract in order to reduce muscle atrophy. Some forms of electrical stimulation have combination effects.

A TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation) unit is a small, battery-powered, portable muscle stimulation machine that can be used at home to help control pain. Variable intensities of electric current are used to control pain. This treatment is recommended to help patients get through periods of severe (acute) pain. TENS units are typically not recommended for chronic pain. In fact, a 2009  report from the American Academy of Neurology found that TENS units are not effective at treating chronic low back pain.1

Therapeutic ultrasound is a form of deep heat therapy created by sound waves. When applied to soft tissues and joints, the sound waves are a form of micro-massage that help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and decrease pain, stiffness, and spasms.

Ice and Heat Therapy
Ice and heat have long been used to treat many painful conditions. Ice therapy is often used to reduce swelling and help control pain immediately after an injury. Heat therapy is used to relax the muscles, increase circulation, and can provide relief to patients with chronic pain. Depending on the patient’s condition, a combination of ice and heat can be used.

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Back Pain

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Back Pain

When you’re having back pain, going to the doctor can be intimidating. You might feel rushed and forget to ask some important questions about your back pain. We believe it’s always a good idea to know what to ask beforehand and to take notes during your doctor visit. Some of the questions below about back pain and its treatment may be worth asking. Print out this page and take it with you to your next appointment.
1. What’s causing my back pain?
2. Are there any other symptoms I should be aware of that could indicate a more serious condition?
3. Are there activities I should temporarily or permanently avoid to ease back pain?
4. Could my work environment be affecting my back pain?
5. How much bed rest should I get while I’m suffering back pain? Read More→

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What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy????

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is the use of a machine or treatment to relieve pressure on the spine caused by disc disorders such as degenerative disc disease , posterior facet syndrome, including herniated, bulging or protruding discs and sciatica. Spinal disc decompression can be accomplished by a variety of procedures, used to treat specific causes of spinal compression. Traditional open-back surgery methods have been used for decades, and are only about 60% effective but they come with many risks.

The Safest Method

The safest and most non-invasive form of spinal decompression is when therapy is performed by a qualified professional using a decompression machine which is specifically designed for the treatment of herniated or bulging discs. More room in the spinal canal is created by spinal disc decompression, as the spinal cord and nerves are relieved of the bone or tissue that was pressing on the nerve causing the pain. This therapy can relieve back or neck pain. This treatment, Spinal Decompression Therapy normally takes from 30 to 50 treatment sessions. Professional spinal decompression therapy is covered by most insurance policies under rehabilitation. Professional therapy results are always better than trying to do it yourself at home. Make sure you seek proper evaluation and examination for your back or neck pain. Contact Dr. McClellan today for more information. Call 256-494-8690.