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Posted on 01-05-2015

Someone who has never been to a chiropractor may not understand what a chiropractor does. Yes, they might have a small level of understanding that a chiropractor can help with back pain, but sometimes their knowledge stops there. Also, unfortunately, some traditional healthcare providers or even regular patrons, may offer negative advice on seeking chiropractic care, even though they don’t fully understand what a chiropractor does.

So, exactly what does a chiropractor do and how do they help with pain?

The spine is made up of  33 vertebrae--7 cervical (neck), 12 thoracic (mid back), and 5 lumbar (low back). Below the lumbar vertebrae are the sacrum and coccyx. The spinal cord runs down through the vertebral column. It branches out into individual spinal nerves, which feed each part of the body. Each vertebrae stacks on top of each other, which creates openings where these spinal nerves come out.  Because these vertebrae can move, sometimes they can put pressure on the spinal nerves, which can cause pain and swelling.

A chiropractor was trained to manipulate these vertebrae back into alignment. There are many techniques that can do this. A chiropractor can do a physical manipulation or use different tools to achieve this. Also, sometimes soft tissue and muscle surrounding the vertebrae can spasm and get inflamed, a chiropractor can also utilize physical therapy modalities to help facilitate an adjustment.

So, a chiropractor is well-trained to help back and neck pain. They can help get to the source of your back pain rather than just treating the symptoms. Getting to the cause of the pain and fixing it will help prevent further complications down the road.

Dr. Heath Gallentine

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