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Posted on 01-15-2016
If you are considering chiropractic care to alleviate back pain, you probably have a lot of questions. In short, chiropractic care works because of the hands-on spinal manipulation techniques used by trained professionals. To further your familiarity with chiropractic care, read on for a quick view of Spinal manipulation.
The goal of chiropractic technique is to "restore or to enhance joint function." To achieve that goal, chiropractors have well over 100 techniques to choose from, depending on individual needs. The techniques can be divided into two general categories:
Spinal Manipulation(High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Thrust) In spinal manipulation techniques, chiropractors position the body in a certain way and then use their hands to apply force to a joint, thus leading the joint to "pop" back into place.
Spinal Mobilization(Low-Force or Gentle Chiropractic Techniques) Sometimes various conditions will lead the patient to require a gentler method. Spinal Mobilization requires less body twisting or forceful joint thrusting. It increases range of motion in a gentler, more passive way.
In both cases, sudden and precise force, of various intensity, is used to manipulate the spine. When the spine is manipulated, there is a release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide which leads to pain relief. In addition to spinal manipulation, an overall treatment plan may include other therapies, such as applying ice or heat to affected areas, depending on individual needs.
Here at Lexington Family Chiropractics, we will provide you with personalized treatment for your specific symptoms and needs. Contact us today to make an appointment.
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