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Chiropractic Treatment and Pain
Chiropractic remains one of the most widely used forms of manual medicine – treatment that uses the hands to manipulate the body. The word “chiropractic” comes from Greek roots meaning “done by hand.” It was formally introduced in 1895 and goes back to ancient systems of treatment in China, India, and Egypt. Chiropractors concentrate on spinal manipulation as a means of relieving pain, primarily chronic low back pain, neck pain, tension headaches along with pain in the knees, shoulders and elbows. Spinal adjustment (manipulation) is one form of therapy chiropractors use to treat restricted spinal mobility. Many use additional treatments such as ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation and exercises. The goal is to restore spinal movement and improve function.
Some patients do not like having their body aligned by manual manipulation. In these cases, the chiropractic activator is used. It was invented because chiropractors needed a better, more efficient way of helping their patients without causing pain or stress. The most common reason to visit a chiropractor is to relieve stress and pain, not add more. With this treatment using the activator, people are less afraid of treatment; therefore, less painful and more efficient in re-aligning bones in the body. Your chiropractor will assess which would be best for the patient.
- Chiropractic care can help with trauma from an accident causing spinal misalignments in the body, which can irritate nerves, bones, ligaments and discs. Any accident, no matter how minor, can create nerve-damaging misalignments.
- Pregnant woman often turn to chiropractic care to help alleviate pains associated with pregnancy. The additional weight and stress on the body during pregnancy can cause pain in almost any part of the body.
- Babies and children grow quickly with their muscles, ligaments and bones developing rapidly. A jump, tumble or fall can jar the body and affect the spine and possibly the nervous system. Simple factors like a heavy backpack or an ill-fitting car seat can have negative effects.
- The golden years have numerous physical problems associated with aging. With the attention given to prescription drugs and/or surgery, little attention is paid to actually fixing these problems. Chiropractors understand the effects of aging and have been helping older folks deal with their aches and pains.
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