As we age, it becomes painfully evident, usually in our backs. But even without aging, other factors can leave our bodies in pain, such as an accident. When looking to health professionals for back pain relief, our primary care physician may prescribe temporary pain relief medicine usually in the form of a temporary narcotic. Physical therapy usually offers some relief by working muscular problems. When it comes to skeletal issues and adjustments, the chiropractor is definitely the answer to pain relief.
Chiropractors are used for sports injury, accident-related problems, and aging issues. Chiropractors employ various techniques to correct problems which are causing pain, spinal manipulation, physical therapy, trigger point therapy, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic massage. When correcting the skeletal problems in conjunction with relaxing and massaging the muscle tissue, the combination leads to pain relief. Regular chiropractic visits can lead to long term pain relief by repairing muscular, nervous, and skeletal issues.
Spinal manipulation is one of the most popular therapies at the chiropractor. It involves moving the spine and aligning the spine. It helps relieve pressure in the joints, help repair nerves, and reduce inflammation in the area needing pain relief. Spinal adjustment therapy is usually used in conjunction with other muscular repair therapies to help keep skeletal alignments in place and relax the muscles around the area in question to allow the spine to adjust more normally and stay adjusted.
Physical therapy uses exercise rehabilitation, whether a doctor is performing the stretches, or you are independently using equipment, it is meant to help heal your body and alleviate your pain. Physical therapy will stretch and strengthen your muscles, helping to heal the tissues and keep any skeletal alignments in place.
Trigger point therapy involves compressing areas of skeletal muscle in order to relieve pain. They are often in the form of what we refer to as a knot. Knots can be formed by muscles being too tight in a particular area. They can form from scar tissues or the residuals from some type of accident. The knots are worked out by the chiropractor or the massage therapist at the chiropractor’s office. Decompressing knotted areas helps relieve pain and can help achieve long term pain relief.
Electrical stimulation stimulates the muscle to varying degrees, depending on what the patient can physically handle. The electrical stimulation forces the muscles to contract. This can help with reducing pain by ultimately relaxing the muscle and reducing muscle spasms.
Therapeutic massage can also help in relaxing the muscles, reducing muscle spasms, and ultimately, reducing pain. Massage therapy not only feels good, but it helps stretch, soften tissue, reduce knots, and relax your muscles.
If you are looking for long term pain reduction without using narcotics, consider the chiropractor. Today, it is not just a simple spine manipulation but an overall muscular, nervous system, and skeletal adjustments to help you live a pain-free lifestyle.