Chiropractic

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Chiropractic treatment at OSPI in Gilbert AZ focuses on the relationship between function and structure of the human body. It usually involves the spine, but not always. Chiropractic manipulations involve moving joints beyond usual range of motion. The purpose of chiropractic therapy is to improve functionality and relieve pain.

What is the purpose of chiropractic treatment?Chiropractor Gilbert AZ

Chiropractic treatment focuses on these concepts:

  • The human body has a natural ability to heal itself.
  • This treatment balances body structure and function to promote healing.

How common is chiropractic treatment?

In the U.S., chiropractic care is considered as a complementary health approach. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), around 18 million adults receive chiropractic treatment each year. Among survey respondents, 66% perceived excellent benefit from their therapies.

What happens at a chiropractor visit?

The chiropractor will first ask questions about your condition, review your medical history, and conduct a physical examination. He/she may order x-rays to assess your spine and body structures. Once a diagnosis is confirmed and during subsequent visits, the chiropractor will perform spinal adjustments and manual therapies.

What kinds of treatments are available through chiropractic treatment?

Other than spinal adjustments and manual therapies, the chiropractor will use:

  • Electrical nerve stimulation – This involves applying electrode patches on the skin which attach to a simulator. The stimulator produces mild electric current that stimulates specific nerves and relieves pain. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a non-invasive technique.
  • Massage therapy – This technique is used to relieve pain and alleviate muscle soreness.
  • Ice and/or heat therapy – The use of ice is good for decreasing swelling and pain reduction. Heat therapy is often used to dilate the vessels to improve blood flow to a certain body region.
  • Rehabilitation exercises – The chiropractor may teach certain exercises to allow the patient to strengthen the back and associated structures for increased mobility.
  • Advice on lifestyle changes – This includes education about proper diet, weight, and lifestyle adjustments that can help with painful conditions.

What conditions are treated with chiropractic treatment?

Many people go to the chiropractor for neck pain and headaches. However, low back pain is the most common reason people seek out chiropractic treatment. A recent Gilbert Chiropractorreview of scientific studies on manual therapies for various conditions found that spinal mobilization and manipulation was indeed helpful for back pain, neck pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, temporomandibular joint disorders, premenstrual syndrome, and extremity joint conditions.

How are spinal adjustments performed?

The chiropractor performs a spinal adjustment using his/her hands or a specialized device. Force is applied to a joint of the spine to move it slightly beyond usual range of motion. The force amount applied varies depending on the form of adjustment used.

What is the success rate of chiropractor treatment?

Many studies show that chiropractic treatment offers mild to moderate relief of neck and back pain. In one recent study, chiropractic treatment was found to be as effective as other conventional treatments, with a success rate of 80% for pain relief.

What are the limitations of chiropractic treatment?

Chiropractic treatment has several limitations. Many physical conditions and injuries cannot be treated with these measures. A patient with a ruptured disc or torn ligament should not receive care from a chiropractor. Patients with permanent disabilities can receive pain relief, but no curative effects.

Are there any risks or complications associated with chiropractic treatment?

Chiropractic treatment is safe and effective, but there are some rare risks. Side effects of spinal manipulation include temporary headaches, muscle discomfort, tiredness, and body aches.

Resources

Barnes PM, Bloom B, Nahin RL (2007). Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults and children: United States. CDC National Health Statistics Report, 2008.

Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, et al. (2010). Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report. Chiropractic & Osteopathy,18(3):1–33.

Dagenais S & Haldeman S (2002). Chiropractic. Primary Care, 29(2):419–437.

Gouveia LO, Castanho P, & Ferreira JJ (2009). Safety of chiropractic interventions: a systematic review. Spine, 34(11):E405–E413.

Kanodia AK, Legedza AT, Davis RB, et al. (2010). Perceived benefit of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for back pain: a national survey. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 23(3):354–362.

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