Understanding the Principles Behind Chiropractic Medicine
Back pain is a problem that almost all Americans will suffer from at some point in their lifetimes, and chiropractic medicine is the most popular solution to remedy it. Chiropractic therapies may be used exclusively or in conjunction with other treatments to relieve back pain and other conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system:
Healing the Spine
In order to understand the way that chiropractic can work to relieve symptoms such as headaches, pain or numbness in the extremities, or even fatigue, you need to know how the spine affects all areas of the body. One primary function of the spine is to house the spinal cord, which is a bundle of nerve roots that communicate with every part of the body. When an injury has been sustained in the back, it will cause a subluxation that irritates the nerves. Symptoms may be felt all over, but the primary focus of the chiropractor will be to make adjustments in the back.
Healing the Body
Before beginning any sort of treatment, the chiropractor may use x-ray or other imaging techniques to assess the condition of the spine and pinpoint problem areas. By applying pressure to areas causing pain, pressure is relieved around the joints. This allows the body time to heal itself by rebuilding the soft tissues.
Typically, chiropractic adjustments need to be performed regularly over a series of several weeks. Each adjustment will provide relief, but there can be soreness while the joints are being manipulated. Relief of symptoms, including back pain, neck pain, stiffness in the joints, and headaches, has been proven, and ongoing studies are working to prove the effectiveness of chiropractic for a variety of other conditions.
At the Spine Institute of Nevada, we will design an individualized treatment plan to address your symptoms. Schedule a consultation to discuss your back or neck pain by calling 702-239-3787 or visiting our website.