Chiropractic spine centers focus on non-invasive pain relief techniques that are temporary in nature. Often, chiropractors manually manipulate, or adjust, the back to realign intervertebral discs, joints, and vertebrae back into proper position. A common theory behind chiropractic manipulation is the “subluxation” theory. Subluxation theory suggests that a misaligned spine, and the subsequent spinal nerve compression, cause a wide array of physical ailments throughout the entire body.
What Methods do Chiropractors Employ?
- Manual Adjustment — also called spinal manipulation; involves moving vertebrae back into their natural alignment; an adjustment can also involve certain tools, such as blocks, bands, traction devices, fulcrums, and small hammers
- Nutrition — some chiropractors will integrate nutrition into a patient’s overall treatment plan, to help with both joint and bone health, and also to help release toxins from the body, which may or may not have inhibiting effects on the spine’s ability to maintain its structural integrity
- Weight loss — reducing body mass can take added stress off of the spine and may make it easier for a chiropractor to manipulate the bones, joints, and tissues of the spine
- Massage — also called body work; an increased focus on manipulating the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues surrounding the spinal vertebrae
Who Might Benefit from a Chiropractic Spine Center
Those suffering from conditions such as herniated discs, bulging discs, bone spurs, spondylolisthesis, facet disease, osteoarthritis, or degenerative disc disease, may find chiropractic work beneficial. Chiropractic therapy is a conservative method of treatment. If after weeks or months of chiropractic treatment, in conjunction with pain medication, stretching, hot and cold compresses, or steroid injections, you are still unable to find lasting pain relief, consider more targeted forms of spine treatment.
Alternatives to a Chiropractic Spine Center
If conservative treatment fails to provide satisfactory symptom relief, contact Laser Spine Institute (LSI). LSI’s team of orthopedic experts is available to talk to you about minimally invasive, outpatient surgical procedures that are performed using the latest endoscopic advancements. LSI has helped tens of thousands of patients regain spinal health.