Understanding the role of a chiropractic spine center
Chiropractic spine centers focus on noninvasive pain relief techniques to take pressure off compressed nerves. Often, chiropractors manually manipulate, or adjust, the back to realign the parts of the spine into proper position. A common theory behind chiropractic manipulation is that a misaligned spine, along with related spinal nerve compression, causes a wide array of issues throughout the entire body.
While chiropractic treatment is viewed as an alternative treatment method that is outside the medical mainstream, a licensed and qualified chiropractor is considered an expert in spinal anatomy. Many patients report lasting relief by including chiropractic treatment as part of a comprehensive course of conservative treatment. If you are suffering from chronic neck or back pain, learning about the full range of treatment options can help you better work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that can return you to the people and activities you’ve been missing.
What methods do chiropractors employ?
While chiropractic adjustment is probably the first method most people associate with a chiropractor, a chiropractic spine center will also typically use other treatment options to help patients. This includes
- Manual adjustment. This involves moving vertebrae back into their natural alignment. An adjustment can also include 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.
- 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, massage can relax the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues surrounding the spinal vertebrae while also improving blood flow.
Who might benefit from a chiropractic spine center?
Those diagnosed with conditions such as herniated discs, bulging discs, bone spurs, spondylolisthesis, facet disease, osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease may find chiropractic work beneficial. 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 you are exploring surgery because weeks or months of conservative treatment has not improved your pain enough to resume normal activity, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is an alternative to traditional open spine surgery, offering our patients a faster recovery time^ with less risk of complication.
For a no-cost MRI review* to help you find out if you are a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures, reach out to Laser Spine Institute today.