Spinal manipulation, or adjustment, is one way chiropractors treat back pain. While keeping the remaining joints in place, the chiropractor applies controlled force to the affected joint in the spine. Dr. Harris uses a hand-held device, an impulse adjusting tool that moves the joint into place to accomplish the same thing. Manipulation improves spinal alignment, decreases muscle tension and spasm, and allows the central nervous system to function correctly, all of which help provide back pain relief.
Although spinal manipulation is the primary treatment, other modalities like myofascial or soft tissue techniques may be helpful for many patients to loosen tight muscles. Chiropractors usually recommend exercises designed to strengthen and stretch muscles. We treat injuries to the spine, including conditions that can cause pain and disability, such as disc pain, sciatica, pinched nerves, and even headaches. If Dr. Harris accepts your case, he will make a customized treatment plan that addresses your immediate pain and the underlying source of the condition. In addition to adjusting the spine, Dr. Harris can correct joint alignment problems that may be contributing to the back pain or making it worse.
Prevention is always the ideal, although back pain isn't always preventable. Good body mechanics and proper posture help keep muscles flexible and balanced, and regular strength-training exercises keep muscles strong. Using proper lifting techniques can help protect the spine and prevent stress. However, even when patients do everything right, an injury or condition like arthritis can still result in back pain.
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