How Spinal Manipulation Therapy Reduces Back Pain

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Many people experience back pain due to poor biomechanical function, trauma or another condition. Misaligned vertebrae or other spinal health conditions can place excessive pressure on nerves, causing pain in the area and in other parts of the body.

Back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, numbness or tingling down arms and fingers can be caused by impinged nerves and a misaligned spine.

Spinal manipulation therapy can provide natural relief and speed healing. Chiropractic spinal manipulation safely and gently realigns the spinal column and improves spinal health and function.

What is Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation Therapy?

After an assessment of your back, a chiropractor determines where to make spinal adjustments to realign the vertebrae in the spinal column. These manipulations are often done manually, but a chiropractor may use a drop table or other specialized equipment to facilitate the treatment. Spinal manipulation can help:

  • Improve the range of motion
  • Reduce muscle spasms and tightness
  • Eliminate tenderness in the back and other areas of the body
  • Realign the spine for improved symmetry
  • Improve circulation
  • Headache Relief

Spinal Traction

Back pain chiropractors use a technique called “spinal traction” which stretches the spine. It decompresses the joints in the vertebrae and the tissues surrounding the spine. The decompression helps to relieve the pain in your back while also allowing your body to heal. There are two ways that spinal traction can be used; manually or mechanically.

  • Manual Traction: This technique involves chiropractors using their hands to apply direct force to your joints. Sometimes you might hear a cracking noise because the pressure the chiropractor is forcing on your joints manipulates your bones.
  • Mechanical Traction: A specialized machine is used to apply pressure to your joints, and this is used for longer periods. This requires ropes and pulleys that are attached to your body to relieve pressure. The chiropractor adjusts the machine and moves it to stretch your joints which causes less force to the body.


Spinal Mobilization

Spinal mobilization is a gentle technique that back pain chiropractors use for patients who have serious or chronic discomfort in their lower back. If you have degenerative bone or joint diseases such as osteoporosis or arthritis and experience pain, spinal mobilization may be the better option for you since there is less pressure on your fragile bones.

Why Spinal Manipulation Therapy is the Right Choice

Patients often experience less intense back pain and an improved range of motion with regular chiropractic spinal manipulation treatment. Circulation is also improved by manual manipulation increasing oxygen levels to the muscles reducing and even eliminating muscle spams.

A series of sessions may be required to address the root cause of a patient’s back pain and achieve a sustained improvement in back pain symptoms. Long-term treatment success depends on what caused the back pain in the first place and on how involved a patient is in preventing future back pain.

Chronic back pain typically requires more treatment than back pain that occurred suddenly.
Back pain is a common problem, and spinal manipulation is a great option for those seeking relief.