Lower back pain is one of the most common health complaints in doctors’ offices around the country. Common treatment protocols for back pain include drug therapy, surgical intervention, physical therapy, massage, and chiropractic adjustments. Lower back adjustments are a standard adjustment performed in a chiropractor’s office and fit well with these well-known techniques.
Lower back adjustment for back pain
Lower back adjustments are used by chiropractors for a number of reasons including vertebrae misalignment, strained muscles and ligaments, back stiffness and limited mobility, herniated discs and more. To perform an adjustment, a chiropractor will apply pressure to specific points along your spine that will force pressure to be released from the area immediately surrounding the joint. Often times this adjustment gives patients an instant sense of relief and an audible crack or pop can sometimes be heard.
Lower back adjustment for pain elsewhere in the body
Chiropractors believe that most pains felt around the body can be traced back to the spine because the spine and brain serve as the nerve pathways. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to have lower back adjustments for ailments felt in the feet or arms. Many patients find that after a series of these adjustments are made that their pain elsewhere in the body improves.
Other common adjustments
There are dozens of chiropractic adjustments performed in chiropractic offices around the country. Common adjustments include the Gonstead adjustment which is performed for specific problem areas, Flexion-Distraction is the name for a common treatment for scoliosis, the Logan Basic Technique which is a common treatment for migraines, and the Diversified Technique which offers instant neck and back pain relief in many patients.
Other treatment modalities
Many chiropractic offices also utilize other modalities to treat patients that come into their office complaining of things like lower back pain and receiving lower back adjustments. Massage is commonly offered as a treatment method that compliments adjustments as is acupuncture. Many offices also offer nutritional counseling to help patients improve their quality of life through the foods they eat and diet choices they make.