Chiropractic methods have been shown to be effective in reducing pain among people with back pain. For example, a study of 42 patients who visited chiropractors for pain management over a period of two months found that low force spinal adjustments successfully helped ease lower back pain.
Regular chiropractic treatments usually focus on spinal manipulation and alignment to aid pain management and stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. Realignment of the spine is thought to reduce pressure on the central nervous system. Headaches and lower back pain are among the most common conditions treated by a chiropractor.
Your first visit is likely to be an evaluation, not unlike what you go through on the first visit to a doctor’s office. You will be asked to describe your symptoms and your chiropractor may order tests and X-rays that could help her understand your condition better.
You and your chiropractor will then develop a treatment plan. Pain management likely requires multiple visits over a long period to provide the best pain therapy.
At each visit, your chiropractor may use forceful pressure on key parts of your back or other parts of your body to realign your spine and manage pain. This pressure may be abrupt or it may be low in force, and may be delivered by hands or with the help of a specially designed instrument. Massage may also be incorporated into your treatment. Talk to your chiropractor about the different methods she likes to use before agreeing to a treatment plan.
You may also be given:
A change in diet
Recommendations for physical activity
Hot and cold packs
LOW BACK PAIN