Chiropractic Treatment

Venturis Chiropractic Treatment Services

 

 

Chiropractic treatment involves specific adjustments. These therapies are performed by chiropractors who are trained specialists that use their hands or a small instrument to apply sudden force to a body structure or joint. According to the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

 

Our Venturis Chiropractors a range of techniques that manipulate the spine, joints, muscles, and body structures. They also involve exercises in rehabilitation, as well as lifestyle changes, diet, and alternative therapies. Chiropractic is a portion of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), which is different from conventional western medicine.



Conditions Treated by Chiropractic

 

Chiropractic treatment is used for:

  • Chronic low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Radiculopathy

Your general practitioner will advise you on whether you should see a chiropractor for your condition. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends manual therapy and spinal manipulation for treatment of persistent back pain.



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How is Soft Tissue Treatment Different from Manipulation?

The two types of treatment used by chiropractors is manipulation treatment and soft tissue treatment. With manipulation treatment, the chiropractor focuses on the manual application of a sudden, controlled force on the joint, which was restricted in movement. This treatment can produce a snapping sound, which sounds like muscle tearing or bones grating. However, the sound is small bubbles of gas being manipulated. These bubbles are often in synovial fluid of joints and the spine. These adjustments improve efficiency and range of motion of the treated area, and reduce pain, muscle tightness, and discomfort.

 

With soft tissue treatment, the primary focus is on disorders of the tendons and muscles. Soft tissue treatment is a form of massage, that relieves pain and muscle tightness, while improving circulation and flexibility. Soft tissue therapy will help improve joint movement and ease chronic pain.

Does Chiropractic Treatment Work?

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession rather than a single treatment. Evidence shows that chiropractic treatment is effective for back and neck pain, and it can reduce the reliance on pain medicines.

Is Chiropractic Treatment Effective?

In a pilot study, researchers sought to evaluate the effects of chiropractic treatment. They evaluated 72 people with chronic low back pain of mechanical origin. Patients seen the chiropractor for spinal manipulation, electrotherapy, soft tissue therapy, and/or ultrasound. The researchers concluded that there was a significant positive effect in relation to the number of chiropractic treatments. Relief was best for patients who seen the chiropractor 3-4 times a week for 3 weeks. In a study involving 28 patients, the efficacy rate for treating whiplash with chiropractic therapy was 74%. The results showed that this treatment was very useful for whiplash symptoms.

Common Chiropractic Program Plans

Good chiropractors will do everything possible to help patients feel better as fast as humanly possible. When you go for an evaluation, the chiropractor will recommend a plan of care. The doctor also gives advice on how to avoid future injuries and problems, with relation to diet, activities, ergonomics, orthotics, and posture. In general, in the absence of progressive worsening of your condition or symptoms during treatment, the common chiropractic program is 3 times per week for 3-6 weeks.

 

If improvement is noted, the chiropractor may taper your treatment protocol while introducing self-help measures. After your course of therapy, the doctor will likely take x-rays and condition a re-evaluation. In the case of plateau or absence of improvement, the treatment regimen is often changed or other therapy options are started.

Resources

Hass M, Groupp E, Kraemer DF, et al. (2004). Dose-response for Chiropractic Care of Chronic Low Back Pain. Spine Journal, 4(5), 574-583.

 

Khan S, Cook J, Gargan M, et al. (1999). A Symptomatic Classification of Whiplash Injury and the Implications for Treatment. Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine, 21(1); 22-25.

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