Spinal Adjustments: A Natural, Effective Way to Resolve Middle Back Pain

Spinal Adjustments: A Natural, Effective Way to Resolve Middle Back Pain

Thoracic back pain is a common complaint among students, office workers and hikers. It is often caused by toting around heavy backpacks or staying hunched over a desk and completing tedious computer work for hours at a time. In some instances, it may also be caused by disease, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries and activities that require repetitive, upper body movements (e.g. assembly line work). Mercifully, the pain and comorbidities commonly associated with thoracic back pain may be addressed with spinal adjustments. If one were to start at the skull and work downward, the thoracic section of the spine would be the area that begins at the base of the neck (T1) and extends to a spot that sits just below a person’s rib cage (T12). Within that area are a dozen vertebrae, intervertebral discs, ligaments, the thoracic spinal nerve and two major muscles. The muscles are known as the longissimus and the spinalis. Together, they help us move our bodies from side to side and support our rib cage, which contains organs essential to life. Spinal adjustments are most useful when thoracic back pain is not related to spinal fractures. In the event of fractures, it may be necessary for a person to undergo back surgery or wear a brace until the bones mend. Afterward, chiropractic care may help address range of motion problems as well as pain that may occur during post-surgery therapy sessions. It is important to note that depending on which area of the thoracic spine is in distress, additional health problems may also occur. The list of comorbidities includes, but doesn’t end with arm muscle weakness, reduced range of motion, sensory disturbances, painful respiration and mixed incontinence. As they are often caused by pinched nerves, spinal adjustments may aid in resolving those comorbidities too. The number of spinal adjustments needed to address those primary and secondary health concerns will vary based on two main factors: 1) the extent of the injury and 2) the body’s ability to respond to treatment. To find out more about thoracic back pain and the role spinal adjustments may play in its resolution, call our Indianapolis chiropractic office today and schedule a consultation with a licensed chiropractor. Image courtesy of stockimages /...

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Advantages of Routine Spinal Adjustments

Advantages of Routine Spinal Adjustments

Routine spinal adjustments are an important part of maintaining the posture and spinal orientation necessary for a healthy and independent lifestyle. Whether you are looking to treat already existing issues or prevent them from occurring in the first place, routine adjustment of the spine by an experienced Indianapolis chiropractor may be a great course of action to take. By learning more about spinal adjustment, deciding if it is right for your needs should be possible. Little Side Effects With other treatment options for back pain such as over-the-counter inflammation reducers or narcotic pain relief medication, there are a large array of potential side effects. If these medications are used over a long period of time, their negative side effects can often outweigh the short term pain relief provided. On the other hand, chiropractic treatment has almost no negative side effects. According to The Survival Doctor, “ For short-term back pain, some studies have shown that chiropractic can be as effective as or more effective than conventional treatment. For long-term back pain, a 2004 analysis published by the respected Cochrane Collaboration found that chiropractic adjustments were as good as but not better than other treatments like physical therapy, exercise or pain medication.” In summary, routine spinal adjustments are effective at treating pain and enhancing the prospect of recovery, but other options such as exercise or physical therapy should be considered independently or in combination with chiropractic treatment. Over Time Bones Misalign Even individuals who exercise regularly may find that the bones in their spine fall into misalignment over time. When any of the 24 bones that make up the spine fall into misalignment, it can pinch, choke or irritate delicate nerve tissue. The pain caused by this may lead to a bad posture, furthering the development of more severe problems. Call our chiropractic clinic today to schedule a consultation. Image courtesy of stockimages /...

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Spinal Adjustments: A Look at the Basics of Flexion Distraction

Spinal Adjustments: A Look at the Basics of Flexion Distraction

Have you heard about flexion distraction yet? It’s one of the spinal adjustment techniques used by some Indianapolis chiropractic practitioners. It is perfect for treating a variety of painful conditions including chronic headaches, osteoporosis, slipped discs, spondylolisthesis and pregnancy related back pain. So how does flexion distraction spinal adjustments work? In most instances, the Indianapolis chiropractic clinic subjects the patient to tolerance testing and a full, initial exam. Afterward, he or she is asked to lie face down onto a specially designed chiropractic table so the spinal adjustments may begin. Oftentimes, the chiropractor performing the spinal adjustments keys in on a single vertebral segment at a time. While focusing on the vertebral segment, the chiropractor uses a series of spinal adjustments to drop intradiscal pressure. Intradiscal pressure, in case you’re unaware, plays a crucial role in how well the human spine functions in certain situations. As such, it has been studied by chiropractic professionals for years. Basically, when a person’s intradiscal pressure is high, pain occurs. That’s why chiropractors generally try to lower it to a normal range. The patient’s intradiscal pressure isn’t all that is taken into account during flexion distraction spinal adjustment sessions. The chiropractor also works on opening up the foraminal canal. This canal houses a person’s spinal nerves, which can become pinched or otherwise irritated over time. By opening it up, the nerves are able to resume their normal position and hopefully heal in the process. Depending on the patient’s state of affairs, flexion distraction spinal adjustments may or may not be combined with other chiropractic techniques. The chiropractic professional may also opt to complete the treatments over several months’ time. To ask questions about flexion distraction and other forms of spinal adjustments that may benefit you or a loved one, please contact our office today. Image courtesy of cooldesign /...

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What You Should Know About Well-Being & Spinal Adjustments

What You Should Know About Well-Being & Spinal Adjustments

When it comes to achieving overall well-being, making time for routine spinal adjustments is one health care practice that an increasing number of Americans have adopted for their own. If you have been thinking about following in their footsteps, here’s what you need to know: Our spinal cords are an integral part of our central nervous and musculoskeletal systems. As such, when something goes wrong in the spinal cord region, it is apt to impact your quality of life and health on many different levels. Therefore, one of the best ways to maintain a sense of well-being is to take care of our spine on a regular basis. Visiting Indianapolis chiropractors and making use of their ability to perform precise spinal adjustments is one approach to doing just that. During a spinal adjustment, a chiropractor judiciously applies force to areas of the spine that may be out of alignment or otherwise not functioning optimally. Because the treatment’s effectiveness is partially determined by the amount of force used and its placement, chiropractors tend to use a myriad of adjustment techniques and devices. For instance, some chiropractors may opt to use specially designed tables and their hands to make the spinal adjustments. Examples of spinal adjustments made by hand include toggle drops, toggle recoils, release work and lumbar rolls. Others may choose to use spring-loaded activators, electrical massagers, cervical pillows, pre-cut therapeutic tapes and electrotherapy/ultrasound devices in their patient’s care. Either way, once the spine is back into alignment, your chiropractor may provide additional treatments too. Those additional treatments are often designed to relax the person’s muscles, ease nerve pain, reduce inflammation and increase range of motion. To learn more about spinal adjustments and the impact that they can have on your particular, overall well-being, please seek out an appointment with our Indianapolis licensed chiropractor...

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