Chiropractic treatment for back, neck and muscle pain
Chiropractic is an alternative form of medicine which has survived and flourished through centuries of human development. It focuses on promoting health by correcting displacements (called subluxations) in the spine and other joints by non-intrusive physical means. Your chiropractor is a skilled professional in dealing with neck and back pain and it is the least invasive approach to treatment of these conditions. No injections, no surgery, and no drugs are involved. Of course, advice is also given on nutrition, physical exercises, and life style adjustments where it is relevant and useful. Chiropractic treatment is now so popular that, according to one estimate a number as large as 22 million citizens seek chiropractic treatment annually. Since no puncturing or cutting of the skin is involved, there is no chance of any secondary infection being caused. Anesthesia is not required. It addresses the causes of the problem rather than just treating pain.
What are the qualifications of your chiropractor?
An undergraduate degree with a minimum of 90 semester hours at the undergraduate level is required for admission to a chiropractic institution in USA. GPA requirement is at least 2.5, and in some institutions a minimum of 2.8 or higher may be required. The chiropractic school involves a training of minimum 4200 hours including lectures, laboratory work, and supervised practical training. Successful completion will earn the student degree of Doctor of Chiropractic, abbreviated as DC. Further, a state license is required for practicing chiropractic treatment. The practitioner is expected to improve himself through a mandatory continued professional education (CPE) program. This is about as much qualification as other medical education systems provide. A person with the title DC is a qualified chiropractor whose competence has been approved by Federal and State agencies.
How is back pain caused?
Backache can be caused by a number of factors working alone or in conjunction.
- Wear of Vertebral Column – The main reason is usually a dislocation or wear of one or more of the vertebrae constituting the spinal column (or the vertebral column) or the backbone.
- Trauma – back pain can also be caused by trauma, e.g., in an accident, in a mismanaged sports manoeuver, lifting a heavy weight, or sometimes even when suddenly getting up from a sitting or bending position.
- Muscular Problems – The pain may be due to a strained muscle in the back, or due to nerve being pressed between two adjacent vertebrae.
- Gastric Problems – Chronic backache may be caused by apparently as uncorrelated factors as gastric problems.
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain can also be caused by a number of factors, sometimes, seemingly uncorrelated. For example, pain in the upper neck and back of the head may be caused by vision problems. However, most often the cause of neck pain will lie in the cervical region. The spine is comprised of a vertical stack of 24 vertebrae, the sacrum and coccyx, separated by intervertebral discs. The vertebrae have projections to lock together and remain in position, yet allowing a measure of turning and bending ability to the back, sideways, and to-and-fro movement of the neck and head. There is an excellent packing between two adjacent vertebrae, and nerve fibers radiate outwards between two vertebrae. With age, trauma (accident), misuse (bad sitting and sleeping postures), or for some other reason, the packing between these vertebrae can get worn out or damaged. This will restrict flexibility, and may even cause severe, debilitating pain in the neck and back. It is also possible that muscular stresses cause neck pain.
Can chiropractic treatment cure back pain and neck pain?
The main focus of chiropractic care is the spine, the neck and the joints of the body. Thus chiropractic specializes in treatment of the back, neck and joints. Of those who seek chiropractic treatment a major percentage, 35% or about 7.7 million the United States of America, go to a chiropractor looking for relief from back ache. Similarly, neck pain is also a major complaint. Most of these people visit a chiropractor because they have been disappointed by the traditional medical care, did not benefit from it, or have found it too costly. Chiropractic should be your first form of treatment for back and neck problems.
How does a chiropractor relieve back and neck pain?
When you report to a chiropractor in Gainesville, FL for the first time, he will go through a number of steps before he finalizes a treatment plan for you.
- Medical History – your chiropractor will first take a detailed medical history and review any previous medical records that you may possess. You should be frank in answering to your chiropractor’s questions and must try to provide authentic information. Remember you can expect a better treatment if you provide him or her with correct and full information.
- Physical Examination – Based on your statements and your medical records, your chiropractor will form an opinion on all possible problems and treatment options which will be verified through a physical examination. This is an important step in trying to isolate the cause of your discomfiture, and a necessary step towards treatment. When your chiropractor in Gainesville, FL has completed a physical examination he will record it. By this time your chiropractor would have most likely formed a definite opinion on how to begin the treatment.
- Laboratory Tests – In some cases, and of course in your interest, your chiropractor may ask you to have some laboratory tests, including X-rays, or MRI’s done. Once these results are made available to your doctor, he or she should be able to form a definite opinion about your problem and the treatment required by you.
- Physical Manipulations – This is the main treatment of chiropractic. Your chiropractor will physically manipulate your spine or neck in the area that he may suspect and try to relieve you. This manipulation will normally include firm and sudden movements by hands to adjust any dislocations, though Dr. Haines is also proficient in several low-force techniques. What type and magnitude is applied to your spine or joints, and in what direction, and for how many times will depend on his assessment of your problem. It is quite possible that you feel immediate relief, although, repeated treatment will normally be needed. In some cases, change of treatment plan may also become necessary as a result of your improvement response.
- Exercise Advice – The practitioner may prescribe you useful exercises to be conducted by you or an attendant at home till the next visit. You must take this advice very seriously as it will help in a faster recovery.
- Nutritional Advice – Similarly, he or she may give you advice on what to eat, and what to avoid. Your chiropractor in Gainesville FL may prescribe some food supplements to aid in faster recovery.
- Follow-up – Other than the cases where patients get immediate relief, the chiropractic expert will need to see you again. In this follow up visit he or she may go through the same steps. Depending on what you report and what the chiropractor sees in his examination, he may modify the treatment or continue with the same. It is quite possible that in some cases you have to see him or her repeatedly before you recover fully.
Is chiropractic treatment for backache and neck pain safe?
Every intelligent and concerned patient should ask this question before going for any treatment. And the answer is yes, it is safe. It is at least as safe as any other system of treatment of back and neck pain. Chiropractic is an ancient art developed through the centuries and highly regulated by the relevant professional bodies in each country and state. When you go to your DC (doctor of chiropractic) he or she will know whether and what treatment to give you.
At Absolute Health Chiropractic in Gainesville FL, Dr. Rick Haines has developed a unique and highly efficacious chiropractic technique over the years, that helps in the speedy and complete recovery of all your back and neck problems.
When to visit your chiropractor in Gainesville, FL?
If you are facing any of the following back and neck problems, it is advisable that you immediately visit your chiropractor:
- Persistent back pain that does not get relieved even after taking pain medication
- Sudden and severe back pain
- Tightening of the muscles of your back and neck
- Pain in your back and neck upon movement or when you change your posture
- Difficulty in moving or reduced movement of the neck and back
Where to find a qualified chiropractor in Gainesville FL?
Do you live in Gainesville, FL and you are looking for safe and effective chiropractic treatment of neck and back problems? Your first choice should be Dr. Rick Haines at Absolute Health Chiropractic in Gainesville, Florida. Why? Because here you can get quality, highly effective and soothing chiropractic treatment. So what are you waiting for? Visit Dr. Rick Haines today and get rid of all your musculoskeletal problems.
Chiropractor Dr. Haines | Absolute Health Chiropractic | 4110 NW 37th Place, Suite D | Gainesville, FL 32606 | (352) 377-7373