spinal manipulation (SMT), chiropractic manipulation
Chiropractic care is a health science that deals with the individual patient as a whole. It is a form of alternative medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of unproven mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the belief that such a disorder affects general health via the nervous system. A symptom, to a chiropractor, is like an alarm going off letting the person know that there is something amiss in the body.
Our brain is in control and relies on information or intelligence gathered from the body to keep everything regulated. When information is not transmitted or received, the result is loss of function, for example people in wheelchair. They can no longer move their lower extremities because the communication lines have been disrupted between the brain and body. There are instances that people through chiropractic care regain partial control of limbs because communication has been restored to a degree. This is a vivid example and there are varying degrees that communication can be disrupted. Chances are that unless something big happens you will not notice the decreasing function until it becomes severe and have already lost some function.
Regular checkups to a chiropractor, like those to the dentist, may prevent body from deteriorating. Chiropractors understand that some communication can easily be restored my adjusting problematic vertebra that are in a state of subluxation (a partial abnormal separation of the articular surfaces of a joint) or misalignment (incorrect positioning or placement of something).
The nervous system is the main communication system of the entire body and the process of pregnancy is accomplished under the direction of the this system. In many cases, fertility problems may be associated with improper nervous system function, high stress and unhealthy lifestyle. In addition, if one’s pelvis is twisted there can be pressure on reproductive organs that may stress them. While chiropractic doesn't cure infertility, through it can reduce stress and interference in the nervous system.
Chiropractic doctors uses a number of drug-free methods to treat back, discs, related nerves and bone geometry. These methods often include massage, hydrotherapy, decompression, and spinal realignment.
Massage relieves ache in the back by releasing endorphins and easing muscle spasms. There are several types of massage used to treat back ache. If someone have blood clots, cancer, or is pregnant, it is important talk to a doctor before getting a massage.
Hydrotherapy is commonly used by chiropractic doctors to relieve ache in the back. This type of therapy can include sitting in a pool of warm water, or using ice packs on the affected area. Spinal decompression therapy is used to treat conditions such as degenerative disc disease and herniated discs.
Decompression therapy uses vacuum pressure to relieve pressure and restore fluids and nutrients to the discs. Ultrasound is commonly equated with pregnancy, but this machine can be used by chiropractic doctors to treat back ache. This method uses ultrasound waves to warm the tissue, and reduce swelling in the back.
Spinal realignment (Pic. 1) requires a chiropractor to use specialized techniques to readjust the spine and improve alignment. Modern equipment makes it possible to adjust the spine painlessly and without any back popping. If natural treatment methods are not an enough to manage back pain and drugs are needed, a chiropractor can direct a person in the direction of a doctor who can help.
The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, especially spinal manipulation therapy (SMT), manipulations of other joints and soft tissues. The "specific focus of chiropractic practice" is chiropractic subluxation, an unproven concept that has no scientific basis.
Chiropractors often also offer conventional therapies such as physical therapy and lifestyle counseling.
Chiropractic care may render highly significant benefits to the health and these include:
Other health benefits of chiropractic care or treatment
There are also other ways by which the human body can benefit from chiropractic care when sickness and pains attack. With a regular visit to a chiropractor, the chiropractic therapy that is given may also help the body in the following manners:
Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy
Since a woman’s body goes through numerous changes in just nine months for the development of a baby, altering the woman’s gait, center of gravity, added weight, and flexibility of the spinal structures and ligaments. While the body is undergoing all of these alterations in preparation for the developing baby, the mother often has episodes of lower back pain, hip discomfort, nausea, morning sickness, leg pain, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins.
Back pain and joint strain can also lead to other problems in the body as the women are required to change their posture and their method of walking, sitting, and standing in order to compensate for their added weight and size. These pains and discomforts can lead to other problems such as headaches and difficulty sleeping which can make a difficult situation that much worse.
Because women naturally gain weight due to the growing fetus, back pain is common due to the added strain to the abdomen and back. Due to the weight of the fetus and the consequent shift in the center of gravity, a woman naturally is required to change the way in which she walks as well as her posture. During this time, women also produce hormones that cause the joints to loosen. Because of this, misalignment of the vertebrae is all too common. However, if a mother is under Chiropractic Care, many of these mentioned symptoms can be decreased and/or alleviated by adjustments, nutritional advise, and exercise.
Chiropractors can accomplish this without the use of medication that can be harmful for the developing fetus and the mother. Chiropractors using gentle and targeted methods, he guarantees a safe and easy treatment to benefit both the mother and child. The Webster technique is a non-invasive treatment designed to relieve the strain on the ligaments around the uterus so as to encourage breech babies to naturally shift their heads to a desirable position. A painless procedure, the Webster method is both risk-free as well as effective.
To enhance the benefits of chiropractic care, it is best to combine efforts with natural techniques. Even chiropractors recommend it in order to help body adjust to the treatment provided. The relief from source of discomfort will allow body to attain maximum better performance.
To enhance the results, it is necessary try to develop a routine that incorporates the following physical activities:
Failure factor of chiropractic care can be strees. One of the effects of chronic stress is prolonged muscle tension and contraction. this muscle tension creates pressures on the structures of your body, leading to misalignments of your spine and the other joints of your body. These misalignments cause nerve irritation, which then can cause common conditions such as, back pain, neck pain, headaches, jaw pain, and even high blood pressure.
All treatments need a thorough medical history, diagnosis and plan of management. Chiropractors, must rule out contraindications to any treatments, including adverse events.
Relative contraindications, such as osteoporosis are conditions where increased risk is acceptable in some situations and where mobilization and soft-tissue techniques may be treatments of choice. Most contraindications apply to the manipulation of the affected region.
While safety has been debated, and serious injuries and deaths can occur and may be under-reported, these are generally rare and spinal manipulation is relatively safe when employed skillfully and appropriately.
Adverse events are believed to be under-reported and appear to be more common following high velocity/ low amplitude manipulation than mobilization. Mild, frequent and temporary adverse events occur in Spinal manipulation (SMT) which include temporary increase in pain, tenderness and stiffness. These effects generally are reduced within 24–48 hours. Serious injuries and fatal consequences, especially to SM in the upper cervical region, can occur. However, these injuries are regarded as rare when spinal manipulation is employed skillfully and appropriately.
In some cases, there might be a mild feeling of soreness or aching with chiropractic treatment. The reason for this is that your body has to readjust to the realignment done after being misaligned for a while.
However, it shouldn't take long either before your body can regain its normal function and mobility.
Systematic reviews have not found evidence that chiropractic manipulation is effective for any medical condition, with the possible exception of treatment for lower back pain.
A quality chiropractic doctor not only treats conditions of the spine, they offer education to help patients keep these problems from reoccurring in the future. Regular exercise, good posture, weight loss, and proper sleep habits are some of the recommendations chiropractic doctors will make to patients to help keep back ache at bay.
During pregnancy has been shown hat chiropractic care to improve overall maternal well-being.
The patients who adhered to their chiropractic exercise program regularly indicated positive results and improved outcomes in their functioning and activities of daily living.
Pregnant women with low-risk or uncomplicated pregnancies, who experienced low back pain, appear to have benefited from chiropractic treatment, including spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy and exercise therapy.
Chiropractic care they received during their pregnancy, and had positive outcomes in terms of reduction in their low back pain symptoms, and improved range of motion and overall function. Future research into the effectiveness and safety of chiropractic care for LBP (low back pain) during pregnancy is still needed.
Chiropractic care can be used in conjunction with other conventional approaches to resolving infertility concerns and can greatly improve the chances of successful medical procedures such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Regular chiropractic care can affect internal processes such as breathing, blood vessel dilation and digestion and these positive effects may help move a fertilized egg into fallopian tubes.