Spinal manipulation sometimes called “spinal manipulative therapy” is practiced by health care professionals such as chiropractors,osteopathic physicians, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, and some medical doctors. Practitioners perform spinal manipulation by using their hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine. The amount of force applied depends on the form of manipulation used. The goal of the treatment is to relieve pain and improve physical functioning.
Many people with lower back pain experience muscle spasms that lead to impaired blood flow. Manual techniques help to offset this process by improving circulation and increasing oxygen levels in the muscles.Generally, a series of spinal manipulation therapy treatments is necessary to achieve a sustained improvement in back pain symptoms. Chronic or ongoing pain usually requires more treatments than back pain that started suddenly and recently.
Although spinal manipulation therapy can help treat ongoing back pain, it tends to be more effective in acute back pain. Indeed, data suggest that spinal manipulation therapy is most likely to work within one month of the onset of back pain. It was also pointed out, however, that many patients end up visiting several doctors before they finally see a specialist who can provide spinal manipulation therapy that works. This delay in therapy likely reduces its effectiveness.
As with most therapies, long term treatment success depends heavily on what caused the back pain in the first place and on how involved a patient is in preventing future back pain. Factors that predict sustained back pain relief include:
Acute back pain. Pain relief is most likely to occur with acute back pain caused by a one-time action or event, such as in correctly lifting a heavy object.
Patient involvement. Even after spinal manipulation therapy has ended, patients can continue benefiting from its effects by doing activities that strengthen their back and abdominal muscles. Ongoing treatments. For people who have chronic pain, commitment to ongoing pain therapy is essential to gaining and maintaining relief. Back pain is a common problem, and spinal manipulation therapy is one option for people seeking relief. It is advisable to discuss with a family doctor whether it’s the right option for any person considering this treatment.
At Queen West Physiotherapy in Brampton people will find a friendly, relaxing environment where the therapists listen to patients and offer high quality healthcare with a personal touch. Queen West also offer different kinds services such as Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, massage therapy, and Osteopathy. The clinics chiropractor offers spinal manipulation and one of our physiotherapists also offers this when needed. Please contact the clinic for more information.
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