BURLINGTON CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT OF BACK AND NECK PAIN
As a non-invasive pain relief alternative, chiropractic treatment helps patients with muscle, joint, bone, and nerve pain.
Neck and lower back pain commonly stems from dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal structure, especially the spine. Dysfunction and pain in the back can be caused by sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, trauma, or repetitive stress ( including sitting for long hours at a desk). Chiropractic neck pain treatment, along with the treatment of back pain, uses hands-on muscle therapy and mobilization to help the body to heal faster.
A chiropractor will initially do a detailed medical history and physical examination, and will then determine the appropriate treatment plan. The treatment plan, other than the manual therapy to the muscles and joints, will also include exercise rehabilitation, and home care recommendations that will all help to speed up the recovery process.
The following are just a few examples of conditions that can be successfully treated by a chiropractor:
Sprain and strain injuries in the cervical and lumbar area
Tendonitis in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees
Facet joint syndrome, which also involves degenerative diseases
Mild vertebral disc injuries
Foot pain and dysfunctions
Whiplash injury due to a vehicular accident
Our back and neck pain treatments last for 20-30 minutes and sometimes even longer depending on the complexity of the condition that is being treated. Our professional chiropractors will advise and devise the best plan for your treatment.
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Treatment Techniques Used by Chiropractors
Based on the patient’s diagnosis and comfort level, our chiropractors can use a combination of techniques and therapies to provide the best possible relief for each individual.
Mobilization of the joints involves manual stretching and movement of the joints, which reduces back pain and related muscular discomfort. Sometimes, mild thrusting motions are used in order to restore movement.
Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Sometimes chiropractors will use an instrument as a way to mobilize a joint or relax a muscle. This allows for a more comfortable and gentle approach to restoring healthy movement and function in the joints and muscles. For the most optimal treatment, often chiropractors will combine this treatment with the manual mobilization of the joints mentioned above.
Interferential Electrical Stimulation and Ultrasound Therapy
Interferential Current (IFC for short) and Ultrasound Therapy are physiotherapy modalities that help to improve blood flow, and reduce inflammation, stiffness and pain in the joints and soft tissues. These therapies are often used in conjunction with the above-mentioned therapies to achieve optimal results and faster healing.
Muscle therapy helps to reduce tension in tight muscles and helps to improve blood flow to the areas of injury. It usually involves an array of motions, including rubbing, pressing, and manipulation of muscles and soft tissues with fingers and hands. Active release therapy (ART) can also be used whereby muscle tension is released while the patient is actively moving the muscle.
Rehabilitation Exercises and Home Care
It is important for the chiropractor to provide the patient with a customized exercise and stretching routine to further encourage healing and strengthening between treatments. The chiropractor will also provide advice on what activities to avoid and other home care recommendations that will help to speed up healing (such as cryotherapy, increase in water intake etc.).