Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain in Asheville
The spinal column is comprised of a complex, interconnected network of nerves, bones, muscles, tendons and discs. Any disruption to these structures can cause back pain. Pain may even radiate to other parts of the body, such as the hip or legs. Younger adults tend to experience back pain due to back muscle strain or lumbar disc herniation while older adults are more apt to suffer from back pain due to a compression fracture or joint degeneration.
Chiropractic treatment for back pain typically consists of manual manipulation or mobilization. Manual manipulation of the spine refers to high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied to spinal areas to reduce nerve irritability, improve functionality and eliminate pain. Mobilization refers to low velocity manipulation and the stretching of joints and muscles to increase range of motion and reduce back pain.
Often, chiropractic care will include physiological therapeutic services in the treatment of back pain. Manual therapy may be done on the soft tissues of the back to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, encourage faster healing and reduce back pain. Heat and ice therapy is used to increase blood flow and promote quicker healing. Chiropractors may also provide patients with an exercise program focusing on strengthening and stretching the back. Electric muscle stimulation may be done. With this procedure, electrodes are placed on the skin sending electrical impulses to different areas of the back to curtail muscle spasm, reduce inflammation and relieve back pain.
Ultrasound therapy is another common treatment that chiropractors use in addition to spinal adjustment. With ultrasound, sound waves create deep heat that is applied to the joints and tissues. It’s a micro-massaging of the soft tissues and joints. Ultrasound therapy accelerates the healing process and helps reduce back stiffness, spasms and pain.
Different Types of Spinal Adjustments for Back Pain in Asheville
Our Asheville chiropractors at Lawson Chiropractic use a variety of different types of spinal adjustments in the treatment of back pain. The Thompson technique is performed on a drop table with an incline. This table makes it easier for your chiropractor to align the vertebrae in its proper positions. Thrust is applied to the back area to reduce back pain. With the Gonstead technique, chiropractors use a radiograph to diagnose abnormalities priot to applying spinal adjustments to the affected area. Activator spinal adjustment methods use an activator device to transmit impulses along specific points.
If you’re suffering from back pain, turn to us at Lawson Chiropractic in Asheville, NC for relief. Dr. Kenton Lawson and Dr. Sara Lawson take a full medical history, listen to patient’s symptoms and perform neurological, orthopedic and physical tests to assess the problem. When needed, they will take X-rays to develop a more effective chiropractic treatment plan. Once all of the information is gathered, they take the time to sit down with patients to let them know how many treatments may be needed to alleviate the back pain. For more information call Lawson Chiropractic in Asheville today at 828-274-8880!