Spinal adjustments or chiropractic adjustments have been utilized for over 2000 years.
When you think of spinal adjustments you automatically relate them to chiropractic.
The word chiropractic is of Greek origin and means performed by the hand.
Chiropractic was first started as a branch of the healing arts in 1895 by D. D. Palmer. It has grown to over 50,000 chiropractic physicians licensed throughout the United States today.
Spinal adjustments should be the first approach considered in the treatment of lower back pain. Sadly, this is often not the case and chiropractic care is often the last method utilized.
If used early in the onset of symptoms or even as a regular preventive approach, much suffering could be prevented and billions of dollars saved in healthcare costs.
Chiropractors treat not only lower back pain, but many other ailments as well. By adjusting the vertebra to promote freer motion and better nerve health, the adjustments normalize and promote proper nerve function. This results in an enhancement of your body's ability to heal and maintain optimal health.
If your lower back pain is caused by facet joint arthrosis, arthritis, disc involvement, mechanical dysfunction and nerve irritation with inflammation, the chiropractic adjustments may alleviate and cure your condition.
The treatment results can be quite sudden and miraculous or it may take several treatments over the course of months to achieve optimal results.
Once relief has been obtained the chiropractor will usually recommend a one or two times per month "maintenance" schedule. There is no scientific evidence that regular maintenance care will prevent recurrences of lower back pain. However, again from a personal and professional experience, there is no harm in doing so and I highly recommend it.
Adding chiropractic care, along with other corrective and preventive measures, will be your best approach to maintenance and prevention.
Spinal adjustments by itself will not prevent acute or chronic lower back pain.
In addition to adjusting the spine many chiropractors will also offer a broad holistic approach. This can include exercise therapy, weight loss programs, physical therapy, orthotics, nutrition and other treatment approaches. Other recommendations can include supplies such as support cushions, pillows, lotions, etc.
It is important to take an active approach in your care and the treatment of your lower back pain. Passive treatment such as massage, heat or ice, electric stimulation, and traction, although very beneficial for pain control, will have no positive lasting effect for chronic lower back pain.