Recent research has revealed that chiropractic care can help maintain mobility and prevent chronic pain with long-term benefits. A study conducted in 2011 showed that patients who went to a chiropractor had the lowest rate of disability recurrence over a period of one year, with benefits continuing over time. Another study on the power of alternative therapies for neck pain published in January 2012 revealed that 57 percent of the patients in who received chiropractic treatment reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; this is higher than those in any of the other groups.
One of the best things about chiropractic is that it greatly reduces the risks and costs associated with prolonged medication use and surgery. Chiropractic is based on the ability of the body to heal itself without the need for surgery or medication.
Accidents including sports injuries, poor posture or stress, including sports injuries can result in a joint misalignment or damage to the spine, causing back pain, neck pain, or degenerative disc problems. Chiropractic involves gentle hands-on techniques to correct these conditions. If you are planning on utilizing chiropractic, make sure you get your treatment at an established pain management center.
Treatment typically begins with a thorough assessment of your condition, including various standard tests, x-rays or other diagnostic study. This helps identify the factors causing your pain. Massage may be administered before the actual joint manipulation begins. Chiropractic techniques employed would vary depending on your condition. Don’t be alarmed if you hear ‘clicking noises’ when the treatment is in progress – these are simply the sound of gases being released from the membranes surrounding the affected joints. If necessary, your chiropractor may use modalities like Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) or traction in your chiropractic care plan.