What does a Chiropractor do?

March 26th, 2014 — 2:51pm

A chiropractor is a health care professional who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders with the most emphasis on rendering treatment through a manual adjustment or through manipulation of the spine in a bid to help the patient reduce pain, improve their functionality and general health. Chiropractors also educate their patients on how they can account for their own health through the use of exercise, ergonomics, diet as well as other therapies.

Chiropractor educating patient on spinal health

Chiropractors examine, diagnose and then offer therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises as well as providing dietary, nutritional and lifestyle counseling. Dr. Lee, a Ohio chiropractor based out of Columbus and owner of Riverside Family Chiropractic, explains that although a chiropractor’s primarily focus is on treating spinal issues, they are  not  limited to these problems and can aid in helping a wide range of health issues. Therefore, if you suffer from arthritic pain, car and sport accident injuries, headaches, repetitive strains, neck pain, or lower back pain then you would be wise to consult a chiropractor who will offer you a non surgical form of treatment.

Chiropractic doctors assess the patient through clinical examination, diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing as well as various other diagnostic interventions before they can decide on which chiropractic treatment is appropriate.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractors of is a chiropractic adjustment. The purpose of this adjustment is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of a tissue injury.

Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as lifting a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses like sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. Manipulation of the affected area repairs mobility which alleviates pain and muscle tightness and allows tissues to heal.

For more information on what a chiropractor does and how they can help you, visit Dr. Lees Blog

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Simple Techniques To Ease Back Pain

March 23rd, 2014 — 2:21pm

There is more to treating back pain than simply concentrating on addressing the anatomical issue, which is what most medical practitioners do. Chronic lower back pain can surface for a multitude of different reasons, there is no one size fits all solution to curing it – but here are some techniques you can use, which have been shown to work.

Stretching your hamstrings at least twice a day can help alleviate back pain. Hamstrings are one of the five tendons behind the knee that connect the muscles of the upper leg to the bones of the lower leg. Exercise will make them loose therefore reducing stress on the lower back. You can exercise your hamstrings by lying with your back on a flat surface, hold the back of your leg just behind the knee with both hands and then lift your leg, while still holding it, several times. Here is a video that demonstrates some proper stretching techniques that you should incorporate into your daily routine.

You can also alleviate the pain by releasing your inner endorphins. Endorphins are inhibitory neurotransmitters that are produced by the pituitary glands and the hypothalamus during exercise, love, excitement, spicy food consumption and sex. You can incorporate any of these activities in your daily routine and your body will help you in fighting off the pain.

The abs and the back muscles play a major role in supporting the lower back. These core muscles of the body need to be exercised regularly to reduce strain on the lower back. You should allocate 20 to 30 minutes daily to performing these exercises.

The traditional hot packs and /or cold packs are also very efficient in relieving back pain. Cold packs act as anesthetic and reduce the inflammation that usually accompanies back pain. Hot packs produce enough warmth to inhibit the transmission of the pain message to the brain. They also help in blood circulation therefore bringing healing nutrients to the affected area.

It is evident that there are many techniques you can use to manage back pain so do not allow back pain to ruin your life. Choose the technique that you can easily apply without affecting your daily routine too much and you should try to combine several techniques for optimum results.

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