Chiropractors uses a wide variety of techniques, including specific area adjustments, general manipulations, low force and non-force maneuvers. An adjustment can be delivered gently by hand or with an instrument. An adjustment is just one of the treatment tools use in chiropractic. Other options include therapeutic modalities, cryotherapy, rehabilitation and nutritional counseling.
The rapid stretch of the joint fibers resets the muscle spindles, thus relaxing the muscles. Specific joint adjustment may stimulate increase immune function. Research has shown that specific area manipulation provides relief to ear infections in children.
Chiropractic is a conservative form of healthcare that most people seek before opting for other forms of treatment such as surgery. In comparison to other treatment options, chiropractic is one of the safest. Studies around the world have proven that chiropractic care is both safe and effective.
For Acute Low-Back Problems:
“For patients with acute low-back symptoms without radiculopathy, the scientific evidence suggests spinal manipulation is effective in reducing pain and perhaps speeding recovery within the first month of symptoms.” – Clinical Practice Guidelines, AHCPR (1994)
For Long-Term Low-Back Problems:
“There is strong evidence that manipulation is more effective than a placebo treatment for chronic low-back pain or than usual care by the general practitioner, bed rest, analgesics and massage.” – Spine, Van Tulder and Bouter et al. (1997)