Hi I'm Dr. Michael Henry from TexStar chiropractic clinic here in Austin Texas. I wanted to talk to you for just a couple of minutes about back and neck pain treated with a procedure called spinal manipulation.
You've probably heard the term “I'm gonna go get my back cracked”. Well that's what we're talking about.
Chiropractors in the U.S. have been using spinal manipulation for over a hundred years to address aches, pains, and other health issues of their patients. But the art of adjusting the spine has been around for much longer than that.
There's references to it in ancient texts from Europe and Asia. There's some Greek texts that reference it. Adjustments are what chiropractors do to address the biomechanical issues of the spine. It is one of the main tools we used to correct a lot of the problems in your spine. While we have a lot of newer techniques, this one has been around for a long time because it works.
By getting the joints moving properly in your spine we can help relieve your back pain and other signs of symptoms caused by nerve problems. When the spines not functioning properly it can cause inflammation and irritation that's one of the biggest things that we see with back pain.
This treatments is very safe and effective. There's lots of studies out there comparing it to other treatment options for similar kinds of problems and it's one of the most effective and safest options out there. And the best thing is it only takes a few minutes and it's quite a bit easier than drugs and surgery.
In fact according to one study 95 percent of people who have been to see a chiropractor in the last year considered the treatment very effective. Even the American Medical Association has recently recommended use of spinal manipulation as a first line of defense for things like a low back pain as opposed to going straight to opioids and other kinds of medications that we have lots of problems with right now.
It's a common misconception that adjustments are uncomfortable or that they might hurt or they think they require you hearing that popping sound that some people don't like. While typical adjustment does produce that popping sound there are lots of other ways that we can adjust your spine to help correct the problems. These include things like using adjusting tools like this one this is called an “activator”. We do some soft tissue stretching immobilization around joints and even specialized tables so it use your own bodyweight to help move certain joints in your lower back.
Spinal manipulation is but one of many professional chiropractic services offered here in our Austin Texas chiropractic clinic! We invite you to call and share your story of the back and/or neck pain that robs you of the pain-free quality of life that you deserve. Many of our patients enjoy genuine noticeable and lasting pain relief in as little as one patient treatment session. We’re here to help you, so call anytime.