One of the most powerful tools that a chiropractor can use to address back pain is through spinal manipulation, otherwise known as a chiropractic adjustment. This is a highly focused and professionally administered series of forceful thrusts applied to the back. The purpose of these adjustments is to restore proper joint function. That can lead to an immediate reduction of pain, as well as reduced inflammation. A great deal of research has been directed at chiropractic adjustment, and the results demonstrate the power of this approach to help patients find fast and lasting relief from back pain, especially in the lower back.
Chiropractic care begins with a thorough physical examination, as well as a health history. Imaging may be necessary to gain a better understanding of the patient’s current condition, and x-rays are among the most commonly used imaging technologies in a chiropractic setting. Patients should be prepared to provide a complete assessment of their current level of pain, their past attempts to address the problem and their normal daily activities. Dr. Miller, after assessing the patient, will suggest a course of treatment aimed at relieving pain and restoring proper spinal function.
The chiropractic approach holds that the human body is already equipped to address pain and discomfort. As such, chiropractors take a natural, holistic approach to pain relief. The goal is to restore optimal spinal positioning in an effort to reduce the experience of pain. In addition, prescription pain medications carry an alarming array of dangerous side effects, and many are highly addictive. Medication is a powerful tool when properly used, such as during and immediately after surgery. However, Dr. Miller believes that pain medication should be avoided whenever possible, and that the natural healing process should be promoted and supported through ongoing treatment.