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Do You Have Chronic Pain? Here Is a Guide to Chiropractic Care

Do you have back pain? If so, this article might help you!

A chiropractor is concerned about a patient's musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A chiropractor addresses back and neck pain by using spinal adjustments to maintain proper alignment. 

If you are interested in chiropractic, read on to learn!

What medical conditions does a chiropractor address?

According to the Australian Chiropractors Association: “Over 300,000 Australians visit a chiropractor every week. Chiropractors play an important role in the spinal healthcare of everyday Australians by using a variety of non-surgical techniques, such as specific spinal adjustments and manual therapy.”

The most common health symptoms for which people seek chiropractic care are back pain, neck pain, chronic pain, and certain types of headaches. Chiropractic care may help with pain management. Chiropractors make certain that the musculoskeletal system is functioning properly.

What happens during your first visit to the chiropractor?

Your first visit to the chiropractor may start with an evaluation. You will most likely be given a list of health-related questions to answer. Your chiropractor may also ask about your medical history, sleeping habits, diet, and physical activity routine.

What does the popping sound mean during chiropractic adjustments like back cracking?

Our joints and spine may get stiff or develop uneven pressure during the course of the day.

These spots are recognised by chiropractors, who then reopen them. Your spinal facet joints are being gently stretched, which is what causes the sounds during back cracking.

What is soft tissue therapy?

Soft tissue therapy, also known as myotherapy or muscle therapy, is one of the approaches that a chiropractor may employ. It addresses musculoskeletal conditions. Soft tissue therapy uses a number of hands-on techniques (including soft tissue release and myofascial release) to address pain.

Soft tissue therapy has a number of advantages. It may be used to relieve pain after an injury. It also helps in the relief of headaches and pain caused by daily activities like exercise, sports, muscular overuse, and a variety of chronic pain conditions.

What is dry needling?

The use of acupuncture needles for muscle pain is known as dry needling. Dry needling's goal is to specifically target and help restore muscle function, providing you with pain relief.

Dry needling involves inserting a thin needle into a painful 'trigger point' or muscle that needs to be released. When stimulated by the needle, this action may cause your muscle to 'twitch.'

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

The main difference between dry needling and acupuncture is based on their applications and history. Dry needling is based on Western medicine and the Western approach to health. On the other hand, acupuncture is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to health.

The objective of acupuncture is to unblock energy meridians and help your body achieve balance. In a more localised application, dry needling aims to reduce pain caused by muscle tension and tightness.

To conclude…

Chiropractors typically help patients by manipulating the spine using chiropractic adjustments. Their goal is to restore the function of the musculoskeletal system and help reduce pain.

A chiropractor is a health care practitioner that focuses on the spine and the rest of the musculoskeletal system. They can help address a wide range of conditions including neck pain, back pain, and certain types of headaches.

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