If you have been suffering with some aches and pains, you may be wondering if chiropractic treatment could help you. The human body has many mechanisms for pain relief, but chiropractic has been known to provide its patients with an efficient pain relief mechanism that uses chiropractic manipulative techniques. Chiropractic practitioners are trained to do manual adjustments of the soft tissues of the body, such as the spine and soft tissues surrounding the spine, in order to help restore proper alignment and provide natural pain relief. Chiropractors use their hands to apply pressure on specific areas, which helps to release the adhesions and muscle tension that hold parts of the spine together and create pressure that is often felt as pain.
One example of the types of chiropractic x-rays that your chiropractor might provide include computed tomography (CT), mammography (MRI), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). When you get digital x-rays of your spine, cervical spine, thoracic spine, and abdominal cavity, the images from the x-Ray machine are converted to a computer file which will be viewed on a monitor. This procedure also makes the entire x-ray series go much faster since there are no expensive films to develop. Once the images are ready, your chiropractor will discuss them with you and determine the best plan for your needs.
There are many benefits to chiropractic techniques that include digital x-rays. A major benefit is that these types of x-rays allow your chiropractor to determine where exactly your problem originates. Your chiropractor can then pinpoint the exact location of the problem, which can be adjusted after realigning the spine and soft tissues. An example would be if you noticed that your back or neck is stiff when you try to bend over, but when you look at your spine, you see that it's not inflamed, then your chiropractor could take out a nerve or pin and realign your spine to relieve the stiffness. This will restore your range of motion and reduce any possible nerve irritation.