While many traumas and injuries will result in misalignments, certain daily occurrences can also cause similar effects to your back. For example, watching TV, sitting at a desk, or even sitting on a bed all night long can cause serious neck or back pain. Even everyday activities like sitting at the computer, staring at the phone, or reading a book can cause repetitive trauma due to the constant rocking, jerking, turning, and other unnatural motions that our bodies execute while working. Chiropractors are well trained in recognizing these everyday activities as well as other injuries that occur, and then adjusting the spine to relieve the pressure caused by these activities. Chiropractic is often used together with other conservative treatments to address problems at the source, reducing or eliminating chiropractic sessions altogether.
Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation as part of their treatment process, and they believe that this procedure helps relieve the effects of pain by helping to restore the proper alignment of the spine and nervous system. Spinal misalignments can cause headaches, migraines, poor posture, inability to stay in bed throughout the night, and even tingling and numbness in extremities. Chiropractors can perform spinal manipulation in a variety of different ways, including by applying pressure to the spine manually as they swing their arms back and forth, applying light and controlled pressure to a specific spot on the body, or by using a specialized device to stimulate the nerves or to realign the spine. No matter which method is used, chiropractic is designed to treat the whole body rather than just treating the area of pain within the spine.
In order to avoid further injury or spinal misalignments that can lead to more serious conditions, chiropractic adjustments should be made at regular intervals. A chiropractor will first diagnose the cause of the pain and injury, and then offer advice about how to avoid or repair the damage that has already been done. Regular chiropractic visits will help a patient avoid long-term issues like bursitis, which can weaken the spine and create additional pressure points at strategic points along the spine. It is important to keep your chiropractor informed of any previous injuries or conditions that might have been caused by the injury or pressure that is being felt now.