Chiropractor in Albuquerque
In cases where a patient is experiencing biomechanical or structural derangement of the spine Neck and back pain can be debilitating when left untreated. There may be long-term repercussions for the patient and their overall quality of life if proper care is not administered in a timely manner. Work performance, daily activities, sleep, and an overall quality of life can be affected.
What is chiropractic therapy?
Chiropractic is a centuries old Chinese traditional form of alternative medicine with treatment focusing on exercise, ergonomics, and manual manipulation of the spine. Manual manipulation of the spine, soft tissues, and joints is central to this form of corrective intervention. Acupuncture as a therapy has been highly successful in acute back pain and musculoskeletal conditions and their treatment.
What is a chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a pain management specialist that understands the intimate balance in the relationship between the nervous system and the spine. This vitalistic understanding is used to diagnose and treat neuromuscular conditions and disorders with a goal of alleviate pain and improve the level of daily functionality for the patient by restoring the balance to the life force, or “chi.”
What can chiropractic treat?
The most common use of chiropractic therapy is for lumbar pain. Pain, inflammation, and diminished function can be a result of misaligned vertebrae putting pressure on the spinal nerves. A chiropractic adjustment is the most common form of spinal manipulation with the goal of manually restoring full mobility to the joint by controlled force applied by the chiropractor.
Does chiropractic therapy only treat injuries?
Chiropractic therapy can be a form of preventative medicine for better posture, beneficial exercise, and ergonomic recommendations such as in the workplace.
Our chiropractic partners are highly skilled board certified practitioners dedicated to the diagnostic and therapeutic management and treatment of the spine, with a goal of improving a patients productivity and return to a pain-free lifestyle by restoring the structural integrity of the spine.
What conditions can be treated by chiropractic adjustment sessions?
With 75% of Americans classifying themselves as needing back pain treatment in the last 2 years, many non-medicinal treatment conditions can need pain management.
- Acute or chronic lumbar pain
- Acute leg pain (sciatica)
- Arthritic joint pain
- Sports related trauma
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Headaches: Migraines, cluster headaches, and tension
- Cervical pain (whiplash)
Does chiropractic therapy consist only of spinal manipulation?
- Temperature therapy Alternating between hot and cold compresses to help patients with back pain. After application of ice packs, heating pads or it wraps will be used to restore circulation to the area to combat inflammation and promote healing.
- Exercise therapy Concentration on stretching and strengthening exercises can be beneficial to the back.
- Massage therapy Massage of the soft tissues to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain by improving circulation.
- Nutritional therapy
- Hydrotherapy Using water to focus on the body and its sensitivity to hot and cold stimuli, hydrotherapy can promote circulation and healing while numbing a patient’s pain levels.
- (TENS) Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators use electrodes to block the transmission of pain signals an increase production of endorphins for natural painkillers.
- Traction Chiropractors use traction devices for spinal decompression to relieve pressure on affected or damaged nerve roots by stretching the spine.
- Infrared radiation and Cold laser therapy Infrared cameras may be used to
- diagnose underlying disorders. Cold laser therapy uses biochemical processes to combat pain and inflamed tissues.
- Diathermy Short-wave electromagnetic therapy focusing on deep tissue healing
by stimulating the muscle and connective tissue.
- Ultrasound Sound waves micro-massage soft tissue and joints to reduce pain, spasms, and stiffness.
Based on homeostasis and holism, chiropractic treatment plans are customized for the patient based on their symptoms, disability, range of motion, and pain tolerance for activity. This goal often utilizes patient driven active care (such as ergonomic modifications, diet, exercise, and lifestyle modification) as part of their customized treatment plan.