Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy
Our ferry across the Adriatic Sea from Ancona to Dubrovnik arrived late. This is Italy– you have to go with the flow here. What the Italians lack in organization, they amply make up in culture– and wine. We are finally boarding the vessel, but raised, angry voices at the front of the line reveal that the elevator is broken and we have to board the vessel by climbing a latter while carrying our bags. Are they serious? “Ey.. non come Chicago!” I sling my 75lb bag over my right shoulder and start climbing and mid-way up I feel a sharp, pinch like pain where my neck meets my right shoulder blade. When move my neck backwards, pain now shoots into my right arm. My hips also feel “uneven” and I noticelater that when I walk I can reach my left leg further forward and when I try to stretch my right hamstring I feel a pinching sensation at the small of my back on the right side. I couldn’t move my neck for weeks.
Flash forward. I finally found a chiropractor to help and I am in their office. After taking my history and a focused neuromusculoskeletal exam and a review of my x-rays, they have me lay on their treatment table. I lay on my left side and after careful assessment of the joint motion (or lack thereof) they place my hips and low back in a particular position and deliver a small and quick thrust at a specific level of my back. Before I realize what they are doing it is already over. I felt and heard a faint clicking sound. Immediately I feel relief as the tension releases and the pain dissipates. I can feel all of the tension in my body unwind as they gradually work up my spine to the top of my neck. I find myself breathing a little easier on the table and I am aware that my body is taking in deep sighs. God be praised. It has been way too long since my last adjustment. I remember why I got into this profession in the first place…
The professional backstory
Doctors of chiropractic work with the body’s ability to adapt and function the way it is designed. In the State of Illinois, chiropractors are licensed physicians under the Illinois Medical Practice Act, “licensed to diagnose and treat human ailments without the use of drugs or operative surgery.” Chiropractic physicians can order all of the same diagnostic tests as a medical physician, however their treatments will be natural solutions. Diagnostic imaging, x-ray and MRI, are commonly used by chiropractic physicians. Chiropractic physicians seeks to further understand and utilize the innate healing mechanisms within the body, allowing the body to self-regulate and heal naturally as much as possible.
The scientific data validating the safety and efficacy of spinal manipulative therapy( SMT), a.k.a. the “chiropractic adjustment,” continues to grow. In light of our nationwide Opioid Crisis, The FDA and the American Medical Association now recommends that primary care physicians consider chiropractic as a front-line treatment for patients suffering from low back pain
So, tying this all together leads to a very simple idea: try natural solutions first and give it a chance to work. If its not working within a reasonable period of time, progress to the next level of invasivity or medical intervention.
The doctors at Nova Rehabilitation Acupuncture Chiropractic will help you maximize your body’s natural ability to heal and stay strong.