Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy
A Chiropractic Story–
“I’m boarding a ferry in Italy and suddenly the ship’s elevator breaks and we have to board the vessel by gingerly climbing a 30 foot ladder while carrying our bags. I sling my 75lb bag over my right shoulder and start climbing and mid-way up I feel a sharp, pinching pain where my neck meets my right shoulder blade. When I move my neck backwards, pain shoots into my right arm. My hips also feel “uneven” and 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.
I finally find a chiropractor to help. 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 feel and hear 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. Relief, finally.”
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.