The word “chiropractic” comes from the Greek words cheir (hand) and praxis (practice), which aptly describe this therapeutic approach. Chiropractic care (or chiropractic care) is a type of manual therapy performed by a licensed chiropractor to improve musculoskeletal health.
How it works?
Chiropractors make adjustments or manipulations of the spine and sometimes other parts of the body to correct alignment, improve movement and physical function, and support the body’s ability to heal itself. Spinal realignment is thought to reduce stress on the central nervous system. Chiropractors use their hands or an instrument to adjust certain parts of the body with sudden, controlled force. Chiropractors also use mobilization to increase the body’s range of motion. This technique involves slow manipulation, movement, and stretching of joints and muscles.
Relief of symptoms of chronic pain
For many years, scientists have studied the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for different types of pain.
lower back pain
The most promising research focuses on low back pain. They have shown that spinal manipulation therapy is as effective as other common treatments, such as exercise therapy, standard medical care, or physical therapy. Systematic reviews have shown that chiropractic treatment significantly reduces chronic low back pain and disability compared to other active treatments for at least six months, and is effective in treating acute and chronic low back pain when used in conjunction with other interventions such as self-management counseling and exercise It has similar effects on short-term pain relief as other recommended treatments.
Migraine symptoms, cervical headache
Low back pain is not the only type of pain for which chiropractic treatment is effective. Some studies have shown that chiropractic treatment improves episodic, chronic, and cervical headaches (pain on the side of the head or face), and may reduce pain and migraine days.
There is also evidence that chiropractic treatment is helpful in treating neck pain. A study found that chiropractic manual therapy is more effective than medication, both in the short and long term, in treating acute and sub-acute pain. Research also shows that patients, at a minimum, appear to be satisfied with their care.
Additional research suggests that spinal manipulation may help relieve sciatica (pain associated with the sciatic nerve).
Overall health and wellness benefits
Chiropractic care focuses on treating disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. It is often used to treat different types of pain.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractors use spinal manipulation “to restore joint motion by applying manually controlled force to joints that have become immobile, or have limited mobility, as a result of tissue damage.” By restoring joint mobility, chiropractors help relieve pain and muscle tension, allowing the tissues to heal.
Pain relief through chiropractic adjustments may have other secondary benefits, including improvement in depression (depression and pain are closely related) and daily physical activity, which may have a positive effect on overall health.
Other conditions for which chiropractic care may be beneficial
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Some people with multiple sclerosis (MS) say they experience positive effects from chiropractic care. The limited research that has been done on this topic indicates that chiropractic treatment can relieve chronic pain in patients with MS and that most people who have received chiropractic care for MS recommend treatment for other MS patients.
Hip and back pain due to osteoarthritis
Research also suggests that chiropractic care may relieve lower back and hip pain from osteoarthritis.
what are you expecting
During your first visit to a chiropractor, you will likely discuss your current condition and medical history and then undergo a physical examination. Your chiropractor may order imaging or lab tests to determine the cause of your problem. He or she may refer you to another healthcare professional if your condition requires it.
Your chiropractor will then explain your condition, develop a treatment plan, and review the risks and benefits of treatment.
If your chiropractor determines that you need an adjustment, he or she will ask you to sit or lie at a table. During adjustment, you may hear crackling or popping sounds as air pockets are released from your joints. As with any body manipulation, you may feel fatigue or aching in parts of the body that have been adjusted for a few days.
Depending on your treatment plan, you will likely need multiple visits. It is essential to find a chiropractor that you feel comfortable with, as it is with any other healthcare provider, such as a general practitioner or physical therapist, to establish a therapeutic relationship with them. This allows her to get to know you beyond your symptoms and helps you heal on a deeper level. Chiropractic care is based on a holistic philosophy.
How do you find a practitioner near you?
To find a chiropractor near you, visit the Association Française de Chiropraxie website. There is a tab where you can enter your city or zip code and the directory lists chiropractors near you.
If you are in Brittany, the office of Emmanuelle Portal welcomes you all week long in her office
Spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low back pain
Benefits and harms of spinal manipulation therapy for the treatment of chronic low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
The effect of spinal manipulation on migraine pain and disability: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Manipulation and mobilization for neck pain contrast with ineffective control or other effective treatment
Comparative clinical efficacy of sciatica management strategies: systematic review and network meta-analyses
* Presse Santé strives to impart medical knowledge in a language accessible to all. In no way can the information provided replace medical advice.
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