Since it’s the season for being thankful, we thought we’d talk about how thankful we are for having healthy spines this month. Are you thankful for your healthy spine?
If so, there’s a reason for that—a few, in fact. If you’ve seen a chiropractor at all in the last year, you’ve probably received a few holistic treatments at the skilled hands of your Franklin, TN chiropractor. Let’s look at what he’s done to make your back healthy this year.
This, as you probably know, is the standard chiropractic move: to make sure your vertebrae are in alignment. As a refresher, Healthline defines spinal manipulation as “a controlled, sudden force to a specific joint.” The joints are your spine’s, and you’ll usually hear popping noises like when you crack your own back—or knuckles, or neck.
Spinal manipulation is used to relieve pressure on joints and nerves, relieving inflammation and reducing overall pain. Spinal manipulation has been used by many a chiropractor in Franklin, TN to treat all kinds of musculoskeletal ailments. We’re thankful for spinal manipulation, aren’t you?
Another treatment gaining popularity with chiropractic in Franklin, TN and elsewhere is spinal decompression. This treatment is different from spinal manipulation in several ways. For one, it doesn’t involve any hands-on activity by a chiropractor. For another, it targets specific pain—Spine-health tells us that spinal decompression is used to relieve pain in the lower back and neck.
Your chiropractor in Franklin, TN probably has a decompression table on hand for patients whose low back or neck pain needs stretching to resolve the problem. Why? Spinal decompression means that a patient lies down on a cushioned table where a machine slowly stretches the spine. The logic is that spinal stretching takes pressure off compressed nerves, making it especially helpful for bulging discs. We’re thankful for chiropractors who have come up with this helpful technology for stubborn nerve pain in the low back and neck.
Complementary Therapies: Electrical Stimulation and Ultra Sound
After having your back popped or slowly stretched, most chiropractors prescribe some therapy to help loosen muscles so that you maintain your adjustment for a longer period of time.
We’re thankful for electric stimulation because this mild electric stimuli to tight muscles triggers them to relax. You’ll sit for about 5 to 10 minutes with the little paddles on your sore muscles while their computer sends electric impulses in a cycle.
We’re also thankful for therapeutic ultra sound, which is another way to tell muscles to loosen up. When the warm gel is slathered over your tense muscle, that in itself feels good—sweet relief from tension. But it feels even better once the ultrasound probe is applied in circular motions. No, this type of ultrasound can’t see into your body like the ones used on pregnant women. But it does increase blood flow to the area, which can loosen muscle, reduce scar tissue, and reduce swelling and inflammation.
The work done by spinal manipulation and decompression is greatly assisted by these muscle-relaxing techniques—used by Franklin, TN chiropractors just as much as by chiropractors all over the nation.
What is your back thankful for?
If you’re in Franklin, TN, you have plenty of chiropractic options to choose from. We hope you’ve taken advantage to of these this year to get relief from pain without surgery or medication. And if you have, well, we bet you’re pretty thankful for what chiropractic can do.
What is your back thankful for? Have you gotten pain relief after a spinal adjustment or two? Perhaps you’ve received some of the therapies mentioned in this article? Post below to tell us your experience!