For decades, chiropractic therapy, also called spinal manipulation, has been considered an “alternative” treatment for back pain. Recent research has shown that chiropractic can be even more effective than pain medication for the 80% of Americans with bad backs. Twenty-two million Americans receive chiropractic treatment every year, but that means many more Americans haven’t been to a chiropractor.
The word chiropractic comes from the Greek word for “done by hand”, and the way chiropractic adjustments are performed is pretty straightforward. Force is applied in a very controlled manner to correct misalignments in spinal structures to restore normal mobility. Misalignment of vertebra prevents limits normal range of motion and puts pressure on the nerves exiting the spine, making daily tasks, whether doing the laundry, lifting up the kids, or making dinner, more difficult and uncomfortable. What’s more, vertebral misalignments can lead to bulged or herniated discs, conditions that are painful and can take time to heal.