Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body's structure—mainly the spine—and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body's natural ability to heal itself.  Spinal manipulation appears to benefit some people with low-back pain and may also be helpful for headaches, neck pain, upper- and lower-extremity joint conditions, and whiplash-associated disorders.

In 2007 guidelines, the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society included spinal manipulation as one of several complementary treatment options (others include massage and acupuncture) for practitioners to consider when low-back pain does not improve with self-care. A 2010 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) report noted that complementary health therapies, including spinal manipulation, offer additional options to conventional treatments, which often have limited benefit in managing back and neck pain.  A 2010 review that looked at various manual therapies, such as spinal manipulation and massage, for a range of conditions found strong evidence that spinal manipulation is effective for chronic low-back pain and moderate evidence of its effectiveness for acute low-back pain.  In one study funded by NCCAM that examined long-term effects in more than 600 people with low-back pain, results suggested that chiropractic care involving spinal manipulation was at least as effective as conventional medical care for up to 18 months. However, less than 20 percent of participants in this study were pain free at 18 months, regardless of the type of treatment used. Overall, studies have shown that spinal manipulation can provide some individuals with mild-to-moderate relief from back pain.

Chiropractors may combine the use of spinal adjustments and other manual therapies with several other treatments and approaches such as:

  • Heat and ice
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Rehabilitative and general exercise
  • Counseling about diet, weight loss, and other lifestyle factors
  • Dietary supplements.
  • Self care practices

Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation by using their hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine. Most often they also recommend self-care practices.

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Insurance Reimbursement

HMOs, PPOs, Personal Injury and General Healthcare Insurance normally cover part of the cost of chiropractic services.  Medicare and Medicaid may have exceptions in which they cover some chiropractic services.  Worker's Comp and Auto Insurance may also pay for chiropractors.

Spine-Worx
Spine-Worx

The vertebrae in the spine are gradually and gently encouraged to realign into their natural positions, which helps to relieve backpain and improve overall mobility.

Spine-Worx Back Realignment Device

It's like a chiropractor in your home

Trueback Non-powered Orthopedic Traction Device
Trueback Non-powered Orthopedic Traction Device

The thirty suspension points molded into the center rails support your body weight and create pressure to the muscles which are located each side of the spine (musculoskeletal system). The pressure enables the muscles to relax which increases blood flow. While lying on TRUE BACK the individual is passively stretched in opposite directions while being supported in the correct position.

True Back, Trueback Non-powered Orthopedic Traction Device

It seems to feel better after a couple of weeks of using it every day for about 10 minutes.