Chiropractic ManipulationChiropractic Manipulation for Pain Management

Many people who suffer from chronic pain, particularly pain in the neck, shoulders, upper back and arms, may benefit from a non-invasive treatment known as chiropractic manipulation. The spine and spinal cord affect everything in the body, from walking upright to how we position ourselves when standing, seated or sleeping. Chronic back pain or chronic neck, shoulder or sciatic nerve pain can affect spine health as well as a myriad of other problems.

Why suffer from lower back pain unnecessarily? At Lakeland Spine Center, we have highly qualified practitioners who have several years experience using chiropractic manipulation for pain management. Call us today and schedule an appointment to see how we can help you.

What is Chiropractic Manipulation?

There are two different types of chiropractic manipulation: high-velocity, low-amplitude (known as HVLA) and low-velocity, low-amplitude (known as LVLA).

HVLA consists of quick, short thrusting movements. These methods may produce an audible popping sound when the joints in the neck or shoulders begin to loosen. These are the movements people think of or have experienced with traditional chiropractic visits.

LVLA is gentler, consisting of a variety of stretching and twisting motions that are used to take the neck or shoulders through a range of motion. The gentle stretching techniques act as a type of massage for the underlying muscles, helping them loosen and relieving tension and pain. LVLA is much more gentle on patients who may experience muscle tenderness after an injury or be a better option for patients with limited range of motion.

Which Technique is Best?

The technique employed depends upon what type of pain you are experiencing. Many chiropractors employ both techniques and both of these techniques are non-invasive.

HVLA is often used when muscles in the upper back and shoulder are tight or if the patient is experiencing difficulty moving their neck or head. LVLA is used for patients who suffer stiff necks or headaches. Both techniques can be very successful forms of pain management.

Scientific and medical studies have shown that chiropractic manipulation is extremely helpful to many patients who suffer from chronic neck pain and shoulder pain as well as alleviating headaches and improving mobility. A full evaluation must be done to see what type of injury or muscular problems the patient may be experiencing.

Alleviating Pain

Chiropractic manipulation is a great non-invasive, non-surgical technique. Whether the chiropractor utilizes the HVLA or LVLA techniques, many patients have reported alleviation of pain and increased mobility in their shoulders, neck and upper back. Some migraine sufferers have also reported success with temporary alleviation of headaches.