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What are Chiropractic Methods available to treat lower back pain?

Mar 16

Spinal manipulation is the most commonly used method to treat low backache. It involves the stereotypical popping sound like a gas bubble breaking free between joints. There are a variety of varieties of manipulations for the spine. Some are done by hand, while others require a specific device.

Chiropractors can provide different treatments in addition to standard ones. These treatments can ease pain and improve the functionality and health of the spine and the structures around it.

The technique your chiropractor will use will be based on your physical condition and the primary cause. Family chiropractor treatment is holistic. It addresses lower back pain by incorporating nutrition, stress management, and exercise. Additionally, the manipulation of the spine can be an effective tool for reducing discomfort and improving alignment.


These are among the most well-known chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulation techniques.


  • Toggle drop

This method uses a precise thrust on the spine to ease back pain. The chiropractor uses the toggle drop to increase mobility in the vertebral joints. This is achieved by moving their hands across and pressing down.


  • Motion palpation

Motion palpation doesn't constitute an adjustment. It is an instrument for diagnosing problems. It is a method of looking at the spine to identify areas that are not in alignment or not moving freely.


The chiropractor will place their hands on specific regions of the spine. They will assist the patient in various actions. The chiropractor examines the entire spine to find points of discomfort, from lumbar to thoracic.


  • Lumbar roll

A lumbar roll, especially for low back pain patients, is one of the most common chiropractic techniques.


The patient is laid on his back while the doctor stands on the front plane. The chiropractor will employ quick, precise thrust to address the problem and return the vertebrae to their normal position.


  • Table adjustments

This technique uses a table that has drop sections. The table drops to the ground below the other. The chiropractor will examine the patient to ensure the body is in the proper position. Then, the chiropractor will apply a swift push to the affected area. At the same time, the drop-piece of the table will be lowered.


The process of the table falling allows the force of the chiropractic adjustment to diminish. It helps to make adjustments more comfortable for both patient and the doctor.


Adjustments to tables aren't as difficult to make manually. However, you must turn your back. This method is highly effective but requires a lot of skill and specialized equipment.


However, table adjustments are a fantastic method to open the spine, increase mobility, and ease back discomfort.


  • Anesthesia is used to control the patient

Patients with lower back pain that don't respond to the standard spinal manipulations might require sedation of a light level or complete anesthesia before undergoing adjustments. The procedure is carried out in an outpatient facility to be supervised by qualified medical professionals.


This treatment is only for patients suffering from severe pain. This treatment is riskier than chiropractic adjustments of other kinds and should only be considered after other treatments have failed.

Chiropractors also use techniques for release to straighten the spine.


  • Flexion-distraction technique

It is a standard treatment for low back pain and leg pain caused by disc injuries.

The patient is put on a specially designed desk for stretching the spine. The chiropractor will then gently massage the spine and isolate the problem area. Patients shouldn't experience any pain.


The process works by separating the disc from the nerve. In turn, it reduces inflammation and pain.


The treatment is typically done in multiple sessions and often using physical therapy. Additionally, to alleviate the pain from lower back disc injuries, patients are frequently provided with exercises to do at home.


Patients who have not shown improvements throughout 12 sessions are typically recommended for an additional imaging session or a specialist in spinal surgery to look into the cause.


Finlayson Family Chiropractic

6201 Pacific Ave STE A, Tacoma, WA 98408

(253) 302–3750

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