Movement is Everything. Lack of it causes pain.

Lack of movement to your spine causes pain. Whether the lack of movement is due to surrounding muscles going into spasm after an injury or your joints lock up first and cause the muscles to go into spasm, the main symptom of this decreased range of motion is pain. Adjust the spinal joint in question and reflexively, the pain likely will goes away.

Chiropractic Adjustment

A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, is a common therapeutic treatment for lower back pain.18

A chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying manipulation to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally.

The objective of this chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation, with the goals of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability and improving function.

Chiropractic Adjustment Description

A chiropractic adjustment typically involves:

  • A high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied to a vertebra

  • An accompanying, audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure (cavitation)19

  • A relieving sensation most of the time, although minor discomfort has been reported (that usually lasts for a short time duration) if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during this chiropractic care.

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It should be known that joint cavitation or cracking does not occur at times, typically as a result of significant muscle splinting or the patient not being adequately relaxed during the chiropractic manipulation. At times like this, it is sometimes best for the chiropractor to apply ice, have the patient rest, or do electrical stimulation and massage prior to attempting the chiropractic adjustment.

Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques

There are many different manipulative techniques that can be utilized in chiropractic, and there is a certain skill level and "art" involved with high velocity, low amplitude adjustment or manipulation. It is perhaps more important for the chiropractor to determine when not to apply the adjustment.

Chiropractic Adjustment Side Effects

The most common reaction to a chiropractic adjustment is aching or soreness in the spinal joints or muscles. If this aching or soreness occurs, it is usually within the first few hours post-treatment and does not last longer than 24 hours after the chiropractic adjustment. Application of an ice pack often reduces the symptoms relatively quickly.

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A Few Words about Food

Over the last couple of decades I've watched as "food" in this country has steadily gone down hill. Industrial Food and Agriculture is more and more interested in appearance and artificial taste then in actual nutrition. Even choosing Organic now is questionable. Big Food has started infiltrating this market as well. Though I still suggest to my patients that they eat organic fruits and vegetables and lean meat as the better part of a healthy diet, I'm concerned.

Years ago I trained as a Therapeutic Herbalist, and like most everybody else, never really made the connection between treating an illness through herbal medicine and nutrition. The reality is, the nutrition you receive through eating proper foods, is medicine. But, if our food supply is deplete in nutrition, where do you go for proper nutrition and by extension, a way of maintaining your health? If you'd like some suggestions as to a possible solution, give me a call at (775)782-1000.


Do You Know That Chiropractic Care Is Second To None?

According to a study conducted by Ontario's Ministry of Health "...for the management of low-back pain, chiropractic care is the most effective treatment, and it should be fully integrated into the government's health care system." The same study also found, "...injured workers ... diagnosed with low-back pain returned to work much sooner when treated by chiropractors than by physicians."

According to the British Medical Research Council Study, spinal manipulation performed by chiropractors was found more effective than alternative treatments for low-back pain.

According to medical researcher TW Meade, M.D. "...chiropractic is a very effective treatment, more effective than conventional hospital outpatient treatment for low-back pain, particularly in patients who had back pain in the past and who got severe problems".

The Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low-Back Pain (The Manga Report). Pran Manga and Associates (1993) - University of Ottawa, Canada.

Low Back Pain of Mechanical Origin: Randomized Comparison of Chiropractic and Hospital Outpatient Treatment. Meade, TW et al British Medical Journal - 1990;300:1431-1437.

Chiropractic Treatment vs. Standard Medical Care

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Looking for the best chiropractor Minden NV has available? Search no further. Dr. Keith Ford brings nearly 30 years experience to Chiropractic pain management, 25 of those in the Carson Valley. With a background in physical therapy, these years have given him the know-how to precisely locate the source of your back pain and then take the steps necessary to remove it. He incorporates soft tissue techniques (involving the ligaments, tendons, and muscles) and myofascial techniques (involving trigger and pressure points) to complement chiropractic techniques. As a certified Therapeutic Herbalist, he enhances chiropractic with herbs and supplements. Dr. Ford is also an avid athlete and enjoys applying his knowledge of healing to sports-related injuries. Ford Chiropractic is your one-stop chiropractic health center.

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