Rehabilitation ChiropractorTampa, FL
A rehabilitation chiropractor can help to provide relief from back pain, physical injuries, and related symptoms. This type of treatment utilizes adjustments and non-invasive, drug-free methods of pain relief while also working to fix the initial cause of the back pain. People struggling with back pain from an injury or pre-existing condition can seek this type of chiropractic technique to achieve lasting relief.
If you are recovering from an injury or have a loved one living through unnecessary pain, our team at Body XI may be able to help. We use chiropractic rehabilitation techniques to help our patients get back to enjoying their lives. Call us at (813) 518-0566 to learn more.
What is Chiropractic Rehabilitation?
The back is a complex and refined system of bones, ligaments, muscles, and joints. The system works to hold up the entire body and allow it to move. People's weight and movement are carried by their backs every day.
However, many people suffer from back problems. According to research, nearly 35 million people suffer from back pain episodes. Additionally, back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and accounts for millions of lost workdays each year. These back problems may derive from poor posture and repetitive movements. Some back problems are more severe and caused by herniated discs or pinched nerves.
Chiropractic rehabilitation, also known as corrective chiropractic treatment, treats various medical conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and musculoskeletal system. A rehabilitation chiropractor assesses and treats disabilities, diseases, and injuries. They make sure joints are moving properly, muscles are functioning, and recommend exercises and stretches the patient can complete at home for further recovery.
The Ideal Candidate for Chiropractic Rehabilitation
Several patients can benefit from services from a rehabilitation chiropractor. While traditional chiropractic brings instant relief, backache can return due to the underlying issue not being addressed. The treatment can be designed for a young child in development to avoid future back and neck pain, disc problems, or sciatica. It can also help an adult get into shape or recover from an injury.
Many pregnant patients experience mild or generalized back pain before becoming pregnant. Pregnancy, hormones, and the weight they gain in the process can strain their spine and worsen the pre-existing back pain. Pelvic bones and the lower back bear a lot of pressure, which also causes the pregnant person to feel discomfort in that area. A rehabilitation chiropractor can safely treat the intense pressure and pain that pregnancy causes. It can also help reduce nausea, provide better sleep, and prepare and relax the body for active labor.
Benefits of Chiropractic Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation chiropractors treat back pain, restore normal joint movement, and often design an exercise program once the patient’s condition has improved. The exercise program typically targets weak muscle groups that may be causing back pain. By increasing the strength in these muscles and the nervous system, there is less risk of injury relapse. Some of the other benefits of visiting a rehabilitation chiropractor are:
- Assists recovery
- Increases range of motion
- Reduces pain and soreness
- Reduces psychological stress
- Strengthens muscles and bones
Rehabilitation chiropractors provide an effective way to improve multiple areas of a patient’s health. Through long-term chiropractic care, they can instill lasting improvements and provide an array of services that can help people beyond pain management and recovery. They can prevent injury by addressing the root cause of their pain and can help prevent the need for surgery or prescription drugs later down the road.
Chiropractic Rehabilitation Methods
When people think of chiropractic care, they often think of spinal manipulation, as these adjustments are the primary care given by traditional chiropractors. Misaligned or maladjusted spines can cause numbness, tingling, and pain throughout the body. However, more methods can be implemented to incorporate a larger range of treatments to eliminate pain and improve physical function. These methods include:
- Diathermy: This type of treatment uses energy sources to deep heat tissues in the body. It uses sources such as sound and electricity. It relaxes the connective tissue and reduces muscle spasms. Radio wave, microwave, and ultrasound are the three different types of diathermy.
- Heat and cold therapy: Treating pain with heat and cold is effective for several different conditions and injuries. This combination relieves pain and inflammation, relaxes muscles, and restores healthy circulation to the injured area. It reduces pain and promotes faster healing to the injured area.
- Nutritional counseling: Many chronic and inflammation and metabolic disorders can cause joint and muscle health problems. It can also slow the healing process as the body recovers from an injury. Changing a patient’s nutritional diet may help resolve their metabolic dysfunction.
- Pelvic stabilization: Many lower body problems can be caused by inefficient pelvic or hip stabilization. A chiropractor may use corrective arch supports to help pelvic alignment and stability through pelvic stabilization.
- Therapeutic massage: Therapeutic massage uses techniques on muscle tissues. The pressure and motion improve circulation, helps reduce inflammation, and may help the patient heal faster. Swedish and deep tissue massage are the most common types of massage therapy.
- Ultrasonography: Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves generated by a microphone-like device called a transducer. It provides deep heating tissues and offers pain relief. Ultrasound therapy helps relax muscle spasms and increase blood circulation to speed up the healing process and provide the patient pain relief.
A rehabilitation chiropractor may use several different or a combination of these methods and others to treat chronic back pain and injuries. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. Each person’s treatment plan is customized for their ability level and their condition
What to Expect From Treatment
Many rehabilitation chiropractors will take X-rays, CT scans, or MRIS to diagnose structural issues and any spinal misalignments, as observing posture and hands-on examinations are not as accurate. They will then customize a plan based on the X-rays and the patient’s treatment goals, breaking down the steps for the patient to achieve them.
During a standard chiropractic adjustment, the patient will lie face down on a chiropractic table, allowing different body segments to lift slightly higher than the rest. In this way, a chiropractor can apply pressure to a specific area of the body. They will use their hands or small instruments to apply a controlled amount of pressure to or stretch the joints to help realign the spine vertebrae and release any gasses that were trapped in the joints.
After treatment, some people may experience minor side effects. These may include headaches, exhaustion, or mild soreness in the area in which they were treated. They typically resolve on their own.
Once the patient has improved function and range of motion, the rehabilitation chiropractic will likely design a custom exercise plan. The exercises are based on the patient’s posture, muscle strength, and ability. The exercises should not be painful but performed within the patient’s restored functional range. They can be done at the chiropractor’s office and at home. The chiropractor may also recommend nutritional changes to reinforce the structure change and movement patterns to help restore healthy function.
Schedule an appointment
Several people suffer from chronic back pain every year. There is help available here in Tampa and the surrounding area. Body XI provides rehabilitation chiropractic practices and gives our patients the tools and assistance they need to feel better in the long term. Call our office at (813) 518-0566 if you have questions or schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions about Rehabilitation Chiropractors
I am recovering from back surgery. Can I get chiropractic care?
Each patient’s treatment is based on an individual assessment. The results will determine if a patient recovering from back surgery is an ideal candidate. Patients must allow their bodies to recover from surgery before they receive chiropractic services.
How many sessions do I need to have before I feel better?
For many conditions, 2 or 3 visits for a few weeks may bring significant relief. Some studies show 12 treatment sessions over a six week period is enough for a standard treatment plan for chronic back pain. However, the length of treatment depends on the individual’s needs, such as their goals for treatment and the nature of their injury.
Why are there popping noises during joint and spinal adjustments?
When a chiropractor adjusts spines and joints, a gas bubble may be released between the joints. It is caused by the change of pressure in the joint. There is little to no discomfort from this release.
Can children go to a rehabilitation chiropractor?
Younger patients can benefit from seeing a rehabilitation chiropractor. As young people become more active, they are injured from falls, daily activities, and sports. These injuries can cause back and neck pain, stiffness, and soreness. Through chiropractic care, they can continue to grow healthily without pain or discomfort.
Does insurance cover chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is covered by most major insurance plans. However, the patient may need a referral from their doctor for treatment to be fully covered. If you have any questions about your insurance benefits and coverage, we can help walk you through your benefits plan.
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