Chiropractic adjustments help mobilize spinal segments to relieve pressure and tension through the various joints and openings where nerves exit the spine. Chiropractors treat the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) which can be detected through either spinal palpation, orthopedic testing, and spinal imaging (if needed). These subluxations are commonly associated with pain and discomfort among many other things. In layman’s terms, a VSC can cause nerve impingement like sciatica, or a common “kink” in the neck from sleeping incorrectly. Chiropractic treatments are effective at removing these vertebral joint dysfunctions to get the spine moving properly again.
Our goal at Topeka Chiropractic and Wellness Center is to relieve patient’s pain symptoms as quickly as possible but to also rehabilitate the spinal movements and surrounding tissue to ensure a healthy spine. Muscle therapy or manual therapies are commonly added to treatment plans to increase flexibility, reduce tightness, and help the muscle system rehab to help the condition from coming back.
Electrical stimulation therapy is a physical medicine treatment that can help reduce pain, decrease inflammation, improve muscle coordination and contraction, among many other benefits. Many chiropractic patients are familiar with TENS units which is a low level mobile unit used for decreasing pain. While this therapy may be used, there are many other modes of electrical stimulation to help the rehabilitation and pain process.
Disc Decompression Therapy
Disc decompression therapy is an advanced therapeutic modality that uses technology to systematically decompress certain parts of the spine and vertebral discs. This is commonly used for disc bulges and disc herniation and is effective at relieving nerve complaints such as sciatica in combination with other treatment. This is a great addition to chiropractic treatments for disc pain.
Intersegmental Traction (IST) is another form of traction, such as disc decompression. This form of traction increases mobility of the spinal ligaments, joints, and the surrounding tissues of the spine while mobilizing some of the spinal joints. This therapy is good for maintenance of the discs and general well being of the surrounding tissue to ensure the spine continues to stay mobile.