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Stretching Out Your Back And Muscles With Creative Chiropractic Techniques

stretch_your_back.jpgEach year, back and muscle injuries caused by trauma or the wear and tear of aging sends millions of people searching for relief and healing. The solutions offered by surgeons and pharmaceutical companies are often costly and ineffective, but fortunately, chiropractic offers approaches that repair and strengthen muscles more effectively and often without much pain. By using spinal decompression on the back and Active Release Therapy and the Graston Technique on muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves, patients receive permanent relief through muscle and tissue restoration.

Restoring Spinal Disc Health

When you look at a picture of the discs in your back, you might notice their resemblance to jelly donuts. The all-important jelly in that box of fresh Krispy Kremes is surrounded by a firmer material. If you make the mistake of putting something atop of the box of donuts or let it jiggle around so that the donuts keep bouncing against each other, you will displace the jelly and distort the shape. You might still enjoy the little treats anyway, but eating them will be messy and they probalby won’t taste as fresh as the one you snuck from the box on your way home.

Similar to the donuts, the disks in your back are cartilege pads filled with a gelatinous material. They serve the important funtion of separating your vertebrae, as well as bearing weight and acting as a pivot point for carrying weight. When the disks are damaged or wear thin from stress, accident, injury, or aging, the intricate structure is disrupted, which results in pain for you.Unlike the jelly donuts in the example, the discs can be restored by DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Chiropractors use spinal decompression therapy to offer relief in cases of lower back pain, neck pain sciatic pain, and pinched nerve pain. Through a series of short treatments that each take about half an hour, the chiropractor uses a machine to stretch the spine and relieve pressure from the discs, joints, and muscles while facilitating the body’s natural healing process. The process sucksthe gelatinous center, along with oxygen, nutrients, and fluids, back inside the disk to help restore them to their former state.

How The Process Works

To prepare for being treated with spinal decompression, a patient lies on the table fully clothed and. The patient is then harnessed in place over two belts, as his arms, legs, and pelvic sections are positioned on parts of the table that move independently. The therapist sets a “pull pattern” on a computer screen, which corresponds to the patient’s condition and activates the machine. Many patients find that this process is so comfortable that they fall asleep during treatment. After treatment, the doctor has the patient do exercises that enhance disk stability and strengthen muscles.

A nonsurgical alternative to painful invasive surgery and mechanical traction, spinal decompression treats the source of the pain and gently elongates the discs without pain and without drugs, in a manner that is more effective than manual manipulation by the chiropractor. Patients report feeling better after each treatment and feel sustained relief after 6 to 10 treatments. More treatments are usually necessary to complete the healing process.

Help For Soft Tissue And Muscle Injuries

Soft tissue problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain, knee problems, tennis elbow, and back pain respond to overuse, tears, and compression by building up scar tissue that restricts muscle movement. Muscles become shorter, more tense, and nerves can get trapped. The result is reduced range of motion, weakness, pain, sensation such as tingling or numbness.

One approach that many chiropractors find effective in treating soft tissue injuries is Active Release Technique (ART). By using the hands to find the source of pain and scarring, the practitioner relies on over 500 treatment protocols to release the scar tissue and strengthen and elongate the damaged area.

A similar technique that works to break up scar tissue is the Graston Technique which utilizes steel instruments. Precise massage with the instruments by a trained doctor can break down scar tissue, and stretch tissues and muscles to as close to it’s original form as possible.

Spinal decompression, ART and the Graston Techniques all promote healing and offer creative ways to overcome painful problems.