Chiropractic Care for Back Pain

Research shows that back pain is the main cause of debilitation in the United States and the rest of the world. The American Chiropractic Association sees the value of treating back pain in maintaining the health of your spine. Chiropractic care helps achieve well-being and good quality of life in a natural way. To relieve back pain without medications, people resort to seeing their chiropractor. If you want to seek chiropractic care for your back pain, here’s what you should know.


Spinal Manipulation


Your chiropractor uses quick, short thrusts on your affected vertebrae in this method of chiropractic care. Spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustment) aims to restore your range of motion (ROM). It can also improve your functionality. Many spine experts recommend this type of manipulation to treat lower back pain.

During this technique, there is gas (joint cavitation) release. It pushes out the carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen that have accumulated in your joints. This frees you from joint pressure. Note that if you get tense or if your muscles have a spasm, you will have minor discomfort during spinal manipulation. Cracking may or may not happen because you are not relaxed, or you have some muscle splinting. When this happens, your chiropractor may perform electrical muscle stimulation and massage techniques. You may even need to put some ice on the affected area before the treatment.


Chiropractic Mobilization


This method of chiropractic care applies slow manipulation on your lower back. It also stretches and moves joints and muscles. The goal is to increase your ROM while reducing pain. Chiropractic mobilization combines exercises and chiropractic care methods. This is vital in managing low back pain, especially if it is chronic.

If you have cardiac issues, you should see your attending physician first before you see your chiropractor. This is to make sure that you can take the activities involved in chiropractic mobilization. Your chiropractor will provide instructions based on your medical condition.

Exercises can strengthen your lower back and improve your quality of life. They help you manage chronic and acute lower back pain (LBP). This technique can tone your muscles and enhance your circulation. It can also improve your digestion as well. If you strengthen your abdominal muscles, you can provide more support to your lower back.


When you have pain, there are limitations to your movements. If you have LBP, you can perform extension or flexion exercises, depending on what is best for your case. You can also do the following exercises with your chiropractor’s supervision:

  • Balance promoting or proprioceptive exercises.

  • Stretching of short postural muscles, hamstrings, and adductors.

  • Strengthening of trunk muscles (pelvic stabilizing muscles).


With chiropractic care, you can stop lower back pain without the use of medications or surgery. At Atlantic Chiropractic Associates, we give our patients natural relief through chiropractic techniques. Please visit our clinics in Milford, Georgetown, and Lewes, Delaware, for an in-person consultation. You can call us at 302-309-9900 if you want to schedule an appointment or make inquiries about our chiropractic care for back pain.



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