Thanks to YouTube, chiropractic treatments have gained wider recognition in the past few years.
Charismatic specialists such as Beau Hightower and Dr. Rahim have racked up millions of views, as fans worldwide watch them alleviate people’s physical ailments through a series of chiropractic adjustments.
This surge in popularity is fascinating: the huge audience subscribing to chiropractors’ channels may have been vaguely familiar with the practice before, but had no idea what it actually involved. Now they can gain a deep insight into chiropractic therapy by watching experts at work.
Many of the participants in these mega-hit videos suffer with long-term injuries caused by sports or road traffic accidents. They may have tried other forms of treatment to no avail, but find chiropractic adjustments solve their issues.
But how does this treatment work? And how can it help in injury recovery?
Beginning chiropractic treatment
What can chiropractors treat?
Chiropractic treatments can be used to effectively treat:
- neck pain
- back pain
- chronic pain
- joint problems
- disc herniation
You may be experiencing one or more of these problems as the result of an injury. Even milder issues can have a detrimental impact on your quality of life and interfere with your work. But the most extreme may cause severe disruptions and leave you in pain for long periods.
How does the treatment start?
The first step in receiving chiropractic treatment is an assessment. Your chiropractor will discuss:
- the cause of the injury
- how the injury affects your life
They may also delve into your medical history and current medications to understand your overall health status.
Based on their assessment, the chiropractor will determine what techniques are most likely to achieve the improvement(s) you’re looking for.
What treatment techniques do chiropractors use?
Chiropractors use various techniques for treating injuries affecting the muscles and joints.
They often forcefully manipulate the spine with their hands to adjust the alignment of the vertebrae. Depending on the location of the injury and its effects on the body, your chiropractor will also pay attention to the arms, legs, etc.
Chiropractic adjustments involve short thrusting movements to gradually shift muscles and joints into new positions. This leaves bones aligned as they should be.
These actions create the “popping” or “cracking” sound you may recognize if you watch chiropractic treatment videos. Why? Because gas is released when a joint opens up and motion effectively becomes restored.
For many people, this is a satisfying sound, particularly as a viewer. That’s why chiropractic videos have become so popular among fans of ASMR YouTube channels.
However, you could feel daunted by the prospect of having your musculoskeletal structure manipulated by hand ahead of your first treatment. You’re highly unlikely to feel any pain during an adjustment, though there may be very mild discomfort in some cases.
Your chiropractor will discuss potential moments of discomfort with you before they start the treatment, for your complete peace of mind. They’ll also ask you to tell them if you experience any pain while they work.
Following your treatment, you could notice some aches or stiffness in the areas treated. This is normal, but again, your chiropractor will let you know what to expect.
How does chiropractic treatment aid injury recovery?
Chiropractors aim to create a healthier, more correct alignment in specific areas of the body. Adjusting the position of bones and muscles can relieve tension, ease pressure, improve joint function, and reduce inflammation. All of which can cause ongoing discomfort following an injury.
For example, you might experience stiffness after being involved in a car accident, particularly in the neck and lower back. A chiropractor may be able to relieve this stiffness and encourage greater flexibility during one or more sessions.
Athletes, or even people who enjoy playing sports occasionally, can pick up injuries in different ways. Hard impacts against surfaces or other participants are incredibly common. It’s incredibly easy to trip and hit the hardwood in a game of basketball, or to suffer a powerful tackle in soccer.
Overtraining, lack of effective warm up routines, and repetitive motions can all contribute to sports injuries too.
Your chiropractor will examine your joints, ligaments, tendons, and ask you to move in specific ways to identify points of interest. This could be as simple as walking across their office or lifting your arms repeatedly.
The chiropractic adjustment process
During a treatment session, the chiropractor will place you in various positions. This allows them to adjust different parts of your body in the most effective, efficient, and comfortable way.
You may be asked to lie on your front, on your side, on your back, or to stand. The best chiropractors have a wide range of equipment and adjustable beds, which enable them to treat diverse injuries. It’s also common for chiropractors to use electric stimulation, ice, and/or heat to aid recovery.
By performing adjustments, chiropractors will also help to reduce the risk of injuries occurring again. This will be welcome news to athletes who rely on their mobility and flexibility for their chosen sport, or for anyone whose job involves manual work.
Recovery may take time and multiple sessions, but the results could mean a significant improvement in your overall wellbeing.
Your chiropractor will also offer advice on avoiding similar or related injuries in the future. It’s crucial that you take note of their recommendations, particularly with regards to playing contact sports or lifting heavy weights/objects.
How to book your own chiropractic treatment for injury recovery
Astra Healthcare is dedicated to helping you feel better through our extensive portfolio of services and treatments. Chiropractic therapy is just one of them, and it’s helped numerous patients find relief from painful injuries.
Our chiropractors have years of hands-on experience and training. They’ll discuss your condition in detail before moving on to a careful physical examination.
We’re here to answer your questions and offer advice. So, if you want to learn more about how Astra Healthcare’s chiropractic treatments can help you recover from an injury, contact our friendly team in Brampton today!