Chiropractic treatment for spondylosis, sciatica, lower back pain, neck pain and pain due to pinched nerve...
If you have been suffering from disorders of neuro-musculo-skeletal system (and especially of spine) but did not get relief from other treatments, it’s time that you tried out Chiropractic. Chiropractic is most popular for treatment of chronic lower back pain (e.g.lumbar spondylosis) and neck pain (e.g.cervical spondylosis).
It is also useful to treat radiculopathy which is pain caused by pinching (compression) of root ends by spinal discs. Such pain occurs in median, radial and ulnar nerves on arm/hand and sciatic nerve of thighs/leg/foot (causing sciatica).
Chiropractic treatment originated in the US in 1895 and presently it is widespread in US, UK, Australia and many other countries. In India, this method of treatment is taking baby steps with a few Chiropractors (holders of D.C. degree - Doctor of Chiropractic) in certain major metros.
How does the Chiropractic treatment work?
Chiropractic therapy involves manual manipulation of spine, other joints and soft tissues. As a result of such manipulations, gradually the range of motion increases, mobility is restored, muscle tightness is removed, tissues heal and pain subsides.
During the first visit, the Chiropractor studies the X-Rays, identifies the problem and decides on the treatment regime. The patient is made to lie on the Chiropractor’s couch face down and then face up or vice versa. The couch has an opening to accommodate the patient’s nose while in face-down position.
The Chiropractor uses his/her palms (and sometimes knee) to carry out spinal manipulation by applying a slow speed high force movement (so called “dynamic thrust”) at the end of which sometimes a popping or cracking sound is heard. The controlled force that is applied is high enough to take the joint beyond it’s normal range of movement but not as high as to cause an injury to the joint.
After each session of Chiropractic treatment, the affected area is treated by supplementary techniques are such as faradic (electrical stimulation), ultrasound, infra-red heat, steam, superficial heat etc. Specific physical exercises may also be recommended by the Chiropractor.
Chiropractic treatment in India…
The late Dr Raghubhai Shastri was the first Indian to graduate in Chiropractic way back in 1947 from The National College of Chiropractic, Chicago, USA. He set up his Chiropractic clinic during late-1940’s in Opera House area of Bombay (now Mumbai) and over the years treated thousands of patients including Mahatma Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Vasantdada Patil etc.
Chiropractic has been gradually making inroads in India and today over a dozen Chiropractors trained in USA, Canada and Australia practice in India. An Indian Association of Chiropractic Doctors (IACD) is also functional.