At NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine, our goal is to help you live a pain-free life. That’s why we offer effective chiropractic services for our patients, including spinal manipulation and decompression therapy. This type of care can help offset many issues and provide relief from such persistent and painful conditions as sciatica.
Each year, millions of Americans seek chiropractic care for injuries, spinal conditions and other ailments. Chiropractic adjustments even help some patients avoid surgery and other invasive procedures. Many adults benefit from our chiropractic care, but we also work with children who need spinal adjustments.
What Conditions Can You Treat With Chiropractic Care?
Patients often call us for help with an out-of-whack back, but chiropractic care isn’t just about backaches.
Our chiropractors treat numerous spinal and musculoskeletal problems, including:
- Lower back pain
- Pinched nerves
- Herniated discs
- Leg pain or heaviness
- Foot pain, tingling or numbness
- Neck pain
- Sports injuries
When it comes to chiropractic services, spinal adjustments are often the first thing that patients request. We also use cold laser therapy, spinal decompression therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture to alleviate your pain. These forms of chiropractic care treatment can help patients recover faster with less pain. You may even find that you can decrease or eliminate medication after receiving consistent chiropractic care.
What Is Spinal Manipulation?
Spinal manipulation is one of the most common chiropractic techniques used today, but it has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. This technique occurs when a trained chiropractor applies a controlled, sudden force to a joint with their hands or an instrument. Chiropractors do this while a patient’s body is in a specific position, as this helps maximize benefits and reduce the risk of injury.
Greek writings from 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and describe how maneuvering the lower extremities eases low back pain. Hippocrates, the Greek physician for whom the Hippocratic Oath is named, published texts about the importance of chiropractic care. “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases,” Hippocrates states in one of his medical writings.
In the United States, spinal manipulation first grew popular in the 19th century. In 1895, Daniel David Palmer founded the chiropractic profession in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer was a respected medical expert and had significant knowledge of global developments involving anatomy and physiology. In 1897, Palmer opened the Palmer School of Chiropractic.
Today, chiropractic care is available in all 50 states and in countries around the world. You can request chiropractic care in New Jersey by visiting one of our many offices in Monmouth County and Ocean County.
What Happens During a Spinal Manipulation Session?
Spinal manipulation is one of the most popular chiropractic services. Chiropractic patients sometimes receive spinal adjustment as a standalone service, but you can also pair it with treatments such as spinal decompression therapy or cold laser therapy.
During spinal manipulation, you are typically seated or placed flat on your back, though some adjustments require a face-down position. You may hear a crack or pop during manipulation, but don’t panic — these noises occur as air pockets or bubbles get released near your joints.
Manipulation is generally quick and painless, though you may experience some mild discomfort. Your body gets used to being misaligned, so it needs time to process any changes that occur as we gently coax discs back in place. However, many of our patients experience immediate relief, though it takes multiple sessions before maximum recovery occurs.
What Is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression is a great way to sneak in a midday nap (at least if you ask some of our patients). This noninvasive, nonsurgical treatment gently pulls and stretches your spine as you relax on our padded table. As your spine moves via motorized traction, pressure gets released from your discs.
Spinal decompression creates negative pressure, which in turn helps reduce back pain. Pain can occur when you have bulging or herniated discs because these discs press against your nerves and muscles. Moving these discs toward their correct positions relieves pressure and helps your body heal, all while stimulating your body’s natural healing response by releasing oxygen, water and other nutrients.
Many patients consider spinal decompression a pleasant experience, but it can cause muscle spasms or minor discomfort. However, it is still a much safer alternative to many types of back surgery. Our compassionate team can help you decide if you are a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy and other chiropractic services.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression isn’t for everyone, but many patients love it. This noninvasive treatment is ideal for adults who have one or more of the following conditions:
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Injured spinal nerves
- Degenerative disc disorders
- Worn spinal joints
You should avoid spinal decompression if you are pregnant, or if you have a spinal condition that requires surgery, such as a fracture or tumor.
A typical spinal decompression treatment at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine lasts approximately 45 minutes. You may need multiple sessions, though many patients notice some improvements after just a few visits. The number of sessions you’ll need is likely to be based on the severity of your condition, your lifestyle and your body’s reaction to spinal decompression.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
When administered by a licensed medical provider, chiropractic care is generally considered safe. However, some patients have a higher risk of developing a serious injury or other complication from chiropractic manipulation than others.
Before scheduling a chiropractic appointment, let our staff know if any of the following apply:
- You have a pacemaker.
- You have a defibrillator.
- You have recently had surgery, especially a procedure involving your neck or back.
- You have recently recovered from a heart attack or stroke.
- You have osteoporosis.
- You have cancer.
- You are taking blood-thinning medications.
- You have a fractured or broken bone.
- You are pregnant or nursing.
Chiropractic care may still be safe for you if some of the conditions above apply. Our skilled staff will help you decide if you should visit a chiropractor or try our other treatment options. In addition to chiropractic care, we offer services such as physical therapy, acupuncture therapy, laser therapy and PRP injection therapy.
Experience the Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Living life to the fullest can be difficult when your body aches, but our experienced team can help. We offer chiropractic services, sciatica pain relief, migraine relief services, herniated disc treatment and many other treatment options and procedures at all of our locations. Offices are available throughout Ocean County and Monmouth County, including locations in Aberdeen, Jackson, Point Pleasant and Neptune.
During your initial consultation, we will meet to get a better understanding of your pain and develop a customized chiropractic treatment plan that is right for you. This may involve X-rays, CT scans and other diagnostic tests. Our team is composed of experienced chiropractors, surgeons, sports medicine doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists and acupuncturists. We will work together — with you and your existing providers — to develop an effective treatment plan.
Don’t spend another day battling spinal pain or musculoskeletal problems. Reach out today and schedule a consultation for chiropractic care or our other beneficial services.