After years of all kinds of back treatments and finally surgery I would definitely recommend against chiropractors and go straight to a good physical
Few chiropractors included exercise in their treatments and good exercise treatments are best done by a physical therapist that have almost as much
experience as a doctor for education and internships.
Manipulation and icing is best done by a massage therapist. Most chiropractors just have you come back for treatments regularly to line their wallets.
One even charged me more because I was coming related to a car accident. When I asked her about this she stated plainly, "you'll get money from the
Chiropratic cracking and/or massage is "passive" manipulation and does nothing to strengthen or stretch muscles that, when aggravated, can tighten and
pull your body of alignment. Just by stretching alone you can allow your body to align.
Exercise is "active" manipulation. Unlike passive massaging or chiropractic touch you actively create your own stronger muscles to support your body
which is important as we age. Stretching is also mandatory so your body mechanics are not over tightened or misaligned. When nerves and muscles are
aggravated the body is pulled out of alignment. Through active exercise you can naturally align your own body and keep it aligned.
You may find a chiropractor that embraces exercise and massage therapy, and I've been to those, but your better served with more advanced treatments
by innovative "active" exercises directed by physical therapist professionals. This has produced superior and more long lasting results than that from
Some physical therapists may also include "deep needling" and "acupuncture". I am just about to try that now and will report back on my experience.
For immediate pain relief i've found that Naproxen Sodium (brand name: Aleve) works better than Ibuprophen to release muscle tension and reduce
swelling. Though Ibuprophen and Aleve can be a good combo to combat temporary severe pain. But, don't take these long term as they can have some
effects on your liver, etc. Get to a physical therapist for chronic conditions.
Finally, a good back exercise book is very helpful and educational, but start out with a physical therapist who is trained to target your particular
problem for maximum long term relief. After training in exercises for my condition, physical therapy has allowed me to help myself and address
problems with increased exercises as needed.
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