When a chiropractor is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the ‘crack’ sound. Well, this is okay; it means that your idea of a chiropractor and what they do is pointed to the right direction. If you have a spinal cord injury, a chiropractor is the person who can offer you the best help. A spinal cord injury is normally associated with back pain, paralysis and other very serious life altering conditions. This always makes people think that surgery is the only way out. Well, this isn’t necessarily true. You could successfully treat your spinal cord injury the natural way which guarantees no side effects. Natural methods of treatment are always the best when it comes to any health issue.
What Chiropractors can do for a Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is the central most important place that controls almost all your bodily functions especially joint functionality. It controls every single cell in your body. The brain sits just at the top of your spine. When the spinal cord (which is located inside the spine) is affected, the brain fails to send signals related to the nervous system and eventually all the cells in your body.
With such sensitivity, the spinal cord should be very carefully handled to prevent further damage. Before the chiropractic sessions begin, the chiropractor performs a background check on your medical history. After this, a physical examination will be performed. They might use the help of imaging to determine where the problem specifically is and whether it can be corrected with this type of treatment or not.
A chiropractor will help you correct the injury, naturally. So what is it that a chiropractor does you might be thinking. A chiropractor simply manipulates the spinal cord by aligning it to how it should be. This alignment of the spine basically helps the body heal/correct itself, simply and naturally. This kind of manipulation will restore the once lost mobility of the joints. This is caused by a tissue injury which was the root cause for your spinal cord injury. This might have been brought about by falling or improper back posture especially when sitting or sleeping. You might require a session or two to completely correct your spine. This depends on the severity of your condition. Basically, the doctor uses a sudden but controlled force on your spine to improve the quality of motion. This brings about the famous “crack” sound!
In some cases, the chiropractor might give you nutritional counseling whereby he will give you a certain diet to strictly follow. This is mostly food that will add strength to your bones hence facilitate recovery. Physical therapy is also advised in some cases. This is especially so when there is paralysis as a result. It may take a bit more time to completely learn how to use your limbs again.
You might want to use proper sitting posture and sleep on a recommended mattress after this. Being very careful as to avoid accidents that might injure the spine would be a good idea as well.