Hi, my name is Dr. Katie Sleigh, at Sleigh Family Chiropractic. And today we’re going to talk about how we can help eliminate lower back pain.
So the first thing that we’re going to do when you come into the office is we’re going to do a thorough history. So that means that the doctor is going to sit down with you and really listen, they’re gonna listen to how and when your pain started, what it feels like what things aggravate it, we are really going to try to understand exactly what’s going on with your lower back. From there, we’re going to recommend an evaluation. The foundation of what we look for here in this office is subluxation. So what that is, is we know that the brain controls every single thing that happens in the body through the nervous system, which is this up and down yellow line that the spinal cord, we’re sending branches to the spinal nerves, which go to every single cell tissue muscle and organ in the body, what we look for, like I said, is subluxation, so that’s that red block up here. That’s an area in the spine that’s either not aligned correctly, or it’s not moving properly, that creates a nervous system tension tension on that spinal nerve, and stops that nerve from working like it’s supposed to. So especially when it comes to lower back pain, we’re going to be looking at the vertebrae in the lower back to see where those subluxations may be.
Exam and Evaluation
The first part of the evaluation is going to be palpation. So that’s the part of the exam where the doctor will feel the spine feel for how things are moving and feel for where things are locked up, or subluxated. The next part we’ll be looking at posture. Posture is the window to the spine. So when we see imbalances in posture, when we see patients leaning more to one side versus the other, it gives us some good ideas of where there may be extra pressure and stress on the lower back. The next part of the evaluation is going to be our insight subluxation station scans. The scans are computerized an objective way for us to evaluate the function of the nervous system. The first thing that we’re going to do with the scans is the paraspinal thermography scan, which is going to look for inflammation along the joints in the lower back. The next scan that we are going to do is the surface EMG scan, which is going to measure how the muscles are working that support the lower back. Then we’ll move on to taking some x ray images of the lower back. We do have digital X ray on site, which allows us to get results quickly. And it also helps to reduce exposure for our patients. X ray images are very important to us because they show us a lot of things that we can’t necessarily feel. And many of those things will affect where we should adjust where we shouldn’t adjust how we should adjust and how we should not adjust a patient. So the things that we’re going to be looking for on a lower back x ray is we’re going to be looking at the curvature in the lower back, we are also going to be looking for balancing the pelvis, as well as alignment in the joints that maybe putting extra pressure creating lower back pain.
Chiropractic Treatment Plan
From here, we put together everything that we did with our evaluation, all the information that we gathered, and put together a treatment plan specific for you to help get rid of your lower back pain. So that treatment plan includes exactly how often we’d like to see you how long we think it will take to fix the problem. We’ll also go over exactly what therapies and exercises we recommend. And then we will also talk about insurance and the cost that you can expect out of pocket. So there’s several different styles of adjusting that we use for the lower back. So the first thing that we often times use is a drop table adjustment. So that’s where we use gravity to assist the adjustment and the table pops up underneath underneath your low back and hips and then we use a gentle pressure to adjust the vertebrae back into alignment. The second type of adjustment that we use is an instrument assisted type of adjustment, which is an activator tool that we use, and that instrument helps to tap the bone back into better alignment. And the third type of adjustment that we use for the lower back is called flexion distraction technique. Week. And with that technique it is a stretching type of an adjustment that helps to open up the joints of the lower back and helps you take pressure off of the desk and helps to really alleviate lower back pain. Another part of your treatment plan may include electric stim and intersegmental traction. What these therapies do is help bring more blood flow and oxygen to the muscles that support the spine which helps you to heal faster and it helps you to hold your adjustments quicker.
I hope this video has helped you to understand a little bit more about how we work to eliminate lower back pain. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the office or you can always just leave a message below!