Back Adjustments

A back adjustment at Lotus Chiropractic Care entails a detailed analysis of the patient's spinal structure of the upper and lower spine. Back adjustments are at the core of chiropractic care. 

The goal of a back adjustment from Dr. Desai is to adjust the spine gently. This can help to improve your spinal motion and improve your body’s overall function.

What is a back adjustment?

A back adjustment is when a trained chiropractor applies gentle and direct pressure to the spine. The goal of manipulating the spine is to move the vertebrae to its normal position, reducing nerve interference that is causing the pain. 

A misaligned spine can cause interference in the way your nerves function, causing symptoms such as tingling, loss of motor control, numbness, poor circulation, swelling, disc hernia, cold feet, and swelling in the feet. 

Having the correct spinal alignment can help improve your spinal movement and your body’s overall physical function. 

Process of a Back Adjustment

During a back adjustment, Dr. Desai will analyze your upper spine, known as your thoracic spine, and your lower spine, known as the lumbar spine. Dr. Desai analyzes a few different things during your first appointment:

Shape of the Lumbar and Thoracic Curve

Dr. Desai will start by analyzing the shape of your lumbar and thoracic spine. 

The Lumbar Curve

The lumber curve supports most of your body’s weight and is the center of your body’s balance. It is the curve on the lower part of your back. A normal curve is about 20 to 40 degrees and is a reversed C-shape. 

A lumbar curve shouldn’t be straight, nor should the curve be reduced. 

The Thoracic Curve

The thoracic curve is in the middle section of your spine. The thoracic curve starts at the base of your neck and ends at the bottom of your ribs. It contains 12 different vertebrae. 

The thoracic curve should be overly rounded or straight. It should be C-shaped. Dr. Desia will pay attention to the shape of your thoracic curve. 

Changes in the Vertebral Bodies and Disc Spaces

Next, Dr. Desai will look for changes in the vertebral bodies and the disc spaces using X-rays. A vertebral bone is a clean square-shaped bone. There should be an even separation between each disc. 

Any changes in the shape of the bone or disc space can indicate a degeneration of the spine. 

Alignment of the Thoracic and Lumbar Curve

Dr. Desai will examine the alignment of the thoracic and lumbar curves from the front and back views. Their relationship to each other and your hips and neck are important. 

If the curves are not straight from a front-to-back view, that could indicate a curve in the spine. If the spinal curve has a 10-degree deviation from the center, that is considered scoliosis

Dr. Desai uses her evaluation and a personal discussion about your health concerns and conditions to determine your personalized treatment plan. 

Back Adjustment Treatment

Dr. Desai practices gentle chiropractic techniques, which are all about using the least amount of force possible to get your spine precisely aligned as it should be. 

She uses the Activator Method, which involves using a small, hand-held instrument to deliver precise and gentle adjustments to the spine. The Activator method can help realign the spine so that nerve function can be restored.

Dr. Desai may also employ the NUCCA technique, which has an indirect impact on the lower back and helps in restoring balance to the central nervous system using gentle and precise adjustments.

An individualized care plan is created for each patient to address their specific back needs.

When You Need a Back Adjustment

How do you know when you need a back adjustment? You may need a back adjustment if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Shoulder pain 
  • Sharp pain in the ribcage
  • Tension in the thoracic spine
  • Lower back pain 
  • Sciatic pain 
  • Disc degeneration 
  • Numbness and tingling in the leg
  • Hips, knee, or ankle pain
  • Plantar fascists
  • Fibromyalgia 

Back adjustments can also be made for lower back pain experienced during pregnancy. Dr. Desai uses Webster’s technique to treat patients during pregnancy.

If you are considering a back adjustment, Dr. Desai can examine your condition and let you know what treatment you need.

Benefits of Back Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments can provide a number of benefits for your body, including:

Help with neck and lower back pain

Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce pain caused by pinched nerves in the neck or lower back.

Address Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition in which your spine curves to one side instead of being straight. Chiropractic adjustments can help realign your vertebrae so they're more symmetrical, which may help correct idiopathic scoliosis over time.

Ease Sciatica

Sciatica is pain that travels down one leg due to irritation in the sciatic nerve — one of five major nerves in your body (the others are cranial nerves). When this irritated nerve causes back pain, chiropractic adjustments may be able to ease the discomfort associated with sciatica.

Reduce Inflammation

If you have an injury or infection in your body, it might result in inflammation. Inflammation can cause pain and discomfort in any part of your body. Dr. Desai can use spinal manipulation to reduce inflammation and relieve both pain and stiffness.

Back Adjustments in Dunwoody, Georgia

Dr. Desai has extensive training and experience in caring for patients who need back adjustments. She uses specialized equipment and techniques to make precise and gentle adjustments to correct your condition.

Are you looking for an effective, non-invasive, and safe form of chiropractic care in Dunwoody, Georgia

Contact Lotus Chiropractic Care today for a back adjustment and assessment. Call us at (470) 719-9539 or request an appointment online.

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