Back and Spine Chiropractic in Austin, TX

Chiropractors address the nervous system through correcting vertebral subluxations also known as spinal misalignments. We don’t just treat the symptoms, but rather address the cause of the problem by helping the body to return to an optimal functioning state of being.

Some common back and spine conditions we see are:

What happens when a chiropractor cracks your back?

The cracking noise you hear is  simply a change in pressure in the joint space. As the gases within the joint change pressure, we hear a noise, similar to opening a carbonated drink and hearing the pressure change make a noise. A “chiropractic adjustment”  is made when a joint and the surrounding soft tissue is affected through one of many techniques. Our chiropractors utilize many techniques including but not limited, to Diversified, Gonstead, Activator, Thompson Drop Table, Toggle Recoil, Torque Release Technique, and chiropractic spinal decompression (done by hand). Many of the techniques we utilize do not make a cracking noise, since for some this is more comfortable. Many of our gentle techniques can be seen on our YouTube Channel.

Can you realign your back at home?

The short answer is no, not safely. Without knowing the exact spinal segment that is causing the problem, along with the correct biomechanical way to manipulate the joint, an alignment cannot be made at home. Even our chiropractors get adjusted by a chiropractor. Trying to realign the spine at home can actually do more harm than good. Introducing too much motion to a joint that does not need it will create a secondary problem along with the original one, hypermobility (too much motion). We do offer safe, effective home exercises that speed up healing time and help stabilize the spine for better long term results. You can find many of these exercises shown in our YouTube Videos.

Can a chiropractor help a pinched nerve?

Yes! What we call a “pinched nerve” in lay terms is actually not a nerve being pinched but rather a nerve that is irritated due to inflammation in the surrounding joints. This inflammation is typically secondary to a spinal misalignment and may be caused by a number of things. Correcting the spinal misalignment will help to reduce the inflammation in the surrounding joint and therefore help the “pinched nerve.” Finding the cause is important to get the best long term correction. If it is not addressed, the pinched nerve and associated symptoms such as muscle spasms will most likely return again in the future. For this reason we always recommend seeing a chiropractor for a full diagnostic evaluation to find the source and severity of the problem. Click here to schedule your first appointment.

How long does it take to fix back and spine issues?

Healing time always varies based on the severity of the problem at hand. It is typically affected by a combination of things including lifestyle factors such as occupation, activity level, age, and number of traumas. Generally, the longer a problem has taken to develop, the longer it takes to correct. For this reason we always recommend seeing a chiropractor for a spinal evaluation to detect any problems that may be present. Early detection with anything in health leads to better outcomes. Schedule your evaluation with one of our doctors today!

Chiropractic vs Physical Therapy for back pain

Chiropractors focus on restoring proper motion and function to the body. We do this through spinal adjustments and then give specific home exercises to help stabilize the problem. Physical therapists are many times focused on stretches and exercises, but are not trained in depth in spinal manipulation like chiropractors are. Doctors of Chiropractic are trained on average for 4 years and undergo a 4200 hour doctorate program in which they study anatomy, physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, radiology, pathology, and more.

Chiropractic vs. Medicine for treating back pain

Chiropractic focuses on restoring proper motion and function to the body. Abnormal joint motion is one of the most common root causes of back pain that we see in our office. Addressing the root cause of the problem not only allows the body to heal naturally, but also typically gives better lasting results. Medicine is focused on treating the symptoms associated with these dysfunctions aka pain and inflammation. Over the counter medications are often used such as Ibuprofen. While the side effects of a chiropractic adjustment typically only include slight soreness at it’s worst, there’s a whole list of potential side effects of taking pain medicine such as ibuprofen. According to Mayo Clinic there are 28 common side effects (not including the rare side effects) of taking an NSAID drug, such as Ibuprofen.

A few of these common side effects include:

Which is better for back pain, Massage or Chiropractic?

This depends on the source of the pain. Pain is just a sign or signal that there is some sort of problem within the body, similar to a check engine light in a car. We recommend an evaluation from one of our doctors to find the source of the pain before determining the best course of treatment. Pain commonly comes from a combination of joint problem and soft tissue problem. At Lifespring Chiropractic, we offer sports massage and deep tissue massage along with our chiropractic spinal alignment services to aid in the healing process. To see which is best for you, schedule a visit to see one of our doctors today!