An Overview of Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Methods

Whether you are recovering from an injury, looking for a solution to chronic pain, or simply wanting to relax, alternative therapies such as massage and chiropractic treatment can be right for you. Before you go in for a consultation, it is nice to have an understanding of the available options. Here are some of the methods of care offered at Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy.

Physical Therapy

This type of treatment can be extremely effective during recovery from an injury or to address chronic pain. Physical therapy programs can also focus on preventing injuries or optimizing physical fitness. Most treatment plans involve a combination of stretching and strength exercises, stability postures, and movements to improve flexibility and balance.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapists design treatments for support and pain relief related to pregnancy, recovery from auto accidents, and sports injuries. Massage offers patients numerous benefits, including:

  • improved blood circulation

  • reduced back and neck pain

  • increased relaxation

  • rejuvenation for low energy levels

  • stress relief

Chiropractic Care

Why is chiropractic care so important? The fact is that many Americans suffer from chronic back and neck pain and/or severe headaches. The CDC shows that nearly 30 percent of Americans commonly experience lower back pain, while nearly 20 percent suffer from severe headaches or migraines. With the potential dangers of addiction to strong pain medications, many people are choosing alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care.

There are several different chiropractic methods. Chiropractors may use a drop table to help move a specific area of the body during spinal alignment adjustments. This specialized table helps make spinal manipulations more effective and comfortable. Spinal decompression therapy is another type of treatment. A lumbar decompression table uses traction to help decompress and stretch the spine to reduce pain. Flexion distraction therapy focuses on the lumbar spine. It's designed to address disc problems such as bulges and herniations and can also help increase spinal motion. This treatment is performed on a specially designed table that flexes and distracts the spine automatically using gentle, repeated motions.

Customized Care

The most important part of pain management or recovery is finding the right treatments for your unique situation. For example, you may be a good candidate for the Accelerated Recovery Protocol, a technique that introduces a bioelectrical current during specific exercises to improve the body's recovery ability. The caring experts at Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy can create an individualized recovery plan for you, so you can get the treatment you need to help heal and maintain your body.