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How Chiropractic Treatment works in Tacoma, WA

In Tacoma, chiropractic intervention offers a safe, medicine-free, and non-invasive therapy for the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, and spinal cord problems and their effects on general well-being. It is used widely to treat neck pain, back pain, headaches, subluxations and many other neuromuscular problems.

A Tacoma chiropractor helps alleviate many pain-related conditions by performing adjustment or manipulation of the spine. The chiropractic treatment allows the body to heal naturally by removing triggers, such as releasing pressure on nerves in nerve compression disorders. Chiropractic care keeps the brain body communication optimal so our bodies can self heal.

The chiropractors work similarly to conventional medicine. They first take a detailed history, perform a physical examination, and then order relevant tests to determine whether you are suitable for chiropractic treatment or not.

The management plan is then decided that may include manual traction and gentle stretching or spinal manipulation, depending on your condition. Sometimes, they may combine two or more techniques as per the requirement in your case. They may also advise lifestyle modification, nutritional supplements, and exercising for better and quick recovery. The patient usually feels immediate relief just after going through chiropractic care as the mobility is restored and muscle spasms relax.

Spinal adjustments

The spine is the critical structure through which all nerves connecting the brain to the entire body pass. Any disorder of the spine has an impact on the overall body functioning; therefore, chiropractic treatment is designed to provide immediate symptomatic relief without having to go through any medical or surgical intervention.

It is a manual therapy that employs certain techniques such as massage therapy, exercises, moving and jolting joints, and physical therapy. It decreases pressure on the joints and reduces inflammation, eventually improving the nerve functioning. Other than neuromuscular issues, it also helps with muscle spasms, sinus issues (hollow spaces in the facial bones) and menstrual pain. 

It is done in the following way:

  • Forcing and twisting of the spine – spinal manipulation
  • Gentle thrust and other techniques – spinal mobilization


What happens during spinal manipulation?

This curiosity is natural because of the word ‘manipulation,’ which may seem a bit intimidating at first, but the truth is, it is a safe and effective therapy. In this, the chiropractor applies a controlled, directed, and gentle force either manually or with the help of special tools to the joints of the spine so that misaligned vertebral bones move to their position and/or stiff joints return to normal function. For lower back pain, the chiropractor similarly manipulates the lumbar spine.


In spine mobilization, the chiropractor approaches the joints more gently to restore and improve their movement and alleviate back pain. It is done slowly by continuously applying gentle traction at the endpoint of the joint for its mobilization.

The spinal adjustment is often combined with other methods such as heat and ice application, electrical stimulation, rehabilitative exercises, and nutritional modification for a better outcome. Pressure point massage is employed to cope with soreness and discomfort. Sometimes, the patient may feel mild sensitivity post-treatment that is self-limiting and resolves in 12 to 48 hours. Considering the side effects of medical and surgical treatment, chiropractic therapy is the safest and most effective pain management option.

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