Regular treatment by a chiropractor is fairly controversial. Some medical professionals do not respect the holistic practice of correcting the function of the spine and other musculoskeletal areas through non-evasively manipulating the spine.
The word chiropractic’s roots are in the Greek word, Chiropraktikos, which means effective treatment by the hand. Chiropractors treat by using the hand to make adjustments to the spine. Sometimes the vertebrae in your spine become fixed, thereby affecting the ability of your spine to move properly. By manipulating the spine, a chiropractor seeks to free the fixed joint and return normal function to the spine.
Personally, I have found chiropractic treatments (called adjustments) excellent for acute and chronic problems. Combing spinal manipulation with ultrasound and electro stimulation is an effective treatment for my chronic neck problems as well as some acute athletic injuries I have encountered.
The words electro stimulation bring all sorts of images to one’s mind, some of them quite scary. Electro stimulation actually works quite simply in concept. Electricity is used to trigger the firing of muscles in the body.
Electro stimulation occurs in many forms. For race walkers, electro stimulation is used to control pain, decrease muscular atrophy, and improve circulation.
Be wary of claims that electro stimulation gets you in shape without working out. While one form of electro stimulation, “Russian stimulation,” is used to build muscle, it’s used mostly for therapeutic cases where an athlete is immobilized for a period of time. Claims that electro stimulation helps you lose weight and strengthens your stomach are very misleading.
While under the care of a medical practitioner, electro stimulation proves an effective form of treatment, but the treatment is not for everyone. Do not use it without the supervision of a medical practitioner.