8 Supportive Products for Chiropractic Care You Need to Know About
Supportive products can serve as an important “reinforcement tool to recreate the treatment received in the office,” according to the Doctors of Irondequoit Chiropractic Center. Here are eight of the most common supportive chiropractic products on the market and the conditions they can help treat.
1. Cervical Traction Units
Cervical traction is a treatment often used in chiropractic care that alleviates pressure on compressed vertebrae to reduce neck pain. To recreate this light stretching action at home, cervical traction devices are available. These units are composed of a head brace, which affixes to the patient’s head and neck, and a counterweight that’s typically attached to a pulley system. During operation, the muscles and joint structures around the neck are stretched, relieving spinal pain and improving range of motion.
2. TENS Units
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, is a type of therapy that uses low-voltage electric currents to treat pain and reduce inflammation. For those suffering from back pain, at-home TENS units can provide the relief needed to function on a day-to-day basis. with should be for these small, battery-operated devices are usually hooked to a belt and connected to two electrodes, which carry an electric current from the machine to the skin and produce a tingling or massaging sensation.
3. Back Braces
Used to support movements at the beginning, or acute stage, of chiropractic treatment, back support braces hold the spine while the wearer performs daily activities, such as sleeping or walking. While not designed for 24/7 wear, this type of supportive product can remind the patient not to bend in certain ways to promote healing.
4. Lumbar Support Pillows
Whether a job requires a patient to sit for extended periods of time or the person has difficulty sitting due to a soft tissue injury, lumbar support pillows provide extra support while seated in an upright position. Besides aligning the neck, back, and hips, these pillows help improve posture to relieve back pain.
5. Cervical Pillows
Neck pain, muscle stiffness, headaches and shoulder pain are all symptoms that are related to the cervical spine. Cervical pillows can help promote proper neck posture to relieve and prevent neck strain, so the patient wakes up feeling refreshed and pain-free.
6. Moist Heating Pads
Often used for aches and pains, electric heating pads can actually draw out moisture from the body and leave the skin dehydrated. However, moist heating pads penetrate skin deeper, increasing tissue elasticity and providing better pain relief – all without causing skin irritation from dehydration.
7. Kinesiology Tape
Functional movement taping, or kinesiology tape, is a rehabilitative taping technique that facilities the body’s natural healing process. Often used by athletes, kinesiology tape is designed to provide support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion, helping reduce pain, optimize performance, promote blood circulation and prevent injury.
8. Topical Analgesics
To help alleviate pain symptoms and inflammation after a chiropractic adjustment, a doctor may recommend the use of topical analgesics or topical painkillers. By producing a numbing sensation, topical analgesics offer a level of pain relief when rubbed into or sprayed on the skin over painful muscles or joints.
As with all chiropractic treatments, the goal for any supportive product is to use them sparingly as a way to make sure patients can continue the activities of their daily lives. Before using any at-home treatment, consult with your doctor to make sure the treatment method is right for you. To learn more about chiropractic care and the supportive products available at Irondequoit Chiropractic Center, contact the office at 585-467-7070.