Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine primarily involved in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system to restore and promote good health. It is based on a philosophy that true health comes from within. Therefore, chiropractic care is regarded as the first line of treatment for SI joint pain (sacroiliac joint dysfunction).
Patients suffering from lower back pain stemming from the sacroiliac joint need to be applied with chiropractic procedures so that they may get back to normal condition. Aside from relieving lower back pain, chiropractic procedure is also found to be effective for a variety of conditions including infantile colic, paediatric ear infections, migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, sciatic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, premenstrual syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, attention deficit disorder, and plantar fasciitis.
Poor, inadequate or incorrect function in the spine can cause irritation of the nerves that control posture and movement. Such spinal irritation, which is usually due to accidents, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor posture, and anxiety, may result in the symptoms of discomfort, pain, and diseases indicating that the body is not functioning as it should be.
By manipulating specifically on the spine, chiropractors use different approaches to correct alignment problems and stimulate the joint movement receptors so that the body’s natural ability to heal by itself may be activated. Chiropractors do not promote the use of drugs or employ any surgical procedures. Rather, they use their own hands in adjusting the joints of the spine and extremities where there are signs of movement restrictions, to relieve pain and improve mobility. Through such manipulation, which is also called adjustment, the body’s own healing processes will then be able to get on with the task of improving its health. A typical adjustment involves applying a controlled but sudden force that produces painless popping noise, and improving the range of motion of the joint being treated.
There are varied chiropractic techniques available, with the majority of chiropractors mixing several methods, such as the Thompson technique; Gonstead and Maitland technique; activator technique, which concentrates on the mechanical aspects of the spine; Sacro-Occipital technique, which uses the spine as a torsion bar; applied Kinesiology, which focuses on muscle testing, and so many more. But in general, most of the techniques involve high velocity, low amplitude thrusts. But some chiropractors also employ the low velocity, high amplitude technique, which involves gentle, extended movements rather than the back-cracking classic method of spinal manipulation. Such method is called spinal mobilization.
Aside from doing it by purely manual procedure, chiropractors may sometimes employ mechanically-assisted manipulations, using an activator, a small metal tool that applies force directly onto one vertebra. In many cases, chiropractors integrate exercise and physical fitness, nutritional and dietary practices, postural advice on ergonomics, change in lifestyle to rule out unhealthy habits, massages, and osteopathy into their program of treatment. Some chiropractors may even sedate their patients while manipulating the spinal joints; in which case, they seek the help of anaesthesiologists.
Chiropractic procedure is known as one of the safest types of health care in the world and has been proven to be a successful primary therapy for neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as SI joint pain and is a good alternative SI joint pain treatment. Various studies reveal that it is even safer than most medical procedures used to treat the same conditions.