Modern chiropractic – more than just cracking

The biomedical approach is the most common application of chiropractic care for musculoskeletal (MSK) pain. This type of treatment is provided by our chiropractors at Body Mind Central Leichhardt (located at 216 Norton st Leichhardt). The biomedical approach is the application of best available chiropractic manual therapy evidence-based treatment for presenting episodes of back pain, neck pain and headaches.

Patients often seek out treatments for a back pain, neck pain and headache conditions. The patient is not only after a solution for the back pain but wants advice on how to prevent pain flare-up now and into the future. The treatment applied is based largely on the patients’ needs of back pain reduction and improvement in function. This approach is in most part endorsed by clinical practice guidelines, called multimodal manual therapy; a combination of chiropractic manual therapy, advice and reassurance, and exercise. This type of treatment for back and neck pain is provided by our chiropractors at 216 Norton St Leichhardt.

For the most part this biomedical approach is successful in managing new episodes of back and neck pain. If the patient is presenting with a recurrent or chronic back or neck pain condition, then this biomedical/ episodic treatment care can be lacking as it may not addressing social, psychological and behavioural aspects of the painful back pain condition. These social, psychological and behavioural overlays begin to occur after 8 – 12 weeks of ongoing back pain.

Pain management strategy in chiropractic practice are more focused on chronic conditions like chronic back and neck pain. Clinical practice guidelines recommend that a biopsychosocial approach is applied in primary manual therapy practice for chronic back and neck pain conditions. This is a combination of the same type of approach for acute MSK condition with the added attention to a person’s social, psychological and behavioural aspects that become affected by chronic back and neck pain.

Treatment for chronic back and neck pain includes multimodal manual chiropractic therapy (manual therapy, spinal manipulative therapy, exercises, advice and reassurance) with psychological and behavioural modification advice (often delivered by a psychologist or equivalently trained practitioner).

The space of pain management in primary manual therapy chiropractic practice is changing. The chiropractor of the future will be better versed in the application of a biopsychosocial approach for chronic musculoskeletal conditions like back and neck pain.

If you are needing treatment for back and neck pain, then visit our website to book your chiropractic appointment today for chronic back and neck pain.

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