What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects these disorders may have on general health.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our chiropractors provide chiropractic techniques designed to relieve pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles caused or intensified by surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Potential benefits of chiropractic care
Cancer and its treatments often cause stress on the musculoskeletal system. Some cancer patients experience peripheral neuropathy, aches and pains in the neck and/or back, muscle tension, headaches or difficulty walking.
Chiropractic care may help to reduce stress and increase mobility, flexibility, strength and function. A chiropractic adjustment may help alleviate a variety of symptoms, including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Painful walking
- Neuropathy (pain or numbness in the hands and feet)
Experienced care team
Our chiropractors are licensed chiropractic physicians with expertise in using non-invasive manual or instrument procedures to realign the muscles and joints of the body, particularly the spine. They work closely with our oncologists and the rest of the patient's care team to recommend strategies to help reduce stress on the nervous system without the use of drugs or surgical treatment.
Individualized treatment approach
If your oncologist determines chiropractic care is safe and appropriate and you choose to incorporate chiropractic care into your regimen, a chiropractor will work with your oncologists and the rest of your care team to develop a plan. Your plan may include non-invasive manual chiropractic techniques to correct bone, muscle and joint problems and restore nerve function.
A common therapeutic procedure is spinal manipulation, or chiropractic adjustment. Manipulation involves manually applying a controlled force to the spine and/or other joints in the body that have become misaligned or restricted in their movement.
Some specific chiropractic techniques to restore alignment include:
- Hands-on adjustments
- Electrical stimulation of the muscles
- Application of special instruments
- Non-force techniques
Throughout your cancer treatment, we will consistently monitor your scans and X-rays, as well as your lab results, to ensure safe delivery of chiropractic care. Our chiropractors can also work closely with your hometown doctor to see that your care is safe and appropriate once you return home.
While chiropractic care may be helpful to many patients, it is not for everyone. For example, chiropractic services may not be recommended if a bone metastasis is found or your platelet counts are low.