Back Pain Treatments

Back pain is one of the most common types of pain that people in the US suffer from. If you are one of the 60-plus million people what you want is some relief. Dr. Andrew Harrison of Harrison Chiropractic in McHenry, IL, serves patients in Northern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin. He offers many treatments and therapies to help get you back to a pain-free life, including lumbar decompression, intersegmental traction, Activator adjustments, cryotherapy, electric muscle stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, massage therapy, and corrective exercises.

Back pain can be caused by many different things and the cause will influence the treatment options suggested. 

Lumbar decompression 

The lumbar region of your back is the lower back. There are five spinal discs in the lumbar region. When a disc bulges or herniates, it can press on the nerves and this leads to pain along those nerves. Decompression is a non-invasive treatment that stretches the spine so that it allows the disc to go back into its normal position. 

Intersegmental traction

This therapy uses a specially designed table to increase blood flow to the spine. It treats back pain, disc problems, and muscle spasms. The patient lies on their back and specially designed rollers move up and down the spine. 

Activator adjustments

The Activator is a specially designed handheld device that the chiropractor uses near the joint that is affected. It gives a gentle thrust motion to help get the spine back into alignment. 


Cryotherapy uses coldness to help reduce inflammation and pain. It can be applied to the area where the injury is located or on the whole body. It helps with chronic pain as well as acute pain immediately after an injury. 

Electric muscle stimulation

Several types of electric muscle stimulation are available to help with back pain depending on the need. These therapies force muscles to contract and relax, reducing inflammation by making blood circulate.

Therapeutic ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound can help with back pain caused by muscle spasms, as well as soft tissue and joint issues. A very high-frequency soundwave is used to produce heat which helps break up scar tissue. 

Massage therapy

Massage therapy helps other chiropractic treatments to work more effectively. When the body is relaxed, it is more receptive to treatment. It is often used in combination with other therapies and can also force blood to circulate.

If you are suffering from back pain you can count on Dr. Harrison of Harrison Chiropractic in McHenry, IL, to provide the service you require. Call the office at 815-344-1025 to make an appointment. You can also reach us using the appointment request form on our website. 

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