Georgetown Chiropractic Benefit Extends Beyond the Spine

November 23, 2021

Chiropractic is known for its care of the spine. Research is reporting that its spinal treatment is positive, reaching beyond the spine. The latest report describes how Georgetown chiropractic thoracic spinal manipulation and mobilization assists in respiratory function. Dr. Butwell delivers gentle, safe treatment of the thoracic spine.


Chiropractors are recognized for their management of musculoskeletal spinal issues. Not a bad thing! Chiropractors do offer more. Related to musculoskeletal care is prevention of musculoskeletal problems. A survey of chiropractors about their use of primary preventive care of musculoskeletal disorders and other public health-related disorders found that chiropractors undoubtedly offer such prevention care and are prepared to do so, but patients don’t typically visit them mainly for such care. (1) Additionally, a review of chiropractic websites discovered that 79% of them referred to care of one or more non-musculoskeletal conditions like sleep issues, constipation/digestive issues, unease/discontent in children, and menstrual cramps/pain. (2) Your Georgetown chiropractor is here for musculoskeletal pain relief and prevention plus much more!


More studies are reporting on the benefits of thoracic mobilization for improvement in thoracic hyperkyphosis (upper spine curvature found in almost 20-40% of older adults) and respiratory function. Diaphragmatic breathing is discussed a lot for its calming benefits. Diaphragmatic excursion, how far the diaphragm expands on inhale, is linked with respiratory function. Increasing diaphragm excursion is beneficial. In a recent analysis of healthy volunteers with thoracic hyperkyphosis, 8 weeks of thoracic mobilization increased the diaphragmatic excursions during deep breathing, increased forced vital capacity, and the thoracic hyperkyphosis itself. The researchers summarized and suggested the inclusion of thoracic mobilization in respiratory rehabilitation programs to cope with and avert respiratory dysfunction in those with thoracic hyperkyphosis. (3) Georgetown chiropractic spinal treatment offers benefits beyond the spine itself.


Shoulders benefit, too! Shoulder pain patients found that thoracic spinal manipulation immediately increased neuromuscular drive as well as serratus anterior muscle activity, a crucial muscle for scapular motion. Thoracic spinal manipulation is linked with short-term improvements in shoulder clinical outcomes. (4) Dr. Butwell is well trained gentle thoracic manipulation.

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 Dr. Butwell chiropractic care benefits more than the spine especially when the thoracic spine is treated!