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Chiropractic Care for Kidney Pain

Published Date: 
March 20, 2023

Chiropractic care for kidney pain is a whole-body natural wellness treatment that can be beneficial for improving kidney function.

Kidney stones can be a painful and potentially dangerous condition. They form when certain substances in the urine, such as calcium, oxalate, or uric acid, become overly concentrated and form crystals. These crystals may join together to form larger kidney stones that can block the flow of urine and cause pain. In some cases, they may even require surgery to remove.

Chiropractic care can be beneficial for some people with kidney stones. It should be used alongside other treatments prescribed by a doctor. Chiropractors can provide spinal manipulation to help improve pain and mobility and suggest lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes and stress management. They may also use other techniques such as massage and electrical stimulation to help the body heal itself.

Understanding Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small, hard deposits of minerals and acid salts that form inside the kidneys. They can cause extreme pain when passed through the urinary tract and can block the flow of urine. 

Kidney stones vary in size from tiny grains to large pebbles. Most are made up of calcium oxalate or calcium phosphate, but some may contain uric acid, struvite, or cystine. The medical term for kidney stones is nephrolithiasis. 

While anyone may develop a kidney stone, they are more common in men than women, and the risk increases with age. 

Certain dietary factors can increase an individual's risk of developing kidney stones. A diet low in magnesium, calcium, and citrate, and high in oxalate-rich foods and animal protein can contribute to the development of kidney stones. 

A woman clutching her side suffering pain from kidney stones.

Other factors that may increase risk include dehydration, medications such as diuretics, medical conditions like gout or Crohn's disease, and a family history of kidney stones.

Treating Kidney Stones

Treatment for kidney stones varies depending on the size and location of the stones. In some cases, they can be passed naturally through drinking fluids and maintaining a healthy diet. If the stone is too large to pass on its own, various medical procedures may be used to break it into smaller pieces that are easier to pass. 

These methods include: 

  • Shock wave lithotripsy
  • Ureterostomy
  • Surgery

In addition to these treatment methods, your doctor can prescribe medications to help reduce the pain associated with passing a kidney stone and prevent new stones from forming.

How Chiropractic Care May Help Improve Kidney Function

Chiropractic care is becoming an increasingly popular way to boost overall health and wellness, including kidney function. 

A Chiropractor is palpating and examining abdomen of patient with kidney pain.

In particular, chiropractic adjustments can help reduce pain associated with kidney problems and improve circulation in the area. It also has been shown to help increase the body’s natural healing processes, which may lead to better kidney health. 

By correcting misalignments in the spine, chiropractic care helps to keep the central nervous system functioning correctly and can make it easier for our body to fight off disease and infection. In addition, chiropractic treatments are holistic in nature and focus on treating the individual as a whole. This means they may help improve overall wellness and general health, including kidney function. 


Chiropractors can provide a variety of treatments to help improve kidney function. These may include spinal manipulations, nerve mobilization, soft tissue therapies, and lifestyle advice. By working with the nervous system, chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce inflammation and pain in the area around the kidneys. 

Additionally, by improving circulation and lymphatic drainage in the region, it can help to reduce toxins that can build up and cause further damage. By using a holistic approach, chiropractors are also able to recommend lifestyle changes that may be beneficial for kidney health, such as drinking more water or getting regular exercise.

If you’re concerned about kidney health, contact Accident Care Chiropractic or your local chiropractor.

Dr. Darren Faherty D.C.

In 2004, Dr. Darren Faherty graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UWEC - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Dr. Darren continued education at the highly esteemed University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) where he obtained his chiropractic degree in 2007. He has been helping people recover from injuries and return to their normal lifestyles ever since.

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