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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession which focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the implications of these disorders on general health.  

Chiropractic care is primarily used  to treat neuromusculoskeletal pain. This is primarily, but not limited to back pain, neck pain, joint pain of legs, arms and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic are referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians. chiropractors practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care. This approach includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.

standing_spineChiropractors have broad diagnostic skills. They are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. They also provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as spinal manipulation, commonly referred to as, chiropractic adjustment.   

The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile or restricted in their movement. This is a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time.

Injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustment) of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility. This alleviates pain and muscle tightness. This allows tissues to heal.

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment. This usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.

Chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment for lower back pain, When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Doctors of chiropractic assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions. This determines when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.  

Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition. The condition may warrant co-management in conjunction with other members of a health care team.

Benefits of Chiropractic

 Millions of Americans not only found relief from back pain, but also a pathway to wellness with chiropractic's natural, drug­-free approach to healthcare through chiropractic adjustments.

Your spinal is made up of 24 independent vertebrae. This allows your body to move, twist, and bend through every range of motion. Your spine encases and helps protect the delicate nerve tissue which carries every communication between your brain and body. This is why Dr. of Chiropratic believe the first step to a healthy and active lifestyle is a healthy spine, free of subluxations.spin

When two or more vertebrae are misaligned and not working together properly, it is known as a subluxation. Subluxations can cause you to experience pain, discomfort, decreased mobility, or many other symptoms. These misalignments often go unnoticed even while causing major miscommunication between your brain and body.

If a subluxation prevents the nervous system from functioning properly, it will eventually lead to symptoms such as shoulder or elbow pain. These symptoms are your body’s only way of letting you know something is wrong.

Unfortunately, by the time pain and symptoms appear, the problem may have been present for months, even years. You can help prevent these types of symptoms with routine chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractors promote ongoing wellness by removing subluxations, enabling your body's powerful ability to heal itself. With regular adjustments, chiropractic also offers a host of health benefits beyond preventative care, and is vital for keeping your body balanced, flexible and feeling its best.

Everyone, from growing children to active seniors, can benefit from regular chiropractic care.

 

What is Chiropractic?