What is Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
What does it do?
Chiropractors have led the way in pointing out that displacement of the vertebrae and discs in the spine can pinch the spinal nerves and alter the flow of this vital nerve power from the brain to the body. Chiropractic care balances the spinal column and relieves mechanical stress on the nervous system. Athletic injuries, auto accidents and repetitive physical stress nearly always jar and misalign the spine. In fact, almost all traumas to the body affect the spine because the spine is at the center of the body. A blow to the ribs, legs, feet, head, shoulder or torso radiates to the spine. Poor posture and work habits can also contribute to spinal misalignments. If the source of nerve interference is left untreated, it can affect other organs and tissues, leaving them more susceptible to injury and disease.
What is Spinal Manipulation?
One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a "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 – as 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. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractors are leaders in the field in treating these and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
What It can do for you
A free flowing nerve supply increases vitality and enhances an overall sense of well-being. Thus, almost anyone can benefit from regular Chiropractic check-ups to ensure that their spine is balanced and free from structural stress and subluxations.
Chiropractic is so much more than simply a means to relieving pain. Ultimately, the goal of receiving adjustments should be to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health