Chiropractic = “chiropraktikos” from Greek “chiro” = “hand” + “praktikos” = “concerned with action/practice”
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts that is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is 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.
Doctors of Chiropractic, or chiropractors, practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle modifications, in order to address the physical, chemical, and emotional stressors.
The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures. The spinal column is a series of movable bones that begin at the base of the skull and end in the center between the hip bones at the pelvic bowl. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network that influences every living tissue in the body.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment,” to correct spinal misalignments in the spine called “subluxations.” The purpose of 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 the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. 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 may assess patients through integrative clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine 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, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
Chiropractic Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:
- Low back pain
- Disc herniation with radiculopathy
- Neck pain
- Extremity mobilization
- ADHD & learning disabilities
- High blood pressure
- Asthma & allergies
- Infantile colic
- Ear infections
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Menstrual cramps
- Pelvic and back pain during pregnancy
- Uterine constraint in breech birth presentation
- And more…
Chiropractic treatments may include:
- Physical rehabilitation & physiotherapy
- Heat/cold therapy
- Lifestyle and nutrition counseling & modification
- Stress management
- Exercise therapy
- Herbal & nutritional therapy
- Massage & manual therapy
- Trigger point therapy
- Electric muscle stimulation
- And more…
Chiropractic is simple and natural. It improves nervous and immune system function that leads to overall more energy and increased vitality.
Chiropractic honors the wisdom of the body’s innate ability for self-healing!
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