What is Chiropractic:
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and the effects of these disorders on general health.
How does it work:
Doctors of Chiropractic 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 counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” It is a known fact that misalignment of vertebrae or “back bones” creates pressure on nerves which can cause problems throughout the body.
Why it Works:
Manipulation not only helps to relieve this pressure, but it also restores mobility to joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of tissue injury. 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.
What Happens to My Body When I’m Adjusted?
Once the doctor has a complete understanding of your medical history, he will then “palpate”, or feel for vertebrae or back bones that may be out of alignment. He will also have x-rays of your back or joints to aide him in pinpointing the problem and solution. The doctor will then proceed to position you for the adjustment. You will be either seated or laying on your back, side, or face down. The doctor will make the adjustment by placing his hands in the area that needs to be realigned and firmly, but gently, push or pull to allow for the misaligned joint to go back into place.
You will hear a popping sound – or “cavitation”. Most people are surprised to learn that the popping sound is not the bone, but simply gas bubbles within the joint, or adjacent back bones, that suddenly pop as the bones fall into place.
Does it hurt? Most of the time it does not, but on occasion there might be soreness associated with the sudden stretch of muscles around the area that was adjusted. It’s similar to what you would feel after exercising.
Most patients report a relaxed sensation following the adjustment, so leave yourself some time to rest afterwards. The feeling of well-being comes when the joints and muscles are finally released to their proper range of motion and circulation/neuro-circulatory function is back-to-normal. It is as though your body is relieved of undue stress and it can begin to heal itself.
Chiropractic manipulation improves the whole body:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Elbow Pain
- Wrist Pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Foot Pain
- Improved Immune System
- Decreased Pregnancy Symptoms
- Pediatric Care
- Geriatric Care
- Peak Performance
- Restoration of Posture
- Better Sleep
- Maintenance of Health