What is Chiropractic?
(according to the American Chiropractic Association)
"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 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."
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What do Chiropractors do?
Doctors of Chiropractic are often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians. The chiropractic approach involves a drug-free, surgery -free, hands-on approach. Many people ask if we can prescribe them medication for their condition. We proudly say "no" because the whole purpose of why most chiropractors join this profession is to provide alternative care for patients with pain so they don't have to rely on drugs and surgery. However, we do refer out to other doctors and specialists when it is necessary for the improvement of the patient's condition. When visiting a chiropractor, you can expect a detailed examination which can involve laboratory or image studies to help the chiropractor make a diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan for your specific condition.
One of the main therapeutic procedures that only a chiropractor is trained in and certified to perform is the "chiropractic manipulation" also known as the "chiropractic adjustment." The purpose of an adjustment is to regain mobility in the joints that have become restricted due to soft tissue injury. Specifically, manipulation of the spine can help nerve function because the spinal cord is housed inside the spine and nerve endings exit through the openings in the spine called intervertebral foramen. Because of this relationship, nerve function can be restored or improved with manipulation of the specific spinal segment that is involved. The cause of the injury can be something traumatic and quick like a car accident, falling, bumping into something or even bending forward to pick up a penny. The cause can also be something repetitive and has been occurring for years like poor posture or improper body mechanics while working. It can even be from sleeping on a mattress with poor support or using improper technique while playing golf.
Chiropractic adjustments rarely cause any pain and most patients actually find instant relief after a chiropractic adjustment. However, sometimes patients may experience mild soreness or aching following treatment that usually resolves within 1 or 2 days. This can be comparable to the soreness and achiness you would develop after exercising.