Chiropractic treatment restores proper physiology. Physiology is the science of how the body functions. Chiropractic care re-establishes proper skeletal motion and optimizes nerve flow. The primary objective of chiropractic care is to remove skeletal fixations and place the body in a position that maximizes function and healing.
The origin of the word chiropractic is Greek and means “Done by hand.” Although spinal joint re-alignment has been practiced throughout the ages, modern chiropractic began in 1895.
The main treatment utilized by a Doctor of Chiropractic is the chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment is performed by hand or with a small hand-held instrument. The chiropractic adjustment is a high velocity, low amplitude, focused thrust. Numerous chiropractic techniques exist with the identical aim; Re-establish correct skeletal motion by removing a joint misalignment, also known as a subluxation.
The chief purpose of the chiropractic adjustment is to re-store correct skeletal biomechanics by removing the subluxation. A chiropractic adjustment can be performed on any joint in the body, including the spine, sacroiliac joints, ribcage and extremities. Correct skeletal motion improves joint range of motion, optimizes nerve flow, maximizes the body’s healing capabilities and decreases symptoms.
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive health care discipline which increases the body’s recuperative and healing power without the utilization of surgery or medication. Chiropractic care is classified as alternative, holistic and functional medicine.
Chiropractic care is well-known for its success in treating musculoskeletal and nerve impingement conditions. These conditions include but are not limited to: muscle strains, ligament sprains, muscle spasms, lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, middle back pain, oblique muscle strain, shoulder impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tendinopathy, TMJ, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, shin splints, hip bursitis, proximal hamstrings tendinopathy, iliotibial band syndrome, runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis and general aches and pains.
Pain and symptoms are signals from your body that an underlying problem exists. Chiropractic treatment alleviates the symptoms of painful conditions at the source. Once proper joint motion is restored and nerve flow is unimpeded the symptoms lessen.
The manner of how the source of these painful conditions was acquired does not matter. Chiropractic care treats these conditions regardless if they are acquired through a trauma, repetitive strain, insidious onset, sports injury, work injury, slip and fall or auto accident.
No matter what the cause, the foremost objective of chiropractic care remains the same: Use the chiropractic adjustment to re-establish proper skeletal motion and optimize nerve flow.
Chiropractic treatment is ideal for preventive and maintenance care. Just like you receive regular dental and optometry care, regular chiropractic treatments when you are asymptomatic maintain health and increase function.
Chiropractic and sports are a perfect compliment. Athletes of all ages and sports push their bodies to the limit. Maximum body function is required during training, practice and competition. Sufficient recuperative is also a necessity. Chiropractic care helps competitive and recreation athletes as well as entertainers perform at their highest capabilities and aids in recuperation.
Unbeknownst to many is how regular chiropractic care helps manage non-musculoskeletal conditions such as asthma and allergies. Chiropractic treatment balances and regulates the body. If a body system is under-reacting the restoration of proper nerve flow to the area increases function. If a body system is over-reacting the restoration of proper nerve flow decreases the over-reaction.
Eliminating skeletal and muscular fixations in the thoracic spine and ribcage through chiropractic treatment increases breathing capabilities in asthma and allergy sufferers. This vital component to chiropractic treatment assists many asthma sufferers in managing their symptoms.
An important aspect of chiropractic treatment is patient education. The doctor of chiropractic provides the patients with valuable tools to eliminate origins of conditions, lessen symptoms, decrease muscle tension, reduce inflammation and provide self-care.
Eliminating the source stems from accurate workstation ergonomics, proper lifting technique, perfect exercise form, posture improvement, correction of strength imbalances and improvement of movement patterns. Decreasing muscle tension is achieved through stretching, strengthening, correction of strength imbalances, postural improvement and self-massage techniques. Reduction of inflammation is executed through strategic nutritional modifications and proper utilization of cold therapy. Home self-care is performed through the appropriate combination of ice, heat, rest, nutrition and exercise.
Chiropractic patient education combined with in-office chiropractic treatment provides the patient with numerous tools to eliminate the origins and alleviate the symptoms of their conditions.
Chiropractic care is often the last resort for a majority of the population. Many patients have told me, “I wish I would have discovered chiropractic earlier,” or “I don’t know why I waited so long to see a chiropractor.” This trend needs to change; chiropractic care is a common sense approach to living a healthier, fitter, more functional life. Symptoms may increase and decrease on their own, but the source of those symptoms will remain if untreated. Eliminate the source of painful, life altering conditions by seeking chiropractic care.
Utilize the re-establishment of proper skeletal motion, the optimization of nervous system signals and the maximization of your body’s healing capabilities acquired through chiropractic care as a catalyst to living a healthier life.