What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Dysfunction and the effects of these disorders can affect your 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, herniated discs and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractic physicians – 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, weight loss, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedures performed by Doctors of Chiropractic are known as “adjustments”. The purpose of an “adjustment” is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement. When the body cannot move properly it can cause pain and inflammation. When you restore movement to an individual you also have the capacity to restore life and flow within itself. 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, some patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.