What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is defined as a drug free hands-on health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and most importantly, the prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the impact these disorders have on the nervous system function and overall health. Doctors of Chiropractic treat disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, including but not limited to neck pain, back pain, headaches and other joint pain or reduced function.
Chiropractors have a broad range of diagnostic skills and are trained to prescribe therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises.
Diagnostic testing including but not limited to, clinical examination, diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests help to determine if your case is appropriate for Chiropractic care or if you need to be referred elsewhere to co-manage your condition. Lifestyle and nutritional counseling are also within the realm of Chiropractic treatment. Remember, prevention is the best medicine and Doctors of Chiropractic have been at the forefront of preventative medicine from their inception.
Manual manipulation or “adjustments” of the spine and other joints is the primary mechanism for treatment as well as soft tissue manipulation and other forms of physiotherapy. The primary function of manipulation is to restore normal movement within a joint or improve joint mobility in hypomobile joints. This is done by applying a controlled force into the direction of restricted joint movement. Adjustments or manipulations restore mobility and function and allow tissues to heal properly. Causes of joint hypomobility or restriction are many, it can be from an injury, moving an object incorrectly or simply develops over time via poor posture and stress.
With all these mechanisms, the affected tissues undergo chemical and physical changes leading to inflammation, pain and decreased function. While there are a number of Chiropractic adjusting techniques, Diversified technique is the most widely used followed by instrument adjusting, both of which are used in this office. You can discuss with the Doctor the differences between the two techniques and come to a decision together on which method would best suite your case.
Many people wonder does an adjustment hurt?
Adjustments rarely hurt at the time or later, in fact many people feel relief shortly after if not immediately after an adjustment. There are always exceptions and a small percentage of the population will get sore for a few hours and through the next day before they start to feel better. Please feel free to discuss any concerns you have with the Dr. Deb.
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