What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskew Edcxletal 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.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – Practice a drug-free and a hands-on approach to treating patients with musculoskeletal problems. We also provide nutritional counseling, prescribe rehabilitative exercises and help you make healthy lifestyle changes as well.
How does it work?
During your first meeting we examine your posture and gait. We perform orthopedic and neurologic tests in order to diagnose your condition. We take X-rays if necessary. An important part of the examination is palpation of the spine, where we feel for restrictions of motion in the joints. These joints can either be hypomobile (not enough movement) or hypermobile (too much movement). We also examine the state of the musculature surrounding the joint.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or due to repetitive stress on the spine. Auto accidents, falls, sports injuries can all contribute to tissue injury. Gravity itself constantly pushing on the spine can be a cause as well.
Chiropractic adjustment typically do not cause any discomfort. In some cases the patient can be sore for a day or 2 after the adjustment, which is completely normal.
In many cases we would work along with other health care professionals to provide the best care possible to the patient. In case the patient has a condition that we cannot treat we would refer them out to the right health care provider in order to make sure that the patient gets the best care possible.
Common conditions that we treat at the clinic are:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Elbow pain
- Rib pain
- Mid back/Thoracic pain
- Low back pain
- Hip bursitis
- Degenerative Joint Disease DJD
- Disc Herniation
- Plantar Fasciitis