What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic is a health care profession focusing on disorders of the nervous system, musculoskeletal system and the effects these disorders have on general health. Chiropractic care is most often used to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, headaches, repetitive strain injuries, migraine, sciatica and neuralgia. However, many people, especially athletes, are using chiropractic as a preventative therapy and to increase their performance.
Chiropractic doctors, often referred to as Chiropractors, are primary health care professionals practicing a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, treatment and referrals. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by a Doctor of Chiropractic is known as an adjustment. The purpose of an adjustment is to restore neurological function to the surrounding tissues improving joint mobility. This is done by applying a controlled and specific force to a joint to the tissue state surrounding it. Some causes for joint dysfunction include tissue injury caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting, falls, and auto accidents or through repetitive stresses including work, sleep, sitting and standing postures. Injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation of the affected joint and tissues seeks to restores mobility allowing proper muscle function reducing pain and muscle tightness.
A Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. In many cases, such as lower back pain, Chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, Chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
A Complete Approach to Chiropractic Care
Our experienced chiropractors take an all round approach to your health and well-being, they play a major role in relieving discomfort arising from accidents, stress, poor posture and everyday wear and tear that happens to us all as we grow older. There is an emphasis on manual treatment which includes spinal manipulation and, by restoring normal function via spinal adjustments to the nervous system and musculo-skeletal system, chiropractors can play a major part in relieving disorders and any accompanying pain or discomfort arising from accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and the everyday wear and tear that happens to us all as we grow older and particularly to those who have had a long sporting life.