In Depth Chiropractic
Chiropractic treatment is an alternative form of medicine concerned with diagnosis and treatment of symptoms affected by the nervous and skeletal systems. Chiropractic care is also practiced as a form of prevention for the same symptoms.
Generally, chiropractic therapy focuses on manual manipulation of the spine, and sometimes other parts of the body. Patients most commonly seek care for lower back pain, but also receive treatment for neck pain, headaches, and many other symptoms.
Doctors have been using chiropractic therapy with patients for more than 100 years. The World Health Organization states that chiropractic is safe when employed by properly trained and skilled physicians. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to treat back, neck, muscle, and joint pain.
Chiropractors base their treatment on a specific and important concept: the relationship between the spine, nervous system, skeleton, and muscles is vital to restoring and preserving comfort and health. Doctors practicing chiropractics examine the functions of the spine and how it relates to and affects other parts of the body.
When vertebrae are misaligned (termed a subluxation by chiropractic doctors), the nerves near the vertebrae can be negatively affected. Pinched or overly tightened nerves can cause pain or even disfunction in corresponding parts of the body. By realigning the vertebrae in the spine, chiropractors can help relieve pain and restore functionality to patients’ bodies.
The most common exercise in chiropractic therapy involves spinal manipulation. Chiropractors use a variety of methods to stretch and increase the range of motion between joints and bones in the body. The more experience a doctor has, the more consistently and precisely these maneuvers can be used to treat patients.