What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a form of holistic health care that focuses attention on disorders and ailments of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. They also delve into the effects of these disorders on the human body’s health. Chiropractic care is well known for treating neuro-musculoskeletal ailments such as back pain, neck pain, joint pain in the arms and legs, as well as headaches caused by nerve malfunction.
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs), or often referred to as Chiropractors and Chiropractic physicians, practice holistic medicine. Holistic medicine is the practice of healing with a hands on and (most importantly) a drug free approach. When you visit a chiropractor, you should expect an examination, diagnosis, as well as a list of treatment options. One incredible thing that Doctors of Chiropractic are known for are their broad diagnostic skills, and knowledge and education of therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise and nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling.
One of most well-known therapeutic procedures performed by a chiropractor is a spinal manipulation or “chiropractic adjustment”. The main purpose of this procedure is to reestablish joint function. A DC performs a chiropractic adjustment by manually applying a controlled amount of force into the joints that are recognized as being restricted in movement, normally caused by a tissue injury. Common tissue injuries are known to be caused by (but not limited to):
- Lifting a heavy object improperly
- Repetitive stress
- Poor posture
Chiropractors will do the spinal manipulation in order to restore mobility and alleviate pain and muscle tightness, which allows the injury to heal properly. Improperly healed injuries can result in diminished function, chronic pain, and inflammation.
Chiropractic treatment is the number one preferred holistic approach to healing. If you are in pain, it’s safe to say you should call a chiropractor today!