Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on restoring balance to the body systems. Frequently this includes disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is extremely effective 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 are often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians. Chiropractic can be practice in a narrow scope with interventions limited to adjusting and therapy. We choose to have a broad range practice which includes in-depth physical examinations, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, genetic, disease evaluation and metabolic / functional medicine and physical medicine interventional treatment.
One of the most common therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called a “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to balance the nervous system. Frequently this is performed to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypo mobile — or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inﬂammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustments rarely cause discomfort. 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.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate. We readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.