Chiropractic is a health-care profession that focuses on treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders, without utilizing drugs or surgeries. Chiropractic adjustments are mostly used to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic, who are often referred to as chiropractors, practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to healthcare that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Not only do chiropractors possess a broad range of diagnostic skills, but are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling for you.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of such adjustment is to restore joint mobility by applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile (lost their ability to move) as a result of a tissue injury. What cases tissue problems? I may be as simple as improper lifting of a heavy object, or repetitive stresses such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. Injured tissues experience physical and chemical changes that may often cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, alleviates pain and muscle tightness, and allows tissues to heal.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will 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.
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