What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a specialty within the healthcare profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system, and their effects on general health and wellness. Chiropractors, unlike many medical practitioners, are known for using manual therapies as treatments to their patients. Some of the most common complaints chiropractors address, but not limited to, are neck pain, back pain, joint pain in the arms or legs, and headaches.


What does a Chiropractor Treat?

Chiropractors treat a wide range of conditions. Although chiropractors focus on the musculoskeletal and nervous system, don’t underestimate certain signs and symptoms that you may be hesitant at seeking help for. Chiropractors are educated in the same information as medical doctors; receiving training in whole body examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Chiropractors differ in the way we approach treatment options; focusing on manual techniques, exercise, and nutrition.¬†Doctors of Chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic techniques to determine the best approach for optimal care.


What is an Adjustment?

An adjustment, or spinal manipulation, is a therapeutic procedure conducted by chiropractors that aims at restoring joint mobility by applying a controlled and accurate force into a restricted joint. Most joint restrictions are caused by tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a wide range of events such as lifting an object, sitting for long periods of time, repetitive stress being placed on a part of the body, etc. These tissue injuries furthermore lead physical and chemical changes in the body that produce inflammation, pain, and altered function. When joint motion is restored, tissue healing is promoted.