What is Chiropractic Care ?

Chiropractic care is an area of medicine that focuses on disorders of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system and how these problems affect general health. Chiropractic care is often used to treat a wide variety of neuromusculoskeletal issues, including headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain. This natural form of medicine can treat neuromuscular disorders without surgery or medication.

Chiropractic care focuses on the use of spinal adjustments to correct misalignments of the spine and restore function to the nervous system. This form of care may be preventative to ensure proper joint function or it may be used to treat misalignments and pain.

Spinal Alignment and Health

The spinal column, which is comprised of 24 independent vertebrae, allows the body to bend, twist, and move. It also protects the central nervous system that controls organs, tissues, and muscles. When vertebrae do not function correctly together, it’s referred to as a subluxation or misalignment. These subluxations can cause decreased mobility, pain, and other symptoms. It may take months or even years before pain and other symptoms of a spinal misalignment to develop. Routine chiropractic care promotes ongoing wellness and proper function of the joints and spine to prevent these misalignments, or care may be provided to restore function and relieve pain.

The spinal column, which is comprised of 24 independent vertebrae, allows the body to bend, twist, and move. It also protects the central nervous system that controls organs, tissues, and muscles. When vertebrae do not function correctly together, it’s referred to as a subluxation or misalignment. These subluxations can cause decreased mobility, pain, and other symptoms. It may take months or even years before pain and other symptoms of a spinal misalignment to develop. Routine chiropractic care promotes ongoing wellness and proper function of the joints and spine to prevent these misalignments, or care may be provided to restore function and relieve pain. Conditions Treated with Chiropractic Care
A chiropractor may use a variety of non-surgical treatments like massage, cervical and spinal decompression, the active release technique, and lumbar flexion distraction to treat patients with forms of:

  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sports injuries
  • Injuries from a car accident

Because spinal misalignment can relieve pressure on the spinal cord and improve nervous system function, chiropractic care can be useful to treat a variety of conditions not related to the back and neck. This may include chronic headaches, asthma, diabetes, and allergies.

Types of Chiropractic Care

The type of care you receive will depend on your goals and your health. Someone who has suffered injuries from a traumatic car accident will have different care needs than someone with chronic back pain from their job.

The three primary types of chiropractic care include:

Relief Care
This type of chiropractic care is designed to immediately relieve your pain and discomfort. Many people seek out a chiropractor because they need relief from their pain. Chiropractic treatment reduces pressure on the spine to significantly reduce stiffness, chronic pain, and discomfort in the back, neck, and connecting tissues. This can also help you recover from an injury. While chiropractic care is not a cure for conditions like back pain, it does address the misalignment in the nervous system and spine that may be causing the problems as a natural form of pain relief by removing interference with the nervous system.

Corrective Care
This form of care is designed to solve your condition through treatments over time. Corrective care is common among people with chronic back problems. Chronic health issues can lead to significant damage to the spine over time and it’s important for the condition to be corrected through therapeutic chiropractic treatment before the problem becomes worse. People who have sought treatment for pain relief often move into corrective chiropractic care.

Preventative Care
Wellness care is designed to keep you in optimum health and prevent further injuries by correcting and preventing spinal misalignments. Many people who visit a chiropractor for preventative care have already experienced the relief of chiropractic treatments and want to avoid discomfort and back issues in the future.

Therapeutic Benefits of Chiropractic

Chiropractic adjustments have many proven therapeutic benefits in the treatment of a variety of health issues:

Sciatica. A study published in European Spine Journal found chiropractic adjustments offered a 72% improvement in sciatica symptoms compared to just 20% success using physical therapy and 50% from corticosteroid injections.

Tension and migraine headaches. Chiropractic care has been found to significantly improve headaches with the number of attacks dropping by 90% and pain intensity declining by 49%.

Neck and lower back pain. A study published in the British Medicine Journal found chiropractic adjustment helped patients with neck and/or lower back pain recover faster than with general practitioner care (prescription drugs, counseling, and education) and physical therapy. A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found people with chronic lower back pain who were treated with chiropractic care had better improvement and satisfaction after one month than people treated by a general care physician. Finally, a study funded by the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine compared the effectiveness of spinal manipulation by a chiropractor to pain medication and exercise recommendations. The study found that, after 12 weeks, 57% of people treated by a chiropractor reported at least a 75% improvement in their pain compared with 33% of people treated with medication.

Surgery prevention. One of the most important benefits of chiropractic care is it can reduce or avoid the need for surgery, especially back surgery. The Journal of the American Medical Association recently issued new guidelines for lower back pain by advising people try chiropractic care before resorting to back surgery.

Athletic performance. Many professional athletes receive regular chiropractic care and more than half of NFL teams have an on-staff chiropractor. Chiropractic care has been found to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, enhance pulmonary function, reduce stress, relieve muscle tension, and naturally improve energy levels.

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