As a health care practice, chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and how these disorders effect general health and well-being. It is used to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, neck pain, discomfort in the joints of the arms and legs, as well as headaches resulting from trauma, postural stress, congenital abnormalities, disc degeneration, and the toxic effects of infection. Simple daily living puts everyone at risk for one of many common chiropractic disorders.
Chiropractic treatment shares a complementary role with conventional medicine, and has come to be identified as both an integrative and alternative form of healthcare. Chiropractic’s unique philosophy of stressing the body’s innate intelligence for regulation of its inherent systems provides the basis for a focus on preventive care as a means to sustained health and improved quality of life.
How does chiropractic care work?
Chiropractic, meaning “done by hand”, is a therapeutic, drug-free practice that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment. The most common procedure performed by practitioners of chiropractic medicine is known as “spinal manipulation”, also termed “chiropractic adjustment”. It seeks to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury resulting in inflammation, pain, and diminished function to the sufferer. Damaged tissue that has undergone physical and chemical change is thereby encouraged to heal, alleviating pain and muscle tightness.
- Promotes of “Innate Intelligence” – the internal guiding force that works to sustain overall health
- Establishes homeostatic balance, ensuring that multiple bodily processes work together in concert
- Alleviates or eliminates pain along the spine, including the back, neck, joints of the arms and legs, and related headache pain
- Reduces nerve irritation
- Encourages relaxation
- Prevents future injury
- Improves immune function
- Reduces muscle spasm
- Improves circulation and movement
- Decreases levels of lactic acid
- Increases oxygenation and better nutrient delivery to cells
- Enhances flexibility
- Speeds recovery time from related or concurrent maladies
- Reduces dependency on medication
- Increases ease of exercise
- Relieves Insomnia
- Reduces and relieves stress, depression, and anxiety
- Helps boost inner energy levels
- Increases overall health and vitality
- Creates greater self-awareness
- Improves mental clarity