Chiropractic is a health care profession of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are 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.
Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body's natural ability to heal itself.
An analysis of the use of complementary health approaches for back pain, based on data from the 2002 NHIS, found that chiropractic was by far the most commonly used therapy.
Among survey respondents who had used any of these therapies for their back pain, 74 percent (approximately 4 million Americans) had used chiropractic. Among those who had used chiropractic for back pain, 66 percent perceived “great benefit” from their treatments.
What to expect during a session?
During the initial visit, chiropractors typically take a health history and perform a physical examination, with a special emphasis on the spine. If chiropractic treatment is considered appropriate, a treatment plan will be developed.
During follow up visits, practitioners may perform one or more of the many different types of adjustments and other manual therapies used in chiropractic care. Given mainly to the spine, a chiropractic adjustment involves using the hands or a device to apply a controlled, rapid force to a joint. The goal is to increase the range and quality of motion in the area being treated and to aid in restoring health.
Joint mobilization is another type of manual therapy that may be used.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. Compared to other common treatments for pain, such as over-the-counter and prescription pain medications, chiropractic's conservative approach offers a safe and effective option.
Benefits of a Chiropractic
Can help patients suffering from Low or High Blood Preassure
Can help with neck and back pain.
Helps Treat Scoliosis
Can help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Improvement in symptoms of Neurological Conditions
Has benefits for children including helping to improve infantile colic symptoms, acid reflux, & Ear infections.
Can improve athletic performance
Can help reduce vertigo episodes