Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and their effects on general health. It is a drug free, hands on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment by a Doctor of Chiropractic. In addition to broad diagnostic skills, Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle assistance.
Spinal manipulation or Chiropractic adjustment is the most common therapeutic procedure performed by Chiropractors to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of tissue injury. Tissue injury, whether from a single event or repetitive stresses, cause the tissue to undergo chemical and physical changes that can cause inflammation, pain and diminished mobility and function. Restored mobility, through adjustment, can alleviate pain and muscle tightness assisting in tissue repair.
Chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment, or be used to complement and support traditional medical treatment, depending on the nature and cause of the condition. Doctors of Chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostics to determine when, how and where chiropractic treatment is appropriate.
Additionally, routine Chiropractic treatment can assist in prevention and maintenance of overall health. Our bodies deal with stress on a daily basis and Chiropractic care can support the body's own natural ability to heal.