What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is 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.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is 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. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
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.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventionsto determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
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Mother brought her 6 year old daughter to the office in August 2010 because she has suffered from ear infections on and off for the past two years. She did not have an ear infection at the time of her first visit, but the child sounded nasal and said that her ears always felt clogged. Examination of the child revealed a subluxation complex existed in the child’s upper neck or cervical spine. Mother stated that when the child has an ear infection she brings her to the pediatrician who examines her and prescribes antibiotics. The infections can last a few weeks and sometimes the antibiotic is changed for another antibiotic because the first was not effective. The child took approximately 15 Chiropractic adjustments in 4 months about 1 per week. In Mid December she started again with ear pain. Mom took her to the pediatrician who looked in her ears and determined that she had another infection. Mom brought the child to my office on the way home from the pediatrician and I examined her and felt that the child needed an adjustment and it was performed. She went home took the antibiotics and she returned to the office on Monday. On Monday the mother stated that the child felt much better and that she had never recovered from an ear infection this quickly. Chiropractic enables the body to work better and together Chiropractic and Medicine greatly reduced the time of recovery.
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