Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system with a conservative, hands-on approach. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are able to evaluate, diagnose, treat or refer to other health care professions when necessary.
There are conditions of the musculoskeletal system in people of all ages. At some time in their life most people have pain while doing an activity. Commonly this is accompanied by a loss of function and a restriction in motion. People come to chiropractors for different reasons. Some come looking for relief of pain and injuries, others come looking for wellness.
Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of unverified mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. The methodology of chiropractic is non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors believe that such disorders affect general health via the nervous system. They believe that biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine can affect the nervous system. Usually, chiropractors maintain a unique focus on spinal manipulation and treatment of surrounding structures.
Chiropractic as an alternative treatment is generally applied to treat patients with certain types of:
- Lower back pain and/or leg pain (sciatica)
- Neck pain
- Repetitive strains
- Sports injuries
- Car accident injuries &
- Arthritic pain.
While primarily focusing on treating neuromusculoskeletal disorders, chiropractors are not exclusively limited to problems with the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. For many conditions, chiropractic treatment can restore the structural integrity of the spine, reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue, and consequently improve the health of the individual. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are able to evaluate, diagnose, treat or refer to other health care professions when necessary.
Doctors of Chiropractic use their hands to assess your spine and all other joints in your body looking for areas that are not moving properly. Once these areas are located the chiropractor applies an adjustment. An adjustment is the appropriate pressure applied with the doctor’s hands in a highly controlled method to restore proper joint motion. The adjustment usually does not hurt, however, if you have tenderness in the area or the joint is very restricted, you may experience a brief moment of discomfort or surprise. This is because the adjustment stretches tight muscles and can break up adhesions or scar tissue formed by the body to stabilize the injured joint. Although stabilizing a joint sounds like it is helpful, over the long term it forms adhesions that limit function. Breaking up these adhesions is a good thing and allows the joint to start functioning properly.
In addition to adjustments, techniques such as myofascial release allow chiropractors to relax trigger points/tight muscles and stretch areas of adhesion/scar tissue in the muscle. There are many techniques used to release the muscles from soft slow methods to fast-acting techniques. We choose the right muscle work based on your condition, goals and tolerance. One such method is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) aka. Graston. This technique treats the fascia, which is a connective layer over your muscles. With injury the fascia around the muscle contracts. IASTM smoothes out the fascia so it can function more effectively. It is a good adjunct to chiropractic care because it’s the extra help our muscles sometimes need in addition to receiving chiropractic adjustments. This technique helps rid patients of pain from a variety of conditions including chronic pain, tension headaches and athletic sprains and strains.
Pregnant women have unique needs and there are specific methods and techniques developing for them. One such technique is Webster. Webster Technique is defined as a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system and facilitates biomechanical balance in pelvic structures, muscles and ligaments. This allows mom and baby to grow comfortably with the least amount of restriction or distress.
We also use a variety of low force and gentle techniques to accommodate all patient preferences, such as:
Craniosacral therapy is a technique in which the practitioner manually applies a subtle movement of the spinal and cranial bones to bring the central nervous system into harmony. Craniosacral rhythm results from the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain and spine. Craniosacral therapy targets areas of restriction in the spine, skull, joints, sacrum and muscles. This therapy is said to be particularly useful for migraines, neck and back pain, anxiety, stress, TMJ syndrome, and for chronic nervous conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation
Part of the recovery is corrective therapeutic exercises, which include a series of stretches and specialized exercises geared towards the discomfort found in the spine and musculoskeletal system. We find a balance between flexibility and stability for each individual. Our goal is to get you to your optimal movement and motion and to restore your health back to its original state. Our biggest tool in our office is our hands. We use them to help bring restoration and alignment to your body. Not only do we restore, but we train the body to heal itself and to strengthen the body to reduce future risks of pain. Our background and knowledge play a huge role in your body’s recovery, but it’s our devotion to your person that will keep you healthy for your future.