Chiropractic is a health care profession that mainly 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.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as a “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of the adjustment is to restore joint mobility by applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile, or restricted in their movement, as a result of an disproportional amount of physical, chemical, or mental stress. This can be caused by a single traumatic event or through repetitive stresses. In either case, effected tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.
-Utilizing a variety of techniques including manual and mechanical methods.
-No single approach works on everyone for everything.