If areas of the spine become stiff or start to move improperly the function of the nearby muscles and nerves are impaired. When nerves and muscles are impaired, they let you know using pain, compensations and altered range of motion.
Chiropractic adjustments and therapy are a great way to to get the stiff areas moving again, restore normal motion and muscle tone, and actually fix the underlying problem.
Chiropractors utilize treatments, including joint manipulation, physical therapy modalities, patient education, manual therapy, nutrition, and rehabilitation exercises, to address each patient's unique situation.
As chronic pain continues to rise within the US healthcare system, chiropractors utilize proven methods to reduce pain and disability without the need for medications and surgery in most cases.
Shots, muscle relaxants, and pain drugs may only cure the symptoms of the issue, but chiropractic care can help by addressing the root of the problem. There is a lesser probability of getting such symptoms later on when pain is treated at the cause.
If you only pay attention to the symptoms, it's like removing the battery from a smoke alarm because you don't like the sound, but the fire is still burning. Chiropractic care has much better solutions than that.
Chiropractors are specially trained in spinal manipulative therapy as well as in exercise/rehab. That way, movement dysfunction is attended to but so is strengthening, stretching, and shoring up the support structures of the frame.
- A thorough case history
- Observation of the way you sit and walk
- Assessment of your spinal alignment
- Orthopedic and neurological testing
- Measurement of any visible deviation from ideal posture
- Tests of flexibility and mobility/ranges of motion
- Tests of muscle strength and length
A chiropractor can help with aches, pains, creaks, and sprains. If you have an issue with your musculoskeletal system, a chiropractor can provide you with non-drug therapy options.
Treatment that a chiropractor may offer includes:
- Adjustments: To reduce discomfort and increase range of motion by gently realigning joints.
- Soft-tissue therapy: To reduce muscle spasms and tension in the connective tissue that surrounds each muscle (fascia).
- Exercises and stretches: To restore and maintain joint stability and mobility.
- Joint bracing/taping (Kinesio taping): To support sprained joints or muscles as they heal.
- Referrals to integrative medicine experts: For diet and nutrition advice on how to minimise inflammation and/or promote healthy eating in order to lose weight.
I had chronic pain after being hit by a car and she immediately identified where the pain was coming from and knew how to relieve it. I have seen chiropractors in the past, but her approach to health and wellness is like none other. If I could give ten stars I would!!"
- Helen D.
They will ask questions, perform a physical exam, and possibly order imaging to understand your condition entirely. Your pain is multi-dimensional, affecting many areas of your life—and so should your treatment plan. A chiropractor can carefully craft a care plan to attack all of the postures, activities, hobbies, and stresses that may be resulting in your chronic pain.
When your nervous system is functioning well patients often see additional benefits in the form of:
- Improved Posture
- Less pain
- Increased energy
- Less brain fog
- Better breathing
- Lower need to medication
- Easier movement
- Improved athletic performance
- Less illness
- Less symptoms from allergies
- Improved digestion
In addition to preventative and wellness care, chiropractic care has been shown to help treat:
- Lower back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Leg pain
- And other health issues