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 services are 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.
A Chiropractic Physician or Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) is specially trained in examination, analysis, diagnosis, and treatment of the musculoskeletal system of the human body. With training similar to traditional medical school, Chiropractors are equipped to evaluate and assess many conditions, and recommend appropriate treatment, including referral to other health care providers as indicated.
The Chiropractic adjustment is the foundation of Chiropractic care and is commonly referred to as "adjustment", "manipulation", "alignment", etc. We offer various approaches to the adjustment to best suit the needs of each individual patient. The techniques we practice are shown below:
Diversified adjusting - this commonly involves hands-on adjusting of the spine or extremity joints. Oftentimes, a "popping" sounds is noted with this type of adjusting, although the sound is not directly related to the effectiveness of the adjustment.
Instrument-assisted adjusting - this approach utilizes an adjusting instrument called an Activator to deliver the adjustment. Use of this device often removes the need to rotate or move the joint during treatment. No popping or audible noises should be noted with this adjustment, however it remains an effective option.
Drop Table adjusting - this adjusting technique utilizes a specialized table to deliver a specific and comfortable adjustment. While the table is a bit noisy, the resulting adjustment is pain-free and effective.
Manual mobilization - the gentlest of the approaches, manual mobilization involves gentle movement of the affected joints with no quick movements or sounds. Most similar to gentle, controlled stretching, this option is great for patients of all ages.
At your initial visit to our office, the doctor will perform a physical examination and review your medical history to help determine which adjusting approach may be most effective for your individual condition. Before any treatment is provided, Dr. Adrienne will discuss treatment options to decide which approach will be most comfortable and effective.
Chiropractic care has been heavily studied and thousands of peer-reviewed research articles exist to show the safety and efficacy of Chiropractic Care through all ages and stages of life. If you are unsure if Chiropractic Care is a good option for you or your loved ones, please give us a call and we will be happy to discuss options and answer any questions you may have.
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In addition to manipulation and mobilization of the joints and soft tissues of the body, Chiropractic care may include some assistive therapies to help facilitate healing and decrease recovery time.
Other therapies may include ice, moist heat, combo therapy, roller mechanical traction, or a combination of these.