What is Chiropractic?
The term “Chiropractic” stems from Ancient Greek and means “to do by hand.”
Chiropractors are health care practitioners that specialize in the manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints in the human body. The purpose of an adjustment is to aid in the relief of pain as well as to help restore normal function to the spine, joints and supporting structures of the body. Chiropractors also offer rehabilitation in the form of exercise as well as injury prevention strategies. Ultimately, all of this is geared to allow you to enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a specific high speed, low force technique that is applied, by hand, to a joint in the body. The intended result of an adjustment is to help restore proper movement and thereby optimize the function of those joints. As part of evidence-based health care, there has been research conducted regarding chiropractic adjustments. Complications are rare and side effects; such as temporary discomfort are minor in nature. Consult your Chiropractor to determine if you may benefit from an adjustment and chiropractic care or if you require a referral to another health care provider.
When should I see a chiropractor?
There are a number of reasons as to why you should see a chiropractor: work, accidents, sports injuries, household activities or the stress from daily living, can create spinal and joint pain. Pain can interrupt and prevent you from fully functioning or enjoying life. Consulting a health care provider, such as a chiropractor can be the first step in avoiding that pain and help return you to doing what you love. Chiropractors are educated and trained to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent conditions or disorders of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous system. Some examples of these disorder may include back pain, neck pain, headaches, referring pain in your arms and legs, and more. There are a number of reasons as to why you should see a chiropractor: work, accidents, sports injuries, household activities or the stress from daily living, can create spinal and joint pain.
Some benefits to chiropractic care:
- Improve movement and function in your neck, shoulders, back, torso and extremities
- Improve posture
- Can provide pain relief from headache, neck and back pain
- Help prevent daily, sport and work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Aid in enhanced athletic performance
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?
Extensive research has been conducted in this regard and Chiropractic is recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, neck and back pain. However, no health care treatment is completely free of adverse effects. The majority of patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment, however some may experience temporary pain, swelling or stiffness. Temporary dizziness, local numbness and radiation pain may also occur. However adverse effects associated with adjustments are most often minor and temporary. We encourage you to consult with your Chiropractor in order to assist you in making your health care choices, including balancing the relative risk and benefits of any treatment option.