Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system, and holds that these structures and especially the spine, impact the overall functioning of the body. Chiropractic treatment is aimed at correcting misalignments in the body to relieve pain and improve function.
While the main focus is spinal manipulation, treatment has expanded to include postural and rehabilitation or exercises, gait and balance training, nutritional consultation, and ultrasound and laser therapies. Chiropractors use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled sudden force to the affected joint. This can correct joint misalignments caused by tissue injury and reduce nerve irritability, and pain, thereby improving overall body function. In most cases, joints such as ankles, knees, hips, shoulders and elbows respond well to this type of manual manipulation.
Undergoing Chiropractic Treatment – Benefits
Sports-related injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, accidents, falls and other work-related injuries can result in painful tissue injuries. Chiropractic care can provide the solution by strengthening the body, improving blood circulation, promoting natural healing, reducing muscle spasm and inflammation and enhancing joint flexibility.
Common conditions that can be treated are
- Neck, shoulder and arm aches, tingling or numbness
- Low back pain
- Leg and hip aches
- Knee and ankle pain or injury
- Joint pain, stiffness and swelling
- Whiplash injury
In most cases, a spinal manipulation session takes around 10-20 minutes and treatments are varied according to condition.
The patient is positioned on a specially designed, padded chiropractic table. The chiropractor applies a controlled, thrust on a joint between two vertebrae of the spine. The body is positioned in a way that the force exerted is focused on one joint, while parts of the spine above and below it are held very still. This pressure moves the joint beyond its normal range of motion. This results in the sudden breaking of a vacuum or the release of a bubble into the synovial fluid that lubricates the spine and other joints.
Leading multi-specialty healthcare centers offer the services of licensed and experienced chiropractors who work with primary care physicians, pain management experts, and other healthcare specialists to provide optimal care. The appropriate treatment is determined after evaluation through clinical examination, laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging and other interventions.