What is Chiropractic Medicine?
Chiropractic is a primary health care profession that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscle, bones) and the effects of these disorders on general health.
What is it Good For?
Chiropractic 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.
Are Chiropractors Really Doctors?
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. They have over 6000 hours of training over the course of 3-4 years of post-graduate medical education.
How Does it Work?
The most common procedure performed by chiropractors is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by applying a rapid, controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of tissue injury. This can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive/sustained stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that cause inflammation, pain, and limited mobility. Manipulation of the affected joint and surrounding tissues restores motion, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.