Chiropractors deal with health conditions involving predominantly the musculoskeletal system, most often those involving the spine. Our spines are an incredibly dynamic and important part of out body, providing the ability to move, supporting our body throughout the day, and protecting our nervous system. The joints of our body are designed to move and function in a very specific way, and this includes the vertebrae of our spine. Joints that have developed movement restrictions are often termed as “misalignments” or “subluxations.” When normal joint movement is disrupted, irritation of the joint, muscles, and nerves can occur, leading to pain and decreased overall function.
The main treatment that chiropractors utilize for treating and correcting joint restrictions and misalignments is referred to as an adjustment. An adjustment is a quick and specific force that is delivered into the joint, aimed at restoring proper motion and function. There are a variety of adjusting techniques that a chiropractor can use to treat a patient. In our office, we utilize both traditional, or manual, chiropractic care, instrument adjusting (activator), and drop table adjusting. We believe this to be very important, as there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach in terms of treating a patient. Often, patients respond better to different technique, and we aim to modify treatment according to this.
Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic care is a very effective and conservative treatment option for the relief of many causes of low back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, and many other musculoskeletal conditions. However, chiropractic care is focused on more than just relieving pain and symptoms. Ultimately, our goal is to restore the body to a natural state of optimal health, allowing individuals to unction, perform, and feel better.