Chiropractic is a natural, holistic, hands-on approach to health
care that involves examination and evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
of musculoskeletal and nervous system problems. Because chiropractic
takes a holistic approach to health and wellness, Chiropractors
are trained in therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well
as nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling.
Chiropractors are most known for their “spinal manipulation” therapeutic
procedure. The purpose of this procedure is to restore joint
mobility by manually applying a controlled force into specific
joints that have become hypomobile, or restricted in their movement,
as an effect tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by repetitive
stresses such sitting at a desk for extended periods of time in
an awkward position with poor spinal posture, or even a single
traumatic event, such as lifting a heavy object improperly. Regardless
of the cause of the pain, the injured tissues undergo physical
and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished
function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment, of the
affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, and therefore alleviates
pain and muscle tightness, allowing the injured tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients
may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment
(just as you may experience after exercising) that usually resolves
within 12 to 48 hours.