According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of medicines and surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
Chiropractors can complement the traditional medical care you receive. Rather than prescribing you a couple of pills, he will help you find an alternative approach to deal with your aches and pains. Some of them include:
- Soft-tissue therapy: To relax tight muscles, relieve spasm and release tension in the fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds each muscle)
- Adjustments: To gently realign joints and increase range of motion
- Exercises and stretches: To restore and maintain mobility and range of motion
Does it hurt?
“Treatments generally do not hurt. But soreness — similar to what you might feel after a workout — is a common side effect, however, your muscles adjust.
Who can do it?
Chiropractors treat problems in people of all ages including infants. The intensity and force of the treatments may vary depending on the patient. All patients are screened to ensure that they are good candidates for chiropractic care. For example, many older patients have some thinning or softening of the bones that would rule out joint manipulation. If chiropractic care is risky for a patient, we will guide you to the right people and resources.
Other benefits of Chiropractic care:
The goal of chiropractic care is to restore your health over the long term, rather than to relieve your symptoms over the short term. So a chiropractor will ask how you move throughout the day (standing, sitting, walking) and how you sleep at night.
Learning how to position your body at your desk, when you’re standing and moving, and when you’re in bed — and incorporating stretches into your daily routine — can be invaluable in preventing future problems.