Chiropractic treatment involves manipulation of the joints of the spine/skeleton, and possibly treatment of the surrounding soft tissues (muscles, tendons, fascia, and ligaments), as well. When appropriate, treatment may also include exercises, nutrition, and health and lifestyle counseling. Chiropractic is the third largest of the doctored health professions, behind only medicine and dentistry.

How do chiropractors treat physical ailments?

Chiropractic addresses itself to numerous health care factors (nutrition, exercise and rehabilitation, etc.), but places special emphasis on care of the spine and the nervous system. Chiropractors detect and correct the root cause of spine/joint dysfunction and interference within your body. Our therapy is designed to help return the dysfunctioning joint to normal function, as well as relieve the nerve irritation, pain, and muscle tension in the affected area, thereby allowing your body to properly self-regulate, adapt, and heal. Chiropractic care can even help to slow degenerative processes. By correcting an ISJD/subluxation, all of the forces in the spine can then be distributed evenly so there is balance and equilibrium in the vertebral column and musculature. The care and maintenance of the spine and nervous system is a very important part of any natural approach to healthcare.

The chiropractic treatment involves spinal/skeletal joint therapy, and sometimes also includes the adjacent soft tissue. The treatment involves a gentle re-alignment of the spinal column or joint, returning the joint to normal motion, while re-balancing the body and decreasing the irritation to the nervous system. Chiropractors use a wide variety of techniques to do this re-alignment. We commonly perform manual corrections with our hands, applied to the spinal/skeletal joints, which can sometimes result in a popping sound similar to the sound of cracking your knuckles. The sound is that of gas exchange, as air escapes the joint, and is a normal side-effect sound heard during this treatment. Other techniques and instruments (with less/more force, or have no popping noise) can also used by the chiropractor during treatments to do the re-alignment, depending on the needs of the patient and the complaint.

Essentially, chiropractors promote your body’s natural healing process by minimizing interference to the nervous system. By detecting and correcting spine/joint restrictions and nerve irritation, we facilitate the healing process but it is actually your own body that does the healing. We work externally, your body works internally, and by maintaining proper spinal/skeletal alignment, your nervous system can continue to function more efficiently, which improves your overall health and reduces the likelihood of future problems.