What is Chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. It also focuses on the effects these disorders have on general health. Chiropractic services are 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.
How does Chiropractic care work?
Chiropractic care is a series of small spinal manipulations (or adjustments) meant to restore ease of motion. The manipulations are made by applying a controlled force into joints that have been restricted in their movement. These restrictions are often due to tissue injury. Tissues are injured by either a single traumatic event (such as improperly lifting a heavy object) or through repetitive stresses (such as sitting in an awkward position for an extended period of time). In either case, injured tissues change both physically and chemically. Those changes lead to inflammation (swelling), pain, and a diminished movement. By manipulating the affected joint and tissues, muscle tightness can be relieved. This leads to restored mobility and alleviated pain, and it allows tissues to heal.
Will an adjustment hurt?
No. Adjustments are gentle manipulations to improve the motion of your joints. These adjustments limit the small dysfunctions that, over time, will lead to pain and disease. Following an adjustment, most people describe feeling “lighter,” having greater ease in moving the body, and the ability to stand straight.
How often will I need treatment?
Our goal is to help you return to your prior state of health and then maintain that state. Depending on your injury or condition, it might take a while for your spine to properly realign and heal. Generally, four to eight visits deliver significant relief from symptoms. Remember, pain is the LAST symptom of injury. Restoring wellness often requires multiple, combined approaches involving adjustment and rehabilitation therapy.