Chiropractic is a natural way of healing the body that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is 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.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as Chiropractors or Chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The procedure performed by Doctors of Chiropractic is known as a “chiropractic adjustment,” also called “spinal manipulation.” Chiropractors perform adjustments to remove subluxations – or a misalignment of a vertebra – in order to restore proper function of the body. Vertebrae become misaligned or “subluxated” from strenuous activity, sudden, unexpected events (like car accidents or falls), chemical changes and the repetitive motions of everyday life. These adjustments remove the pressure from the nerves allowing the body to function to its maximum potential. By functioning properly the body is then able to use its innate ability to heal itself naturally. The results of effective Chiropractic treatment are astounding.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
Look in the mirror. How is your posture? Look at your family and friends. How is their posture? Your posture can affect more than just the way you look, it can be the underlying cause of many of your problems. If you notice that you, a friend or a family member is slouching or perhaps standing crooked, Come in to Primal Chiropractic for a postural evaluation and Chiropractic exam to see how we can help correct that problem and how you’ll feel better from head to toe as a result.