Chiropractors, also known as doctors of chiropractic or chiropractic physicians, diagnose and treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system and treat the effects of those problems on the nervous system and on general health. Many chiropractic treatments deal specifically with the spine and the manipulation of the spine. Chiropractic is based on the principle that spinal joint misalignments interfere with the nervous system and can result in lower resistance to disease and many different conditions of diminished health.
Here at Dean's Chiropractic Center, our chiropractic approach to healthcare focuses on the patient's overall health. Chiropractors provide natural, drugless, nonsurgical health treatments, relying on the body's inherent recuperative abilities. They also recognize that many factors affect health, including exercise, diet, rest, environment, and heredity. Chiropractors recommend changes in lifestyle that affect those factors. In some situations, chiropractors refer patients to or consult with other health practitioners.
Like other health practitioners, chiropractors follow a standard routine to get information needed to diagnose and treat patients. They take the patient's health history; conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations; and may order laboratory tests. X rays and other diagnostic images are important tools because of the chiropractor's emphasis on the spine and its proper function. Chiropractors also analyze the patient's posture and spine using a specialized technique. For patients whose health problems can be traced to the musculoskeletal system, chiropractors manually adjust the spinal column. Chiropractors often counsel patients about health concepts such as nutrition, exercise, changes in lifestyle, and stress management, but chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery.
5 benefits of chiropractic care and adjustment
While many different treatment options may provide some relief, chiropractic adjustments and treatments are the go-to option for millions of people around the world. Why? Because adjustments are not only non-invasive and cost effective, they work. Here are five reasons why.
1) Speeds pain relief
Chiropractors can usually quickly identify the mechanical issues that are causing your spine-related pain and provide some near-immediate relief with a series of adjustments. Patients often walk out of appointments feeling noticeably better and report that their symptoms go away faster than when they use other treatments.
2) Restores motion in your joints
Part of the reason chiropractic adjustments can be so effective is because they help restore movement to areas that have “locked up” and may be impinging nerves. When your chiropractor makes an adjustment, it can help coax the muscles surrounding stiff joints to relax, which is important to restoring normal mobility.
3) Helps your body function to its fullest potential
Chiropractic adjustments treat more than just localized pain. By helping restore normal function and movement to entire parts of your body, adjustments can have an impact on your overall ability to move efficiently and with full strength.
4) May help with overall well-being and stress reduction
When you’re in pain and can’t go about your regular or favorite activities, it can be hard on your body and mind. For example, stress about not being able to do your job could lead to increased blood pressure. Discomfort could lead to trouble sleeping. Not to mention, you may not be able to do your regular exercise routine. Adjustments can help you maintain better overall health by helping speed your recovery.
5) Works for new or old trauma
It doesn’t matter if you have a recent back or neck injury or have been dealing with chronic pain, chiropractic adjustments can provide quick, noticeable relief. They can even help reduce pain and restore mobility in your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and feet. So if you tweaked your shoulder, sprained your ankle, are dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome in a wrist, or other issues in your extremities, consider chiropractic for a non-invasive way to reduce pain and get back to full strength faster.