Chiropractic is an alternative form of health care (the second most popular form of health care next to medical care) which focuses mainly on the prevention of disease and dis-ease through the maintenance of proper spinal hygiene. Chiropractic care can be compared to dentistry in that chiropractic can treat both acute (short term) and chronic (long term) conditions.
You may see a chiropractor for “maintenance” of your joints to prevent disease and degeneration just as you would see a dentist for a cleaning and checkup to maintain proper health and prevent tooth decay.
You may also see a chiropractor if you are having neck or back pain (along with other various issues) just as you may see a dentist for a tooth ache!
What is a NEUROMUSCULAR-SKELETAL Specialist?
A neuromusculoskeletal (or neuromuscular-skeletal) specialist is a doctor who treats conditions with associated signs and symptoms related to the nervous, muscular and/or skeletal systems. Neuromuscular-skeletal disorders are conditions typically categorized as structural, degenerative or inflammatory disorders, or biomechanical dysfunction of the joints of the body and/or related components of the motor unit (muscles, tendons, fascia, nerves, ligament/capsules, discs and synovial structures) and related neurological manifestations or conditions. Chiropractors are also called neuromusculoskeletal specialists.
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What is an Adjustment? The chiropractic adjustment, or “spinal manipulation” is a treatment method in which a trained doctor of chiropractic assists in creating a specific motion in a joint (specifically the vertebral joints of the spinal column). The goal of this manipulation is to correct or restore proper movement of the joint. These joint restrictions are discovered during the physical examination by means of palpation, postural analysis, gait analysis, X-ray, and or presenting symptoms. Adjustments or “manipulations” are predominately done manually or with the assistance of a small device. Are Adjustments Painful? Generally speaking an adjustment is not painful. Most often adjustments RELIEVE pain by restoring normal motion to a joint with abnormal motion, thus stopping the pain signal to the brain and releasing endorphins and enkephalins which further relieve pain. In some cases adjustments cause minor discomfort. This may be due to chronic hypomobility (decreased motion) in which a part of your body which hasn’t moved in a while begins to move normally again. This discomfort is diminished with an ice pack and tends to alleviate after a nights rest.How Would I Know If This Type of Care Is Right For Me? This is a very common question among individuals who are looking to establish or maintain a higher degree of health. Just like it is recommended to maintain proper oral hygiene for health it is recommended to maintain proper spinal hygiene for not only a healthy and pain free spine, but everything associated with it! Remember that your brain communicates to the rest of your body through your spinal cord, which is housed within the spinal column, or spine. If an area of your spine is not moving properly it can cause pain in that area OR an area somewhere else (like the arm, hand, leg, foot, etc.). Can My Child and Grandmother Be Treated?
People of ALL ages and walks of life can be treated. From children, to teens, to adults of all ages, everyone can benefit from this type of care!
Here is a diagram of the nerves of the spinal cord which exit the spinal column at specific levels to innervate (control) specific organs and structures. For example, this diagram can be used to explain why a “slipped disc” in the neck can cause symptoms in your arm or hand. Another common example is the “cervicogenic” headache, which means a headache originating from the structures of the neck. The first spinal nerve (1C on the diagram) runs up the back of the head. If you are suffering from a hypomobility (decreased movement) of the first vertebra you can feel this as a headache.
This is how a subluxation or abnormal spinal movement, can cause more than pain and effect your organs.