What Is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a gentle manipulation of spinal and/or other body extremities to align and balance misalignments. Chiropractic is a proven, medically accepted therapy for the treatment of back and neck pain and an effective strategy for expediting one’s own recovery period after an injury. Chiropractic care can also increase flexibility, enhance nervous and immune system functions.
The central nervous system (CNS) is the main electrical system of the body. It is composed of the brain and spinal cord which are housed and protected by the skull and spinal column, respectively. The CNS controls the function of all the organs and tissues via electrical energy. It keeps all the body parts in communication for smooth, coordinated function. The skull and spinal column can impinge upon the brain and spinal cord causing a change in their function and ability to control the organs and tissues they go to. Therefore, depending upon the person’s case, chiropractic adjustments that relieve those impingements may be used.
Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion and other conditions often create displacements or derangements of the spine with a resulting irritation and inflammation of spinal nerve roots. Chiropractic care does not use drugs or chemicals to mask the symptoms of body dysfunctions. Instead, we locate the source and adjust the musculoskeletal area causing the disorder. The concept is based on the understanding that long term health and recovery benefits are not achieved by masking the symptoms, but treating the underlying cause. Chiropractic care places emphasis on common sense nutritional and exercise programs as well, to promote physical and good mental health. Each case is evaluated individually both for the effectiveness of the technique and the patient’s tolerance or preference for the technique. Some of the techniques we use may include classic techniques as well as; but not limited to:
Drop Technique: An effective chiropractic method for spinal adjustment, this technique requires an adjusting table with a segmented drop system that can ‘drop’ or quickly lower the section of the body where the adjustment is to occur, carrying the affected joint safely through the remainder of its range of motion.
Activators’ Technique: A comprehensive, integrated series of chiropractic procedures employing an adjusting instrument—a gentle technique found to be effective in identifying and correcting subluxations in the spine or other areas where there may be joint dysfunctions or interference with the nervous system’s control and coordination of the body. The Activator’s Technique can be especially valuable in the treatment of infants, elderly and animals. It is helpful for treating extremities in all ages.
Applied Kinesiology: A diagnostic tool using various types of muscle testing to access body intelligence, ‘diagnostic kinesiology’ can provide valued feedback on body functions and assist the practitioner in determining the efficacy of a particular therapy.