Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. 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.
Chiropractic is known for adjusting the spine although this is not the only service provided by chiropractors. Vertebral joint dysfunction is one of the main causes of pain and disease in the human body. This is traditionally called a vertebral subluxation but is more accurately called vertebral joint dysfunction. Through carefully applied manipulations/adjustments to the vertebrae and joints, pressure and irritation to the nerves is relieved and joint mobility is restored. In other words, when the bones in your spine are allowed to move through their full range of motion, the joints communicate fully to the spinal cord and brain via nerves called mechanoreceptors. This helps with pain, inflammation, and improves overall quality of life.
In general, proper chiropractic adjustments of your body's spine and extremity’s involves very little risk and the relief from pain can be substantial.
Chiropractic manipulations can be especially helpful in relieving pain from facet joint injuries, osteoarthritis, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction, because such conditions respond well to mobilization. Many patients with chronic headaches, sinus problems, high blood pressure, ear infections, leg pain, arthritis, and many other illnesses have reported significant relief after chiropractic adjustments.
Increasingly over the past few decades, the medical community has come to recognize chiropractic care as a valid form of treatment for a variety of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, and as a conservative treatment option for patients with headaches, neck pain, and low back pain. Moreover, many medical doctors recognize a chiropractic diagnosis and accept it as the first line of treatment for functional disorders of the entire musculoskeletal system.