As the nation's leading alternative health care system,chiropractic utilizes a drug-free,surgery-free approach to the treatment and management of patient cases. By incorporating manual adjusting with soft tissue modalities and nutrition counseling,chiropractic can be extremely effective at relieving musculoskeletal pain and helping the body reach optimal functional capacity.
The premise of chiropractic is based on the functionality of the spinal column and nervous system. The spinal column is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae. Each of these vertebrae are separated by a vertebral disc and two facet joints. As these vertebrae articulate with one another,they can often become dysfuncitonal. These areas of restricted mobility or misalignment are referred to as subluxations.
A subluxation can have multiple effects on the body,but it most commonly results in nerve irritation at the facet joint. This nerve irritation can lead to local or radiating pain. Additionally,there are can be functional,muscular,neurological,biochemical,and sometimes systemic effects that can be caused by this nerve interference.
Chiropractic focuses on the removal of these interferences to reduce pain and restore proper biomechanics and function. The primary method by which these subluxations are corrected is through a manual manipulative therapy called a chiropractic adjustment. These adjustments,performed by your doctor,utilize a directed force along a specific line of drive. The result is the correction of the subluxation and the removal of the associated nerve irritation.