What is chiropractic care?
There’s nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It’s a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: With a normally functioning spine and a healthy lifestyle, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because the spinal cord, which is protected by the spine, is the main pathway of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and function throughout your body.
Skilled, dedicated care and support.
Your chiropractor’s education includes a minimum of six years of training in the sciences and health care, leading to a doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree. He or she is well qualified to evaluate your condition and provide you with dedicated care. In a nationwide Gallup study, nine of ten chiropractic patients felt their treatment was effective. Your chiropractor works to restore your health and guides you in a personalized approach to overall wellness – through spinal care, exercise, good nutrition, and stress management.
Why does the spine matter?
Your spine is designed to support your weight and protect your spinal cord, the vital link from your brain to the rest of your body. Since you spinal nerves affect all parts of your body, problems in your spine can cause other problems as well.
Bones in your spine can become misaligned, irritating your nerves or causing muscles to stretch unevenly. Joints where vertebrae connect can lock up, causing back and neck pain.
Cushioning discs between vertebrae can bulge or rupture. This may put pressure on nerves or the spinal cord, leading to pain or numbness in your beck, back, arms, or legs.
Message-carrying nerves can become irritated, pinched, or stretched. This can cause pain, numbness, or tingling in your back or in other parts of your body.
· Muscles and Ligaments
Supportive muscles and the vertebrae’s connecting ligaments can become stretched, torn, or out of balance. Then vertebrae lose needed support and movement becomes restricted.
Can chiropractic care help me?
Your doctor of chiropractic looks at your overall health – focusing not only on your spine, but also on your lifestyle. This integrated approach helps determine the most effective care for you. How this works if by your chiropractor following these simple steps in beginning your care.
· Getting your medical history.
To help identify the cause of any problems you may have, you and your chiropractor will discuss your symptoms, your family’s health history, and your lifestyle, including recreational and work-related physical activities.
· Performing a physical Exam.
Physical, orthopedic, and neurological tests can help reveal the condition of your spine. Static and motion palpation tests check for tenderness, pain, swelling, and restricted range of motion.
· Taking X-Rays.
As “blueprints” of your spine, x-rays can reveal misaligned vertebrae, fractures, arthritis, diseases in your spine, or other problems. Additional tests will be done, if necessary.
· Diagnosing the results.
Based on the examination and findings, your chiropractor may recommend an individualized treatment program to realign your spine and improve your health. If needed, your chiropractor will consult with other medical specialists about your condition.