The Responsibility of the Chiropractic Doctor
Find a vertebra out of position pressing on a nerve and gently move it back into position to relieve pain.
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.
The conditions which doctors of chiropractic address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient’s condition and arrive at a course of treatment. Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying particular attention to the spine.
The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures. Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which influences every living tissue in your body. Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health.
While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery, Doctors of chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated. In fact, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists and other health care professionals now work as partners in occupational health, sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.
Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.
- Manipulative Therapy / Adjustment
- Diagnosis and hands-on treatment for mobilizing joints in order to restore normal function.
- Therapeutic Modalities
- Restoration of movement and function through ultrasound, electrotherapy, mechanical traction, cryotherapy and moist heat therapy.
Treatment used to address ligament, tendon and connective tissue components of pain.
A painless technique that creates negative pressure inside the involved disc, allowing it to absorb fluid and nutrients in order to facilitate healing and decrease inflammation.
Programs tailored to optimizing function, stability and performance.
The importance of posture is highly critical in so many different areas. Your posture sends a message to people, and displays your sense of confidence and self-awareness. Using simple techniques to fix your posture can give you startling improvements on both your appearance, and how your back feels. You will feel stronger, healthier and more vibrant with proper posture.
State of the art high frequency digital x-rays will be taken if deemed necessary on a case by case basis, in order to better serve our patients.
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