Chiropractic Care – How Does It Work?
The goal of any chiropractic doctor is to provide natural, non-invasive chiropractic care that relies on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. While that sounds great, how does it work?
The Big Picture
Like any other healthcare provider, chiropractic care always begins by learning about you. We want to learn about your medical history, any past treatments and medications and of course what hurts. Information may also be gathered on your lifestyle choices such as do you smoke? Do you eat well? Do you exercise? How do you deal with stress? Physical examinations are performed and sometimes x-rays are requested. Where chiropractors differ from others is in the analysis of the patient where particular attention is paid to the spine.
Getting To The Source
Imagine that you have been suffering from a migraine headache. You learn that your headache is being caused by misaligned vertebra and an irritated nerve. What course of action do you take? Continue taking pain killers for the rest of your life or do you realign the vertebra to prevent the pain? At Corrective Chiropractic our aim is to seek out the origin of the illness or pain in order to completely eradicate it. We do not simply treat the symptoms.
Using the information that we have gathered thru interview, exams and tests we make a diagnosis that includes the probable cause of your pain. Many ailments that people suffer from are caused by misalignments. In the chiropractic world these are called subluxations or joint fixations. For example, a misalignment of the bones that protect the spinal cord is called a vertebral subluxation. Joint fixations can occur outside the spine in areas such as the shoulders, hips, knees, feet, and ankles. These “kinks” in the body’s nervous system impede the normal function of the body. The severity of these misalignments can vary and can be caused by many different types of incidents such as an auto accident to repetitious movement and over use such as athletic activity or sitting at a desk for a prolonged period of time. There are also a number of factors that can contribute to a tendency to develop fixations.
Correction Via Chiropractic Care
When subluxations or joint fixations occur a chiropractor can correct or adjust the joint to restore proper function and motion, this is what has come to be known as an adjustment. By adjusting the joint back to its proper alignment the body can begin to heal the affected area. Because some joints may have been misaligned for years several adjustments over the course of time may be required to permanently correct the problem and become completely pain free. Additionally massage, physiotherapy, stretching & strengthening exercises may be necessary in order to aid the body’s natural healing processes. Once the problem has been corrected attention is turned to preventing its re-occurrence This may involve patient education, workshops, and nutritional guidance. At Corrective Chiropractic keeping the problem fixed, and you out of pain, is just as important as the initial remedy!