Chiropractic is the movement of joints that are misaligned or stuck in a fixed position, performed by a Chiropractor. This movement is called an adjustment. While the focus can usually be the spine, most joints in the body can be adjusted (see the extensive list at the bottom of the page).
Why do we adjust the joints of the spine? When joints are misaligned or fixed, a cascade of problems can occur.
The first issue is the feeling that something is "off" or "not moving well." This feeling is noticeable to the average chiropractic patient and is the best time for an adjustment. Inflammation is typically present at this time, but not enough so to cause pain. Pain may be evident with pressure. Without an adjustment, inflammation will continue to build, and low-grade pain becomes present. Not enough to stop or slow a person down; many call this an ache or soreness. Muscles that connect these misaligned joints get pulled on irregularly, and the feeling of tightness occurs around this joint.
Misaligned spinal segments may also develop enough inflammation around the nerves that exit the spine and create radiating pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness into the arms or legs, or head. With continuing inflammation building and irregular joint motion from a joint misalignment, a spinal disc may be pushed out of place or may burst, creating even more pain and joint and nerve pressure. Patients at this stage can still be adjusted, and discs may return to their regular position, but treatment plans will be more extended, and pain will be slower to recede.
Patients come to our office a various stages in this spinal misalignment cascade. We are happy to help anyone at any stage, but we recommend seeing us earlier rather than later!
Our doctors adjust with their hands (Diversified technique), with a drop table (Thompson technique), or with a small instrument called an Activator. (Check out our home page for detailed descriptions of those techniques!
Fun fact: there are over 200 adjusting techniques used world wide.
Our Doctors can adjust at any patient age (newborn to seniors).
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Chiropractic care encompasses a regular treatment plan of adjustments aimed initially at helping to relieve pain and discomfort, then to help prevent future problems.
Chiropractic care can treat many musculoskeletal conditions including (but not limited to):