Originating from chiro- ‘hand’ and Greek praktikos ‘practical’, chiropractic is a manual-based therapy implemented in treating conditions of the neuromusculoskeletal system. While chiropractic is still primarily focused on hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat the muscles and joints of the body, it has evolved since its inception in 1895 to include additional conservative treatments, such as nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle modifications to achieve optimal health. Chiropractic is a science-based, drug-free alternative that is effective in alleviating a number of conditions, including back and neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, and motor vehicle injuries, to name a few. It is important to understand that as a holistic medicine model, you and your chiropractor form a health care team; as well as the treatment you receive during your office visit, frequently you will be sent home with tools to enhance your recovery.
If you are unsure if your condition would benefit from chiropractic care, do not hesitate to contact the office for an appointment. An initial appointment will include a thorough history and physical examination, and if it is concluded that your condition will not benefit from chiropractic care, you will be referred to the health-care professional best suited to your needs.
What to expect
Your initial visit will include an extensive history and physical exam, to determine the source of your complaint. Typically, treatment occurs in the first visit, if no further examination (such as medical imaging) is warranted.
Treatment will typically include a chiropractic adjustment. This involves a joint that has been found to be restricted or limited in motion, and imparting a quick, shallow thrust to stretch the tissues surrounding the joint and thus return the desired mobility to the joint. Often this will be followed by manual stretching of involved muscles, and exercises or stretches to practice at home. Follow up appointments are scheduled according to the severity of your condition.
Often, the last symptom we experience when our joints are not working optimally is pain. For a prolonged active and healthy lifestyle, it is important to keep the joints functioning optimally. Much like regular eye and dental exams, chiropractic care can assess the joints of the body and restore or improve motion before it becomes painful and limits your daily activities. Frequency of preventative care will depend upon the daily demands you put on your body; for example, athletes may require more frequent visits due to the demands of training.
Chiropractic: a family affair
Chiropractic can benefit the whole family! Expectant moms may find relief throughout pregnancy with regular care. Adjustments are safe and effective for babies and children, alleviating discomforts from injuries acquired during daily play.