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What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a natural form of healthcare that focuses on proper body function and treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. A major premise of Chiropractic relates to the spine and nervous system. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nervous system,your body is better able to heal itself and function at its best. That is because your spine is the armour that protects your nervous system which is the master control system for every cell, tissue, and organ of your body. If you have any areas of spinal concern irritating a nerve, whatever that nerve is connected to will not be functioning properly. According to research the weight of a dime on a nerve can cause up to a 60% decrease in function.
What conditions do Chiropractors Treat?
It is easy to say many people automatically associate Chiropractic care with treating back and neck pain, but that is not all that Chiropractors treat. They are basically biomechanical specialists that treat a wide variety of neuro-musculo-skeletal system conditions. Our Chiropractors are trained in a wide variety of techniques and use the most up to date technologies to help you get the best care possible. If it is a joint related problem with a vertebrae out of alignment or perhaps another joint in your ankle not moving properly then a specific adjustment is what you need. If it is a muscular condition you are suffering from then one of our Chiropractors may use Active Release Techniques (ART), ultrasound, laser therapy, heat/ice, or other soft tissue therapies to get you the relief you need. If it is a nerve related condition and you are feeling numbness, tingling, weakness or pain then it is important for one of our chiropractors to figure out where that nerve is entrapped and get the pressure off of it. Some common conditions Chiropractors treat are: headaches, back/neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, knee pain, rotator cuff problems, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, muscle spasms and many more conditions.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, "locked up" or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate any nerve system interference, improve spinal function and improve overall health.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
Yes, chiropractic is remarkably safe. It has an excellent safety record which is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. It is about getting your body back to the way it should be functioning rather than taking pills or removing body parts. Proof of this safety record can be identified when you compare a Chiropractors malpractice rates to that of an MD. Chiropractors premiums are a small fraction in comparison to that of an MD.
Can I Adjust Myself?
No. Since a chiropractic adjustment involves a specific force in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. Not even our chiropractors can personally adjust themselves. Some people might think that they are adjusting themselves if they get that "popping" sound after they move in a certain direction, however quite often they are releasing the joint either above or below the one that actually needed to be released. This can actually be counterproductive and possibly create some instability in the surrounding area. It takes several years of training to learn how to properly adjust someone, it is not for amateurs!