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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession who focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuro-musculo-skeletal complaints like back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

What is a Doctor of Chiropractic?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) – often referred to as chiropractors, practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have a varied skill set and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises.

DCs may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing or diagnostic imaging to determine when chiropractic treatment is needed. Also, chiropractors will refer patients to the health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable.

In cases of lower back pain, chiropractic care may be a patient's primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic services may complement medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects of the condition. 

What is Spinal Manipulation?

Spinal manipulation is one of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic .

Its purpose is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement, as a result of a tissue injury. A single traumatic event can be cause this injury like improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward positions .

Injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes which can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing the patient to heal.

Minor discomfort might be caused in rare cases with the chiropractic adjustments .However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.