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CHIROPRACTOR ADJUSTMENT

Chiropractic adjustment, also called spinal manipulation, is a procedure done by a chiropractor using the hands or small instruments to apply controlled force to a spinal joint. The goal is to improve spinal motion and physical function of the entire body. Chiropractic adjustment at home is generally considered safe when performed for the right condition by someone who is properly trained and licensed to practice chiropractic care. Complications are rare, but they are possible. For the ailments mainly related to spinal problems people seek chiropractic care at home because it is a completely drug-free therapy. Someone dealing with joint pain, back pain, or headaches might consider visiting a chiropractor.

The goal of chiropractic adjustment is to restore normal joint function and muscle balance. Treatments are believed to reduce stress on the immune system, reducing the potential for disease. Chiropractic care aims to address the entire body, including a person’s ability to move, perform, and even think. Recommendations for your at-home chiropractic care may incorporate exercise, hot/cold therapy, massage, nutrition as well as use of proper posture and movement skills. You will find that you do have dominion over your symptom even though there may not be a cure for the condition. You are key to your care. You can gain back the quality of life you want and deserve.

HOW DOES IT WORK

Chiropractic treatment may require a series of visits to your chiropractor, but most people attain maximum improvement in six to 10 visits. At your initial visit, your chiropractor will ask questions about your health history and perform a physical exam, with particular attention to your spine. Your chiropractor may also recommend other examinations or tests, such as X-rays.

During the procedure

During a typical chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor places you in specific positions to treat affected areas. Often, you're positioned lying face down on a specially designed, padded chiropractic table. The chiropractor uses his or her hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, pushing it beyond its usual range of motion. You may hear popping or cracking sounds as your chiropractor moves your joints during the treatment session.

Some people experience minor side effects for a few days after chiropractic adjustment. These may include headache, fatigue or pain in the parts of the body that were treated. Chiropractic adjustment can be effective in treating low back pain, although much of the research done shows only a modest benefit — similar to the results of more conventional treatments. Some studies suggest that spinal manipulation also may be effective for headaches and other spine-related conditions, such as neck pain.

COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED IN CHIROPRACTOR TREATMENT

Chiropractic treatment addresses damage, disorder, and misalignment of the joints, particularly along the spine. Chiropractic therapy can treat a wide variety of conditions, since it can correct both localized joint issues and your general posture, which can influence your overall well-being, especially your nervous system.

·        Back problems: Patients may seek treatment from chiropractors for general discomfort, postural issues, localized pain, or more complex conditions such as fibromyalgia, a chronic musculoskeletal issue.

·        Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis results from an immune system disorder, while osteoarthritis is the result of tissue degeneration due to aging, hormonal issues, or vitamin deficiencies. Chiropractors can help treat both types of arthritis by manipulating the joints and working to restore patients' mobility.

·        Headache: If you suffer from tension headaches, your chiropractor can help by identifying trigger points in your neck muscles. Trigger points may include the Suboccipitals, the Splenius muscles, the Trapezius, and the Sternocleidomastoid

·        Neck pain: Your neck is one of your most important yet delicate body parts. It consists of seven small vertebrae, which chiropractors refer to as the "cervical spine.”

·        Musculoskeletal Conditions: Chiropractic therapy adjusts the body's joints and overall alignment to help correct a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Your chiropractor may be able to assist you if you suffer from any of the following:

·        Carpal tunnel syndrome

·        Plantar fasciitis

·        Epicondylitis

·        Tendinitis

·        Sprains

·        Strains

·        Fractures

·        Ligament injuries

·        Myelopathy

·        Whiplash

·        Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

·        Stroke

·        Dislocation

·        Frozen joints

·        Muscle, joint, or ligament tears and pulls

·        Herniated discs

·        Scoliosis

·        Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS)

·        Osteoarthritis

·        Ruptured discs or tendons

·        Scurvy

·        Shin splins

·        Chronic discomfort

WHO WILL BENEFIT?

A foundational element to chiropractic practice is that the structure of the body, with specific emphasis on the spine, affects the function of each part of the body. By correcting alignment, chiropractors believe that undue stress is relieved, which allows the body to function properly and, in turn, heal itself from pain. Though the focus of chiropractic treatment remains on the spine, chiropractic care has now widened to include treatments for posture, nutritional counselling, and exercise education in order to supplement musculoskeletal manipulation.

Your chiropractor may recommend certain exercises to help improve your range of motion, and may also ask what position you tend to sleep in and what shape your mattress is in. Because we spend so much of our lives on our mattresses, understanding sleep health and hygiene may be crucial in your path to recovery. Chiropractors often work with primary care doctors, pain experts, and surgeons to deliver the best, most comprehensive results to patients. Understanding your health history and current lifestyle are all important factors that aid chiropractors in delivering relief from pain. Going to a chiropractor is also a great option for those unable to afford expensive costs for surgeries to relieve spinal pain or those wanting an alternative to potentially addictive pain medication. Improved sleep quality, breathing, and increased energy are all second hand benefits when choosing to get adjusted.

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