Chiropractic, the largest complementary and alternative health profession, is the third largest area of healthcare (after standard medicine and dentistry). Originating from the Greek words meaning "treatment by hand," chiropractic involves manual manipulation of the body in order to promote healing and wellness. After an assessment of your condition, you will receive a diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan will be developed.
Chiropractic care utilizes traditional diagnostic methods involving a thorough history and evaluation and - when necessary - testing methods such as x-rays, MRIs and lab work. Treatments may include manipulation (adjustments) of spinal or other joints, stretching, and applications of physiotherapies including cold or hot packs. Treatment frequency and duration varies on the condition being treated.
Although the ultimate goals are to reduce pain and normalize function, chiropractic care prides itself in assisting the improvement of the overall health of an individual, and thus, quality of life. Your chiropractor may incorporate specific recommendations, such as nutritional counseling, exercise and pain management techniques to encourage the practice of health choices that create a more successful and balanced lifestyle.
Symptoms/Conditions That Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care
- Low-back pain
- Musculoskeletal ailments
- Headache and neck pain
- Muscle spasms
- Bulging/herniated discs
- Pinched nerves
- Numbness or tingling of arms/legs
- Injuries to shoulders, wrists, knees, ankles
- Injuries related to work, sports or vehicle collisions
What to Expect
- The initial visit may take up to 60 minutes and includes a complete history and exam
- Most patients state treatment makes them feel relaxed and able to move around better, but some experience minor soreness after treatment
- Conservative treatment used by chiropractors is among the safest and most effective for a variety of conditions