About Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the manipulation of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems with a primary focus on the spine. It is a non-invasive, conservative form of therapy that is a useful alternative to surgery or pain-reducing medication. It is often used to treat lower back or neck pain, but can also be helpful for a wide variety of ailments, such as arm or leg pain, decreased mobility or chronic headaches.
What to Expect During Chiropractic Care
The first visit to a chiropractor will involve an initial assessment and diagnosis. This is done by conducting a patient intake interview, as well as asking a series of questions about current and past health and levels of pain or mobility. The chiropractor will also perform a series of small diagnostics to test the range of motion, reflexes and muscle tone and strength. On occasion, more formal testing may also be performed or requested, such as X-rays or even an MRI, to get a clear picture of the spine health. Treatment involves the gentle manipulation of the spine to correct misalignments or irregularities. Typically, chiropractic care involves adjustments and therapies to improve mobility through the use of manual and computerized modalities.
Manipulation Under Anesthesia
For more extreme cases or acute pain, manipulation under anesthesia can be a useful form of treatment. This procedure is performed in a hospital with a team of practitioners, doctors and anesthesiologists. The techniques used while under anesthesia involve a series of specific spinal manipulations, passive stretches and specific maneuvers to help break up fibrous tissue surrounding the spinal cord.
Chiropractic Care for Children
Chiropractic care for children is not only safe but can help alleviate a wide range of different issues. Labor and falls during early childhood can both affect the spinal health of a child and cause a variety of problems such as colic, headaches, bedwetting and more.
Benefits and Risks
The benefits of chiropractic care include improved mobility, a decrease in pain and alleviation of chronic headaches. It is also one of the safest drug-free and non-invasive therapies to treat these types of issues. Some patients report mild soreness or aching after a chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic care is one form of therapy that used in our comprehensive and customized approach to health to improve overall wellness. With specialists in a wide variety of modalities, we create overall health plans that typically pair chiropractic care with nutritional planning, kinesiology therapy, physical therapy or acupuncture.