Dating back centuries, chiropractic medicine is a recognized tool for healing and pain relief, helping millions of people around the globe. As a drug-free, non-surgical treatment option, chiropractic care uses specific spinal manipulation to help improve overall body motion. Expanding beyond the relief of back and neck pain, chiropractors have actually helped reduce and eliminate a variety of health issues and their symptoms through comprehensive spinal health care.
Chiropractic Medicine is a Tool for Healing and Pain Relief
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “manipulation,” also called a “chiropractic adjustment.” An adjustment can be performed on the spine or the extremities. The type(s) of adjustment techniques that are administered depends on individual patient needs. The purpose of adjusting is to restore joint mobility and range of motion to joint by manually applying a controlled force into a joint that has become restricted in its normal movement. Typically, adjusting involves applying a conservative and specific low amplitude force to the area to allow for better movement.
Often used in conjunction with other services such as massage, acupuncture or physical therapy, regular chiropractic care has been recognized as a credible treatment plan for many ailments including myofascial pain syndrome, migraines, tension headaches, colic, sciatica, sports injuries and plantar fasciitis, to name just a few.
Loss of joint motion in a joint is typically a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injuries can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position for an extended period of time.
Once the injury has occurred, the injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Allowing joints to remain in a restricted state will ultimately lead to degenerative changes, soft tissue imbalances, movement dysfunction, and pain. Many health issues are affected by these injuries and made worse by blocked nerve signals. If the discs and vertebrae compress and irritate the nerves, the signals they send to various body parts are diminished.
By gently manipulating the elements of the spine into their proper alignment, chiropractic care reduces the irritation to nerve endings within the spine, allowing body parts to function properly and reduce the risk of illness and disease. The goal of adjusting is to restore mobility of the affected joint and tissues, thereby alleviating bio-mechanical stress and tension, allowing surrounding tissues to heal, and hopefully stop any further degeneration.
At Northern Nevada Chiropractic, we employ many different chiropractic care techniques such as activator, flexion distraction, active release technique, TMJ manual therapies, and graston technique to name a few. If a patient is worried about getting “popped” there are a many other options.
Chiropractic care is considered a portal of entry profession, not requiring an outside referral. Due to its non-invasive nature, it is a good starting point when choosing healthcare. We can help you discover true health and optimal wellness by scheduling a comprehensive consultation today.
Northern Nevada Chiropractic is one of the only chiropractic practices in the area to offer both pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic. Our resident expert, Dr. Kimberly Nelson is certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and also holds the Webster’s certificate which is a technique that aligns the pelvis making birth an easier, less stressful process on the body.