What is Chiropractic? Chiropractic is a natural form of healthcare that focuses on treating the patient without the use of drugs or medicines and takes a wellness approach to the patient’s health. Through regular activities like work or sports, the spine can become hypomobile (reduced joint motion) and the neuromuscular system unbalanced. Chiropractic care seeks to correct the originating cause of such injuries by using the hands to gently adjust and mobilize the spine to restore proper function and balance to the nervous system. Chiropractors frequently treat individuals with problems such as; headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain, and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disc conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains and strains. However, Chiropractic can really do so much more! We have seen substantial improvements in patients with asthma, allergies, indigestion, foot, knee, and shoulder pain, and many other conditions that aren’t commonly associated with Chiropractic.
Spinal and Extremity Adjustments: Joint manipulation (AKA an “adjustment”) of the spine and extremities are utilized based on the needs of the patient. Joint evaluation involves motion palpation to assess if and where a patient needs manipulation. Specifically, joints that are found to have reduced motion may need an adjustment. Motion palpation is a biomechanically sound technique for the assessment of joint function. Joint manipulation techniques taught by Palmer College of Chiropractic and the Motion Palpation Institute are utilized whenever manipulation is necessary. Some other manipulation techniques used include: Flexion-Distraction, Activator, Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson, and Toggle-Recoil.