Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling. The most common therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractors is known as a chiropractic adjustment. The purpose of an adjustment is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement.
Adjustments rarely cause discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise or massage) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, this care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Damaged Tissue and nerves
Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object or a car accident, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished nervous system function for the sufferer. Chiropractic adjustment of the affected joint restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Decreased joint movement leads to decreased input into the nervous system. The nervous system is the master control system of the body- directing all other body systems: immune, endocrine, skin, digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Thus, dysfunction or decreased input into the nervous system will cause other systems to also fail. This failure will result in symptoms, which are warning signs to let you know that there is a problem within your body. To silence such a warning with medicine (i.e.-taking medicine for a headache without addressing the cause of the headache) will result in even greater dysfunction. Chiropractors address the cause of disease.
CHIROPRACTIC PATIENT ASSESSMENT
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
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Questions you may have
- What is Chiropractic Care?
Each year millions of Americans seek chiropractic care to relieve pain, prevent, or recover from injuries, sports enhancement, and much more. It is a way to view each patient as a unique individual. Because of this, we do not use protocols, and each patient has a treatment plan specific to their individual needs. Chiropractic focuses on a holistic and vitalistic approach, as well as on the health of the musculoskeletal system. There are many tools our chiropractors are equipped with as part of their training. These tools may be part of your unique plan and include adjustment, soft tissue, vibration, e-stim, exercises, and nutrition.
- What is an Adjustment?
One of the most important tools your chiropractor has is the chiropractic adjustment. An adjustment is a method to allow proper movement of joints. The focus of the adjustment is to remove the subluxation, which is a joint not moving correctly, by improving joint mechanics.
- Do I need to be in pain to see a chiropractor?
While many seek chiropractic care because they are in pain, this is not the goal. It is better to identify a problem before it creates pain or injury.
For example, think about going to a dentist. You are encouraged to go to the dentist every 6 months to prevent and identify cavities, gum disease, or other dental problems. If you did not go to the dentist when would you know you have an issue? Typically, you would know because you have extreme pain. It is the same for chiropractic care.
While we enjoy helping people out of pain, we love keeping you healthy and happy.
- Who do we see?
The staff at Van Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center has a very well rounded education and provide care to a wide range of patients, such as:
Basically, if you have a spine, we can help you!
Our patients seek care for acute, chronic, maintenance, and preventive care. We do not see any Personal Injury or Worker Compensation cases. All care received is to promote function of the musculoskeletal system and remove subluxations.
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