Hands-on manipulation (or adjustment), used by Chiropractors is to properly align the body’s musculoskeletal structure – in particular the spine.
A proper alignment facilitates healing without surgery or medication. It can restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury following a fall or repetitive stress.
- Joint Mobility
Stiff joints are often relieved by an adjustment that relaxes muscles surrounding them. This leads to a greater mobility in areas that were “locked up” and may have been impinging on nerves.
- Pain Relief
Chiropractors can easily and quickly ascertain which mechanical issues are causing spine-related pain. Once they have done this, they are able to use a series of adjustments to provide fast relief. Patients describe feeling markedly better shortly after the treatment and having symptoms go away faster than with other forms of treatment.
- Optimal Body Functioning
Apart from treating localized pain, Chiropractic adjustments help to restore normal function and movement to all parts of the body. This has an overall positive effect on the ability to move efficiently and with full strength.
- Effectively Treats New and Old Trauma
Chiropractic adjustments provide quick and noticeable relief for new and long-lasting chronic pain. They reduce pain and restore mobility to a tweaked shoulder, sprained ankle or a wrist suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Issues in elbows, hips, knees, feet and other locations in the extremities can also be dealt with effectively.
- Promotes General Wellness and Stress Reduction
Stress induces real physical pain and vice versa. Coping with disruptions in your regular routines due to pain and discomfort can be very stressful for both mind and body. Stress can trigger increased blood pressure, trouble sleeping and a host of other problems. Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve pressure points, speed recovery and contribute to maintenance of better overall health.
Conditions Which May Benefit From Chiropractic Care
Along with the conditions already mentioned above, the following may also be helped by chiropractic care:
- back pain
- ear infections
- healthy pregnancy
- organ function
- surgery prevention
Risks Associated With Chiropractic Care
The risks associated with chiropractic care are very small. Some patients sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following a spinal manipulation. This typically fades within 24 hours.
Chiropractic adjustment may not be recommended in cases of:
- cancer in the spine
- severe osteoporosis
- numbness, tingling or loss of strength in an arm or leg
- instability or excessive motion in the spine
- an increased risk of stroke
As a form of therapy, Chiropractic care ranks as the largest alternative medical profession. The chiropractic treatment may also include exercises along with health and lifestyle counseling.