Chiropractic doctors are trained to practice and perform spinal adjustments (manipulation), physiotherapy modalities, and stretches and rehabilitation exercises, give nutritional advice, perform x-rays, and order MRI, CT, NCV, or other advanced diagnostic testing. There are 4 national board examinations before doctors can apply for a state license. Guided by a thorough case history and examination, your doctor will evaluate your individual needs and determine a course of treatment. Chiropractic is a conservative, natural approach to better health, and most important, it allows you to be free of pain. Millions of people have become healthier using chiropractic principles that originated in America in 1895.
How does an adjustment work? Imagine a nerve or muscle that is irritated or inflamed. Compare this to a garden hose and water flowing through with restriction. When the hose is lying straight without any kinks, water flows through it freely. If there is a kink or compression, water flow is reduced or altered or even stopped. Spinal adjustments can ease pressure and irritation or inflammation to the central nervous system and allow nerve impulses to conduct or flow and protect the nerve from further damage. A pop or clicking sound is often heard during an adjustment, called cavitation, caused by a rapid but safe change in pressure acting on the fluids (synovium) and gas (nitrogen) within the joint. Your nervous system controls and regulates every cell of your body. When it doesn't work right, you don't work right! Doctors of chiropractic (DC) essentially promote the healing process by minimizing interference to the nervous system.
Most people have more than one episode, sometimes continuous episodes, of low back pain. A 1994 report from the federal government's Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) concluded that chiropractic care is the safest, drug-free initial form of treatment. The study also recommended that conservative treatments such as spinal manipulation should be pursued before surgical intervention is considered. Applying precisely directed force to a spinal joint (vertebrae) that is out of position or fixated (not moving properly) helps to gradually restore it to a more normal position and function. Specific to your condition only, spinal rehabilitation, core muscle training, and flexibility stretches are all part of your chiropractic treatment at this office. Structure, function and motion are key!