What is Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine which has an emphasis on treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the spine and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. Many chiropractors refuse to be characterized as complementary and alternative medicine. Providing chiropractic treatment for them is a healthcare profession.
The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy. It manipulates the spine, other joints and soft tissues. A treatment program may also include exercises and counseling on lifestyle and health. Traditional chiropractic believes that spinal joint dysfunction disrupts the body’s overall well-being.
As of today, chiropractic is well established in the United States, Canada and Australia. It overlaps with other manual-therapy professions like massage therapy, osteopathy and physical therapy. Chiropractic treatment focuses on the back and neck pain of patients. However, many chiropractors also treat ailments other than those related to the musculoskeletal system.
Health Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic is a natural, drug-free approach to healthcare from which millions of people have found relief from back pain and other illnesses.
The spinal column is said to be made up of 24 independent vertebrae which allows the body to move, twist and bend. It encases and protects the delicate nerve tissue that aids in the communication of the body and brain. This is why chiropractic treatment holds the belief that the key to a healthy and active lifestyle is a healthy spine.
Subluxation refers to two or more vertebrae that are not working properly together. This misalignment can cause excessive pain, discomfort, decreased mobility and a lot of other things to an individual. What’s bad is that they can sometimes go unnoticed and result to a major miscommunication between the brain and body.
If this condition hinders the nervous system to function properly, then it may lead to shoulder or elbow pain. These symptoms are the body’s only way to ‘inform’ a person that something is wrong. Sadly, by the time that pain and symptoms appear the problem has already been there for months or years. It’s a great thing that chiropractic care can help prevent these symptoms from getting worse.
Chiropractic care can also help with headaches, back and neck conditions, leg, knee, foot and ankle pain, arm, wrist, shoulder or elbow pain, stress and tension disorders, bursitis, arthritis and chronic injuries.