Chiropractic care is a health care professional that specializes in the holistic treatment of the body’s nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Chiropractic care helps to restore healthy function of the spine and limbs, improving range of motion, strength, and flexibility. The aim of chiropractic care is to decrease pain, muscle tightness, muscular spasm and joint inflammation.
During your first treatment, our team will review your health history and perform a physical examination, which may include an assessment of your spine and posture, as well as the source of your pain. After the assessment, we’ll develop a treatment plan based on your diagnosis.
How Does It Work?
Chiropractic care is an effective and safe treatment option for conditions affecting the muscle and skeletal systems in the body. The primary treatment technique is called a spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation, which involves applying a controlled force into joints in and around your spine that have become restricted as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injuries, whether they’re acute or chronic, create physical and chemical changes in your body that can cause inflammation, pain and reduced function. Spinal manipulation restores joint mobility, relieving pain and muscle tightness, as well as allowing the tissues to heal. We may apply short thrusts to remove joint restrictions; move your joints through different positions to reduce joint tension; or stretch your muscles in different directions to improve range of motion. Each session typically lasts between 15-30 minutes.
Chiropractic adjustment does not typically cause discomfort; in fact, many clients enjoy the feeling of the adjustment. Spinal adjustment stimulates the release of natural endorphins, which can help you to feel more relaxed. You may notice a popping sensation or sound in your joints during the treatment, which is quite common and believed to be caused by gas bubbles in the fluids that surround your joints.
Some clients feel a slight soreness or aching after the treatment, similar to feeling you might experience after a work-out. Like post-exercise pains, ice and stretching provide relief, and the pain typically resolves in 12-48 hours.