Chiropractic encompasses a variety of helpful things.
Chiropractic care is specifically geared toward enhancing the structure and function of the body, and improving communication throughout the entire nervous system.
Communication flowing freely throughout the nervous system is vital for optimal health and well-being. Interruptions in this communication can cause all kinds of health problems, and ultimately, dis-ease.
Neck pain comes in many varieties. When the pain stems from musculoskeletal problems that result from a misaligned vertebra (subluxation), then your best bet is to visit a Chiropractor. Neck adjustments ( chiropractic spinal adjustments or manipulations, of the vertebrae from C1 to C7) is a precise procedure, traditionally applied by hand. Neck adjustments have been shown to improve the joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle hypertonicity, and thereby relieving pressure, tension and ultimately pain.
Shoulder problems, chronic ankle sprains and tennis elbow are some of the most common condition that cause extremity pain. Extremity adjustment or manipulation is used to correct misaligned joint fixation anywhere in the body other than the spine. When a joint does not have the correct range of motion, it stretches the attached ligaments, triggering sensory receptors to the brain and the result is the feeling of pain in the affected area. When the extremity joints are misaligned and functioning incorrectly, the surrounding soft tissues become inflamed. When this happens, the joint is more prone to improper movements, which will make it easier for injury to occur. Manipulation of the fixed extremity restores the stretched ligament to its normal length, this adjustment to the joint decreases pain immediately.
Maintaining a healthy spine is essential for maintaining optimal health at any age. Back pain is one of the most common health complaints affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. When one or more vertebrae float or shift out of place a subluxation occurs, which often results in inflammation, discomfort, limited range of motion, and pain. The primary goal of a spinal adjustment or manipulation is to re-align the vertebrae back into their healthy, normal positions. The benefits experienced from these adjustments range from pain relief, better range of motion, long term wellness and even preventative care.
A spring-loaded, hand-held mechanical instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument is a great alternative and effective form of chiropractic care. An Activator Instrument is used to deliver a very specific, gentle, low force adjustment. Chiropractors may use the Activator Adjusting Instrument as an alternative to traditional manual treatment within their practice as a “soft form” of adjustment for those can not tolerate manual treatments, such as small children who can not sit still, elderly patients, and those with bone-weakening conditions. During a typical adjustment with the Activator the Chiropractor applies the Activator device to the tissues at or near the affected joint. An initial pressure is followed by a quick thrust from the device, which feels much like having one’s reflex tested by tapping your knee with two fingers.