Many people think that chiropractic is about back pain. The reality is that chiropractic is about the nerve system. The nervous system controls everything the body does including how well the body heals. If the spine and joints are misaligned then the nervous system cannot communicate effectively with the body. This can result in a variety of symptoms such as joint stiffness and pain, muscle spasm, nerve pain, numbness and tingling, or even fatigue.
Chiropractors are trained to identify and correct the cause(s) of these problems. They focus on restoring the proper movement of the vertebrae in the spinal column, relieving pressure and irritation on nerves, allowing normal function to be restored.
Chiropractic is a drug free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors often work in conjunction with medical doctors, dentists and ophthalmologists to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.
The most common method of chiropractic treatment is manual manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. Chiropractors use a wide range of techniques to help improve joint mobility, reduce pain and inflammation, and encourage the body to heal itself. These techniques include hand manipulation, instrument-assisted spinal and joint manipulation (such as the Activator method), soft tissue manipulation and massage, and specific rehabilitation exercises.
Many pregnant women seek chiropractic care to prevent and alleviate the common issues associated with pregnancy, such as lower back pain, leg pain, and headaches. Pregnant women under regular chiropractic care are also more likely to have a vertex (head down) presentation at the time of delivery. This is a huge benefit to both mother and baby.