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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on removing interference or dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, thereby allowing the body to express optimal general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, arm or leg pain, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer.

Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility and removes interference to the nervous system, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal. Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.

In many cases, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition. Additionally, Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

Read here for more information on the many benefits of regular chiropractic care.

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM)

Much like ART, instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the doctor with the ability to locate restrictions through pressure or texture changes. This allows the clinician to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure, based upon the resistance encountered in the tissues. Restrictions within the soft tissue, which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, or repetitive strain injuries, are broken down, allowing full functional restoration and tissue healing to occur.

Active Release Technique

ART® is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART®. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of cumulative mini-traumas resulting from chronic overuse as we go about our repetitive daily activities.

Webster Technique Treatments

Jeanne Ohm, DC, one of the lead instructors for the Webster Technique, offers this description:
“The Webster technique is a specific sacral adjustment to help facilitate the mother’s pelvic alignment and nerve system function. This in turn balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, reduces torsion to the uterus and offers a greater potential for optimal fetal positioning. Originally used for breech presentations and then posterior presentations, current research is revealing the benefits of receiving the Webster technique throughout pregnancy for the prevention of dystocia (pain with pregnancy). The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association offers chiropractors advanced classes on care in pregnancy, including the Webster technique.”

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