Chiropractic care is a patient-centered regulated health care profession that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions relating to the spine, muscles, joints and nervous system. Chiropractors provide hands-on treatment with the goal of releasing tight musculature and improving range of motion in restricted joints throughout the body. Your Chiropractor will assess your biomechanics, which could include analyzing your gait, posture and/or movement patterns to correct imbalances and improve your daily function.
Your Chiropractor will begin with a thorough history and physical examination, before reviewing their findings and providing a diagnosis and a plan of management. Initial assessments are 1 hour long, with follow-up treatments of 15, 30 or 45 minutes long.
Treatments include a combination of soft tissue therapy, joint and spinal mobilizations, joint and spinal adjustments, individualized rehabilitation exercises, strength or mobility training, functional screening, athletic taping, gait analysis and more.
One common misconception is that Chiropractors only treat the spine. In reality, they treat disorders relating to the entire body, including your peripheral joints. In fact, back pain patients frequently have restrictions in the hips, knees and/or ankles that contribute to the dysfunction.
Another misconception is that all Chiropractors do is “crack” your spine. And while a spinal “adjustment” is a very common treatment tool, it is only one of many tools used to combat pain and dysfunction. Your Chiropractor can also provide soft tissue therapy, joint mobilizations, active rehabilitation exercises, activator joint mobilizations, drop-joint mobilizations and more.
Conditions a Chiropractor treat
- Spine pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal radiculopathy
- Carpal tunnel
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Autoimmune disorders – Ankylosing spondylolitis, rheumatoid arthritis etc.
- Leg length discrepancies
- Gait disorders
- Tempormandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Muscle Strains
- Joint sprains
- Fracture or surgical rehabilitation
- Frozen shoulder
- Ligament and meniscus sprain
- Rotator cuff strains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Pre or post-surgery rehabilitation
- Pregnancy-related pain
- Posture-related issues