What Is the Goal of Chiropractic Care?
The goal of chiropractic care is to provide patients with a non-invasive, non-surgical, and non-drug solution for pain. With chiropractic care, the focus is on helping the body heal itself, starting right at the origin of the problem. Rather than a short-term solution, chiropractic care is meant to be a long-term path to pain relief and wellness.
How Does a Chiropractic Adjustment Work?
The chiropractor will have the patient lay comfortably on a treatment table, facing down. He will then make a series of carefully controlled sudden movements to the joints in the spinal column. Often, the adjustments are made with only the chiropractor’s hands, so it is sometimes called a “hands-on” healing method. In some cases, specialized small chiropractic instruments are used to make specific adjustments as well. These adjustments are all designed to correct alignment problems. A properly aligned spine will allow the body to use its own healing abilities far more effectively.
Why Do Patients Need Chiropractic Adjustments?
The reasons can be nearly as varied as the patient. Some people need chiropractic care after an injury. Car accident victims often suffer from spinal misalignment, and can get great relief from chiropractic care. Sports injuries are also helped by chiropractic care in many cases. Some patients who seek chiropractic care were not injured but rather suffer from problems due to poor posture or from making repetitive movements at their job. People with chronic pain problems like low back pain, headaches, or joint pain often find relief with chiropractic adjustments.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Chiropractic Care?
Patients of any age, from young children to seniors, can benefit from chiropractic care. Many pregnant women even have chiropractic care. Because chiropractic care is noninvasive, it is widely considered to be a safe and effective treatment for nearly anyone.