The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of a manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypo-mobile 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 via repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time.
Injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustments rarely cause discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatments (as with some form of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
CONDITIONS TREATED WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE:
- Low Back, Neck and Mid-Back Pain
- Sciatica (including “pinched nerves”)
- Herniated and/or Bulging Discs
- Spinal Stenosis
- Musculoskeletal joint pain of any extremity (acute/chronic)
- Myofacial/Muscle Pain
- Numbness/Tingling/Weakness into arms or legs
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Sports-related injuries