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is a profession that focuses on disorders of the
musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these
disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to
conservatively care for neuromusculoskeletal conditions, typically
including: back pain, neck pain, headache, pain in the joints of the:
arms, legs, and jaw. Doctors of Chiropractic practice a drug-free,
hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination,
diagnosis, prognosis, care and patient education. Chiropractors use
specific adjusting techniques,
physiotherapy modalities, rehabilitative exercises, and nutritional, dietary and lifestyle
advice to help the patient regain, maintain or maximize one's health.
The most common procedure performed by doctors of
chiropractic is known as a “chiropractic
adjustment.” An adjustment can be performed on the joints of the
spine or extremities. The type of adjustment technique that is used depends on
the chiropractor and the patient's needs. The purpose of adjusting is
to restore joint mobility and range of motion.
Loss of joint motion is typically a result of an injury, caused by a
traumatic event, (car accident or lifting a heavy object), or repetitive
stress, (sitting at your desk for a long time or performing the same act
over and over). These injuries cause tissue changes that lead to
inflammation, pain and decreased function. Joints that remain
restricted will lead to degenerative changes, soft tissue imbalances,
movement dysfunction and pain. Adjusting restores mobility of the
joints and tissues, decreasing stress and tension, allowing tissues to
heal and slow joint degeneration.
Restoring joint motion also leads to many non- pain, non-symptom based
benefits, (see Benefits of Care).
Many patients seek chiropractic care to improve & optimize their overall