Chiropractors are specially trained to diagnose the specific problems that are responsible for your pain. By reviewing your health history, the history of your condition and a thorough orthopedic and neurological examination, chiropractors can diagnose the root cause of your pain. Special studies, x-rays and other testing are ordered when warranted and if not already completed by your medical physician.
Chiropractors excel at treating dysfunction of joints, muscle pain, disc conditions and joint instability which often results from injuries putting you at risk for chronic pain and future injuries.
Once the cause of pain is identified, a treatment plan can be specifically tailored to your condition. Common treatments include one or a combination of the following:
- Joint Manipulation
- Stabilization Exercises
- Self Care Advice
- Ergonomic Evaluations
- Physical Therapy Modalities
- Specialist Referral if Necessary
TREAT & RELEASE PHILOSOPHY:
Despite popular beliefs, many chiropractors practice a treat and release treatment strategy.
How does Manipulation Work?
Spinal Manipulation has both a local joint effect and physiological response on the body:
- Restrictions in joint motion are released often times resulting in a popping noise.
- Stretching of the muscles which lie next to the spine, allowing them to loosen.
- Decreases pressure between the discs of the spine which helps relieve pressure. This pressure by the discs can irritate or activate nerve endings which cause pain.
- Endorphins are released by your body which provides a natural analgesic effect.
Once the reason for your pain is diagnosed, your chiropractor will discuss if manipulation is right for you.