Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat musculoskeletal complaints including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, joint pain and headaches.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by Chiropractic Physicians is known as “spinal manipulation," also called a “chiropractic adjustment”. The purpose of 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 tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation of the affected joint and tissues restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing the tissues to heal.