About Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic comes from the Greek word for hand (cheiros) and done by (pracktos)

= “done by the hand

Chiropractic is a health care 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 treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms and legs and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic- often referred to as chiropractor or chiropractic physicians- practice a DRUG FREE, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment.  Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommended therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as lifestyle counseling.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic 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 hypomobile- or restricted in their movement- as a result of tissue injury.  Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic even 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 or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic may be the primary method of treatment; when other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Will Chiropractic treatment help my condition?

Dr. Susan and Dr. Liz will assess you through clinical examination and x-rays or other diagnostic imaging if indicated, to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate and when it is not appropriate.  Our chiropractors will readily refer you to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for your condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

Conditions Treated by Chiropractic

Chiropractic not only treats back and neck pain. In addition to treating arthritis, back and neck pain, sciatica, and whiplash, chiropractors also treat the following conditions:

Heachache- Chiropractic has been shown to be highly effective in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches.  As often times, they result from disturbances of the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels that relate to the neck, scalp, head and face.

Pregnancy- Chiropractic has been shown to reduce labor time and help make delivery more comfortable by reducing physical stress to both mom and baby.  The Webster Technique is successful for proper baby positioning by ensuring the mother’s pelvis is in alignment to avoid breech and transverse orientation, thereby also decreasing the need for interventions such as medication, Cesarean delivery, and foreceps/vacuum intervention.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome- The majority of carpal tunnel syndrome patients that obtain accurate diagnosis as well as significant relief through conservative, Non-surgical management of this disorder provided by doctors of chiropractic.  Treatment may include manual care to the affected joints of the wrist, physical rehab, and advise regarding workstation modification.

Fatigue- It is possible that structural imbalances in your body’s framework may be disrupting your neurological integrity and sapping you of energy.  This can often be improved by carefully planned chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is also for CHILDREN!!!  Research and clinical experience support chiropractic care for common pediatric conditions such as colic, bed-wetting, ear infections, scoliosis, and common childhood injuries.  Chiropractic has been known to be 90% effective at treating infantile colic. Specific spinal adjustments gently realign the baby’s vertebrae to allow the nervous system to be balanced. The same technique is also effective for treating ear infections and reflux in babies.