Chiropractors are extensively educated in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis and management of biomechanical disorders and conditions originating from the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems.
Chiropractors are interested in whether or not your body is moving its best. They are especially interested in ensuring motion about any joint of your body is optimal.
Joints that do not move properly can cause pain and reduce function. Also, pain can cause joints not to move properly making a condition worse. In order to be healthy and function at your best restoring normal movement is important. Movement is medicine.
Chiropractors help relieve pain and improve function without surgery or pharmaceuticals. They are trained to provide many treatments to help make this possible. The primary treatment used by many chiropractors is spinal manipulative therapy (SMT).
Specific training in SMT allows chiropractors to provide adjustments to the many joints of the body using highly skilled and precise movements, which help to correct abnormal or dysfunctional movement. Restoring optimal movement of joints can help to reduce pain, improve healing and maximize function.
It is important to keep in mind that adjustments can be helpful for all joints of the body, not just the spine. In this way, chiropractors can help many conditions related to the musculoskeletal (MSK) system.
There are many ways to apply an adjustment, by hand is the most common, but it can be assisted with the use of a specialized tables and/or performed with mechanical devices. The method of application may not matter, it may be more important to match the patient with the treatment that is right for the condition to be treated and one that is comfortable for the patient.
At Hope, Healing & Health we offer many options for spinal manipulative therapy, and we are confident we have an option that is right for you.
We would encourage you to learn more about chiropractic care and how it can help you function at your best.