Chiropractic care offers an alternative, non-invasive treatment option for various neuromusculoskeletal conditions for people of all ages. Discomfort and pain stemming from these various conditions can affect the patient’s back, neck, joints, and head, and chiropractic adjustments are commonly used to treat such conditions. Chiropractic adjustments are often used to ease back pain and so this treatment is sometimes referred to as spinal manipulation. Many patients experience immediate relief from chronic disorders such as low back pain, headaches, and neck pain.
A neuromusculoskeletal condition often results in the patient suffering from hypomobility, or restricted joint movement. This hypomobility is a consequence of tissue injury, which can stem from repetitive stress on the joint or from a single harmful event. Depending on the extent of the injury, chiropractic care can be short-term or long-term, and can also include preventative care.
Before beginning treatment, the chiropractor will examine the patient in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis of the presenting condition. During a treatment session, the chiropractor will manually adjust or manipulate the affected areas, such as the back, joints, or injured tissues.
This treatment is a type of manual therapy, which also includes physical and massage therapy, sports medicine, and osteopathy. It utilizes a holistic and hands-on approach to patient care. Depending on the condition, chiropractic care may be the primary treatment option or it may be used in conjunction with other medical treatment. Because chiropractors are broadly trained and take into account the whole person, they can provide counseling and recommendations to patients for related health issues such as dietary considerations and therapeutic exercises.