What is it?
Chiropractic care focuses on properly aligning the spine—to allow for natural, surgery-free healing. A chiropractor’s goal is not to give patients drugs so they don’t feel pain, but to discover the source of the pain and correct the problem.
The spine is the structural support for the whole body. If areas of the spine become stiff or start to move improperly the muscles cannot work properly, often getting strained, and your posture suffers. When nerves and muscles are impaired, they let you know using pain. The only way to get the misaligned areas moving again, and actually fix the underlying problem, is to use an adjustment.
An adjustment is a chiropractor’s method of moving a restricted or stiff joint. The doctor pushes on specific parts of your body in a way that opens the joint very slightly. (See what happens when a joint is adjusted) When it opens, the joint makes a popping or clicking sound and is then able to move the way it is supposed to.
Is it safe?
Adjustments are incredibly safe—actually, they’re one of the safest kinds of medical care available. And your chiropractor has studied extensively to fully understand the body’s systems. The chiropractic training program is comparable to the program of study for medical doctors. According to the American Chiropractic Association, more than 30 million people visited chiropractors last year for a variety of conditions, and more and more medical doctors are referring their patients to doctors of chiropractic.
What problems can it address?
In addition to preventative and wellness care, chiropractic can be used to treat headaches, lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, numbness, leg pain, scoliosis, and other health issues.
For more information, see the ACA patient webpage.
More questions? E-mail Dr French.