What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a method of complementary and alternative medicine that focuses on realigning the spine to achieve pain relief and promote healing. The goal of chiropractic care is to properly align the spine and restore spinal movement by performing a series of adjustments to joints in the back.
The theory behind Chiropractic is that when the spine is in alignment the nervous system functions optimally and your ability to heal improves. Although the profession has been in existence since 1895, manipulation of the spine goes back beyond the times of Socrates.
Are all Chiropractors the same?
As with all professions, there are a wide variety of practitioners. You can generally class Chiropractic treatment into two groups though.
Straights - these are Chiropractors that only deal with the spine. They manipulate the joints of your spine and may possibly work on the muscles through massage, stretches or exercises.
Even within this category, there are numerous ways to manipulate the spine. There are those that use a physical thrust with their hands to those that only use light pressure. There are even small devices that will adjust the spine mechanically delivering a specific force at a specific amplitude.
Each practitioner will choose how they work; this is done more from a personal view than a professional body. All techniques work well and have the same principle, but the methods will vary. It is the patient that decided which is best for them.
Mixers - this type of Chiropractor looks outside the square more. They will still adjust the spine, but will add in other modalities to support the healing process. They may use nutrition, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Homeopathy or other complimentary therapies. Also they have developed numerous techniques over the years that work on the spine in a more detailed approach.
Mixers will still aim to balance the spine, but they will use other methods and approaches to achieve their goals. They will stimulate reflexes to help balance your movement, stimulate Acupressure points to help strengthen muscles, use various techniques to work on you ligaments and other areas that are related to your pain.
Is Chiropractic care safe?
The most common question asked...
Chiropractic treatment is as safe as the practitioner applying it. No different to all health professions. Is medicine safe?
You may answer yes, yet medicine kills thousands each year from misdiagnosis, wrong medications, botched surgeries and many other reasons.
Chiropractic care is no different. You can cause strokes from manipulating the neck if you are too aggressive or if the underlying structure makes manipulation unsafe. You can have a wrong diagnosis and not respond to care.
This is why it is best to find a honest and reliable practitioner, one you can trust. So ask around the community, see who they suggest and if you decide to seek help from a Chiropractor ...
Make sure you feel safe, feel supported, have your questions answered, and most importantly relief occurs quickly and lasts. If not then you need to look more into why pain has returned. Most Chiropractors still look at the spine only where pain exists.
Spinal Balancing looks at the symptoms and the cause of your pain, no matter where the pain is. To get long term results you must remove all the causes.
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