ChiropracticDoctors of chiropractic diagnose, treat, and help prevent conditions and disorders related to the back, neck, pelvis, extremity joints and the effect they have on the nervous system.
The most common and widely used form of chiropractic treatment is called an adjustment or spinal manipulative therapy - a non-invasive and safe procedure consisting of a precise directed movement to effectively help relieve pain and discomfort, restore movement, and increase joint mobility.
CIHS chiropractors incorporate diverse types of hands-on therapies and modalities during a patient's treatment such as soft tissue release, trigger point therapy, and ART, and joint mobilizations.
There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care. Work, accidents, sports injuries, house-hold chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain healthy spine and joint function.
Common Conditions Treated
- Back and neck pains
- Sports injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Strains/Sprains from daily activities
- Posture care
What to expect during your first visit?Your first visit to a Chiropractor involves completing a thorough chiropractic assessment which include:
- testing range of motion of affected parts
- muscle tone
- muscle strength
- neurological integrity
- postural analysis
What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?Chiropractic care can:
- Improve movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
- Improve your posture
- Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain
- Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Lead to enhanced athletic performance
- Improve your flexibility and range of motion
- Relieve pregnancy-related back ache
- Correction of gait and foot problems
What is an adjustment?An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustment loosens the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function. When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble escapes causing the popping noise you may have heard about.
Is chiropractic adjustment safe?Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, neck, and back pain. It has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk.
Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment, however, some may experience temporary pain, stiffness or slight swelling. Some patients may also experience temporary dizziness, local numbness, or radiating pain. However, adverse effects associated with spinal adjustment are typically minor and short-lived.
Can chiropractic care cure other ailments besides back pain?Chiropractic care cannot "cure" every ailment, but there is some evidence to indicate that adjustments may have a beneficial effect on a variety of conditions. Adjustments may alleviate some of the secondary or referred pain, arising from the response of the musculoskeletal structures to the primary cause.
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