What is Chiropractic Care?
Developed in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, chiropractic care is rooted in the belief that the human body has a natural and powerful ability to heal itself. The body’s structure — bones, joints and muscles — and capacity for healthy function are closely intertwined. Chiropractic treatment helps balance your body’s structure and function while promoting self healing. Chiropractic care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and their effects on general health. Chiropractic treatments are often used to treat neuromusculoskeletal issues, including, but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
How Does Chiropractic Care Work ?
Chiropractic care is a hands-on, drug-free therapeutic approach to healthcare that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment of pain related to vertebral subluxations of the spine. A subluxation is the misalignment of one vertebrae in relation to the next. This misalignment can create a mechanical disturbance in the spinal structure that can disrupt the normal function of the body’s nervous system. Chiropractors can realign and correct subluxations through manual chiropractic adjustments, also referred to as spinal manipulations. During an adjustment a popping sound may be heard as the vertebrae are realigned. This is just the release of air when the joint space is opened, not the cracking of bones. The realigned vertebrae relieves the pressure on the surrounding nerves, reducing pain and increasing mobility.
What Does a Chiropractic Adjustment Feel Like?
Contrary to the common misconception that chiropractors “crack your back” which sounds potentially painful, chiropractic adjustments don’t hurt. During an adjustment you may feel mild pressure or discomfort. Many patients feel immediate relief after an adjustment while those receiving their first adjustment may experience slight soreness or discomfort for 12 – 24 hours following the adjustment. This is completely normal and similar to what you might feel after a workout. As this discomfort dissipates, you should experience decreased pain and increased mobility in the area the treatment is focused on.