Chiropractic is a straight-forward method of adjusting the bones of your body to improve the function of your skeleton, and through this process help the nervous system to work more efficiently. The purpose of chiropractic care is to rebalance your body to relieve pain and discomfort, and increase mobility.
Your spinal column is made up of 24 moveable vertebrae, plus the sacrum and the coccyx. It houses the spinal cord through which nerve information is transmitted from the brain to the rest of your body. When the spinal column functions correctly, nerve information is passed accurately. However, if any part of your spine becomes restricted or otherwise impaired then nerve function may become compromised. The injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain and reduced function.
Joint problems and pain can occur for many reasons; some of the most common are incorrect lifting, car or sporting accidents, falls, stress, illness, and poor posture. Overuse, disuse or other incorrect uses of the body can also contribute. This can lead to pain, discomfort (such as numbness or pins and needles), or restricted mobility.
Chiropractors are highly trained to correct your problem areas by using quick, dexterous and accurate adjustments which are generally comfortable for you to receive. They can help to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of tissue injury, so helping to alleviate pain and muscle tightness.
Today, chiropractic is the largest primary healthcare profession in the western world after medicine and dentistry. It focuses on problems involving the muscles, skeleton and nervous system, and their effects on general health. Chiropractors practise a drug-free, hands-on approach including patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. They are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and specific lifestyle advice.