What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a form of therapy that is based on the understanding that good health is hugely dependent on the normal functioning of the nervous system, with the spine and nerves extending to all parts of the body. Chiropractors or chiropractic doctors help realign the spine that interferes with the nerve signals that were transmitted by the brain.
Chiropractic emphasizes greatly on the innate ability of the human body to naturally heal itself. Typically, a chiropractic treatment session involves manual therapy that often includes spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation aims to improve the mechanical function of the person and reduce pain.
What does a chiropractor do?
After taking a case history of the patient, the chiropractor examines the spine to identify any underlying injuries, accidents, or tension that might be the cause of irritation to the roots of the spinal nerves. By reducing or eliminating this irritation, the body will start to operate more comfortably and more efficiently. The chiropractor may also refer using x-rays, massage, or physiotherapy to the patient if it is considered to be necessary for the treatment.
Chiropractors will put a huge emphasis on the nutritional and exercise programmes, including advice on lifestyle modifications, as they believe that the human body is a self regulating organism with an innate potential of becoming healthy.
The manual methods used by chiropractors range from stretching and sustained pressure to specific joint manipulations, which are delivered usually by hand and involve a gentle and quick thrust. The purpose of these manipulations is to improve the range of motion of the joints and their function. The manipulations are most commonly performed on the spine, but it can also be used to treat other parts of the body. Oftentimes, chiropractors offer to treat problems related to the musculoskeletal system.
During a chiropractic session, the patient may need to be unclothed for the treatment involving gentle manipulation of the spine. The treatments are typically performed on a special chiropractic table. The length and frequency of the treatment will vary depending on the degree of severity presented on the problem.
Benefits of seeing a chiropractor
Generally, spinal manipulation and chiropractic is considered a safe, effective treatment for lower back pain.
In addition, it is said that chiropractors can help treat patients with the following:
- Leg pain (sciatica)
- Neck pain
- Repetitive strains
- Sports-related injuries
- Injuries from accidents
- Arthritic pain