Chiropractic treatment and how it works
Chiropractic treatment or adjustment utilizes the highly refined skills developed during 5 intensive years of Chiropractic Education. It involves safe, specific force, to the joints of the spine or elsewhere in the body that are fixated (not moving properly) or out of alignment in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint functioning and mobility. The adjustment is usually performed by hand, though your Chiropractor can use a specialised instrument such as an activator to achieve the adjustment or Chiropractic couch to assist it. More information about Our Techniques.
Chiropractic adjustments rarely cause discomfort. Your Chiropractor adapts their care to meet your specific needs. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
The "art" of adjusting requires skill and training rather than brute strength. That is why even slightly built Chiropractors can perfrom excellent adjustments on all patients regardless of their size.
Individual exercises, stretches, postural and ergonomic advice may also be given along with recommending you to other specialised therapists to aid you in achieving your health goals and to help prevent the recurrence of specific conditions in the future.
Chiropractic treatment has been proven to be effective and safe. In May 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on the early management of low back pain within the NHS (CG88) recommended, as one option, a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and massage.
How Does Chiropractic Work?
Chiropractic is based upon the understanding that good health depends upon a normally functioning nervous system.
Chiropractic works by helping to restore your inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissue, and organs of your body are designed to function well and resist disease and ill health. The Chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help reduce interferences to your nervous system allowing for a natural state of being healthy.
A common interference to the nervous system occurs within the twenty four moving bones of the spinal column (termed a subluxation). A loss of normal motion or position of these bones can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system. This can disrupt the transmission of nerve impulses.
Chiropractors aim to improve nervous system function primarily through Chiropractic Adjustments, with particular attention to the spine, skull and pelvis, to help remove any interference that may be impairing normal health. Adjustments help to realign joints and to regain more normal mobility and function, thereby relieving muscle spasm (often the casue of the pain) and nerve irritation (which can casue local or referred pain).
The word disease is a combination of 'dis' and 'ease'. 'Dis' is a prefix meaning “apart from” and ease meaning a “state of balance.” It follows then that dis-ease is a lack of comfort, a loss in harmony in the system. When there is a lack of harmony in music, the musician adjusts the notes to complement each other. That’s exactly what a chiropractic adjustment strives to do, restore body harmony.
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- How Permanent are the Results?
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