WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is that science and art based on the premise that good health
depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. When there is
interference in the nervous system caused by a misaligned or malfunctioning
spine, tissues and organs may not function properly. Detection of these
problem areas ("subluxations") and their correction by spinal manipulation
will relieve nerve interference and allow the spine and nervous system to
return to a healthy state. Correction of the problem and maintaining good
health is the goal of Chiropractic. Chiropractic is licensed in all 50
states. Fours years of post-undergraduate education are required and
culminate in a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Chiropractors perform a
comprehensive orthopedic, neurologic, and chiropractic examination after a
history of the injury is taken. The need for further testing, such as x-rays
and blood tests, is based on the findings of the history and examination.
Should the diagnosis show anything outside the scope of chiropractic care,
the conscientious sports chiropractor will refer the athlete to one of the
other health care specialties.
WHAT CAN BE TREATED WITH
The primary treatment of the Doctor of Chiropractic is manipulation (an
"adjustment") to those areas of the spine or surrounding joints which are
slightly displaced and fail to function normally. Given by hand (the word
chiropractic means "done by hand"), the adjustment will restore proper
alignment and function to the spinal joints, thereby restoring the normal
nerve transmission and healing potential to the vital structures of the
body. Therapeutic exercise, massage, and nutritional support are part of
patient care when appropriate. Injuries like sprains (ankle), strains (eg.
pulled muscles), tendinitis (eg. tennis elbow) and bursitis (eg. shoulder
pain) and joint problems in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee,
ankle, and foot can all be treated effectively with chiropractic care. These
are all good reasons to seek chiropractic care. However, the beauty of
Chiropractic is not only drug-free and surgery free care, but also
preventative and performance enhancing care.