Chiropractic medicine can provide a number of important benefits, from relieving muscle and joint pain, tension, and stress to improving joint movement, nerve communication, and posture, which can be good for overall health. Learn more about what a chiropractor can do for you below.
The body is made up of a complex network of different systems that all work together to allow the body to function correctly. The musculoskeletal system that is composed of bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues supports your body weight and helps you to move and carry out tasks. If there is a problem, such as a misalignment in the spine, joint problem, or trapped nerve, it can cause symptoms such as pain, discomfort, inflammation, and weakness, all of which can prevent you from carrying out many day-to-day activities.
The primary focus of chiropractic medicine is to diagnose and treat mechanical disorders in the musculoskeletal system, predominantly in the spine. Chiropractors use a range of different manual techniques to address the underlying cause of symptoms in order to effectively reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent symptoms from returning. Realigning the spine also helps all of the body systems to function better, promoting overall health and wellbeing.
What Conditions Can a Chiropractor Treat?
Injuries, disease, and age-related conditions can all cause discomfort, pain, stiffness, and problems with movement and function. Chiropractors can help to effectively treat a variety of conditions and symptoms, as well as prevent problems in the future. They specialize in the following symptoms and chiropractic treatments:
- Back and neck pain
- Spinal/extremity adjustments
- Sports Injuries
- Joint pain/stiffness such as shoulder, hip and knee pain
- Chronic headaches
- Pediatric adjustments
- Prenatal adjustments
- Muscle spasms
- Disc problems
- Pinched nerves
- Tension and stress
Back and neck problems may be caused by inflamed muscles or tendons, pinched nerves, or misaligned vertebrae, but posture, emotional stress, and lifestyle choices can also lead to pain and dysfunction, which may radiate to different areas of the body, such as the neck, arms, or legs.
Improvement in Overall Health
The nervous system, consisting of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, is the body’s primary control system. It carries messages and transmits information to all the areas of the body, and sensory receptors send signals to the brain to register sensations, such as pain. Chiropractors focus primarily on the spine and the skull to assess where particular neuro-musculoskeletal problems are that can result in pain, mobility problems, and other issues. Their aim is to identify and adjust spinal misalignments that can interfere with the nerve messages between the brain and the rest of the body.
Chiropractors understand that the whole-body system works better with a correctly functioning nervous system. They use a variety of natural hands-on, non-invasive modalities, and focus on restoring, preserving, and enhancing overall health. Treatment can restore the structural integrity of the spine and reduce pressure on sensitive neurological tissue. It can also help to release endorphins, which can help to improve mood, reduce stress, and enhance overall health. A chiropractor can help to:
- Reduce or eliminate pain
- Increase energy and focus
- Improve sleep quality
- Reduce headaches
- Improve nerve communication
- Decrease stress and tension
- Improve posture and breathing
- Improve immune function
- Better overall health
What Can I Expect At My Appointment?
At your first appointment, your chiropractor will assess your medical history and symptoms, and carry out a physical examination. Sometimes, diagnostic tests such as an X-ray may be necessary to assess problem areas.
Your chiropractor will explain the techniques they will use to help you. Treatment involves careful and skillful spinal manipulation and mobilization to correct misalignment and improve spine mobility. Chiropractors typically use hands-on therapy, using a range of short, sharp movements that work to manipulate muscles, bones, and joints. They may focus on moving joints into different positions and pull or stretch muscles to relieve pain and tension and improve movement. A chiropractor may introduce other modalities such as massage, electrical stimulation, exercise programs, and nutritional and lifestyle advice in order to relieve symptoms, speed up recovery after injuries, and to prevent future problems.
Treatment is not usually painful, but it may cause temporary discomfort during treatment. Typically, there is also an audible release of gases from joint cavitation during treatment, but this is normal and helps to release joint pressure.
Chiropractic Medicine in Wooster, Ohio
If you would like to find out how chiropractic medicine can benefit you, contact the experienced chiropractor at HealthPoint, the outpatient wellness facility at Wooster Community Hospital.
We specialize in a range of chiropractic treatments, including spinal/extremity adjustments, pediatric adjustments, and prenatal adjustments, to provide relief from pain and help improve overall health and wellbeing.
For more information about the chiropractic services offered at HealthPoint, Wooster Community Hospital’s outpatient facility, call us today at (330) 202-3318.