Chiropractic comes from the Greek words cheir (hands) and praktikos (efficient). It was practiced by priest healers in ancient Egypt and for centuries by Asian healers. Today, it is practiced worldwide and sometimes combined with other treatments such as massage therapy and physical therapy. Chiropractic is a non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical, hands-on approach that focuses on neuromusculoskeletal disorders with the goal to help create good relationship between the body’s skeletal and muscular structure and its functions.
Holding on to the basic concepts that illness stems from underlying “subluxations” or spinal bones that are slightly out of place and that our bodies have innate self-healing abilities, chiropractic is considered a non-invasive approach that usually involves manipulating the bones of the spine to correct medical problems. Chiropractors claim manipulating the bones of the spine can correct compressed nerves and other unnatural relationships between bones and nerves. Healthy nervous system creates balance among systems and organs, thus improves overall health. Chiropractic is a combined practice of massage therapy, osteopathy and physiotherapy that includes patient examination, diagnosis, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise and dietary/ lifestyle counseling. Most patients seeking chiropractic care severely suffer from back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms/ legs or headache.
| What can Chiropractic do for you?
If you are suffering from these conditions and problems, you will benefit from seeing our highly experienced chiropractors:
Low back and leg pain
Headaches and migraines
Shoulder and neck pain
Chronic post surgical pain
Carpal tunnel and compartment disorders
Sports injury; rotator cuff tears, Tennis and Golfers elbow
Knee, hip and ankle injury
Work injury and repetitive strain
Muscular and ligamentous sprains and strains
| Who are candidates for chiropractic?
Pretty much anyone who has suffered from musculoskeletal pain. However, NOT everyone in pain is a candidate for chiropractic, especially if you have one of these conditions, you may not be candidates for chiropractic and need to consult your physicians before undergoing chiropractic.
1. People with bleeding problems or those taking blood-thinning medications may have a higher risk of stroke caused by manipulation of the spine.
2. People with cancer
3. People with chronic conditions such as heart disease or arthritis
4. People with weakened bones such as elderly people or those with osteoporosis.
5. Open wounds
6. People with high blood pressure
7. Pregnant women, who should avoid having the therapy done over the spine, pelvis or abdomen
8. Unhealed, complicated fractures
| Chiropractic possible complications
Chiropractic is generally safe especially when done by qualified and experienced chiropractors. The purpose of Chiropractic is to eliminate vertebral subluxations, to keep the body as subluxation free as possible. That is usually a positive adjustment that could not do harm. Every adjustment is safe. As a matter of fact, our bodies adjust themselves thousands times a day every time you move. Chiropractors step in only when your bodies are unable to adjust themselves perfectly and chiropractors help your bodies to complete those adjustments. However, patients should be well aware of these possible complications:
1. mild stiffness or soreness after treatment
2. fractures in ribs or vertebras
3. The most widely publicized but the least likely to occur of all potential side effects is a stroke that may happen after cervical manipulation
We strive to provide the highest level of care to our patients and our chiropractors continuously keep up with the latest medical and chiropractic research. We value the importance of educating and communicating with patients to make sure that their main health concerns have been thoroughly addressed and also that they have obtained essential information about spinal care and about their overall health.
Please feel free to contact us for any further information and make an appointment with our chiropractors.
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