Chiropractic originated as a 19th century alternative medical approach emphasizing the physical manipulation of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Today, doctors of chiropractic (DC) study and practice in a way that incorporates much of the same curriculum taught in conventional medical schools, while uniquely focusing on conservative approaches to neuromuscular conditions. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed healthcare professionals who must complete 4 years of graduate level education after a obtaining a 4-year bachelors degree.
Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which chiropractors use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force (High velocity low amplitude) to a spinal joint. The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and improve your body's physical function.
Common reasons chiropractic adjustments are performed include:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Whip Lash
- Pinched Nerves
An accompanying, audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure and provides a relieving sensation most times.
Chiropractic adjustments are safe an effective - clinically proven safer than other-the-counter ibuprofen and the most common side effect is mild soreness or achy feeling to the area. Utilizing different techniques such as instrument tools can decrease any minor soreness.