Chiropractic care is focused on removing subluxations (joints that are not moving properly) from the spine and restoring normal motion, which allows the nervous system to function more optimally. Chiropractic care stems from the premise that the health of the body is dependent upon the health of the nervous system. In order for the brain to communicate properly with the rest of the body, the spinal cord must be functioning properly. Subluxations can be caused by physical, chemical or mental stressors which irritate the spinal cord creating a dysfunctional circuit. This can lead to musculoskeletal problems but can also contribute to decreased organ and systemic function too. Chiropractic adjustments aid in correcting and preventing nervous system dysfunction and musculoskeletal problems.
Chiropractic care has consistently proven to be an effective treatment for low back pain. Studies show that it is safer and more cost-effective than pain medications or surgery. Other conditions that may improve with chiropractic care include headaches, neck and upper back pain, hip pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, shoulder pain, earaches, vertigo, knee pain, elbow pain, and ankle and foot dysfunction. Though traditionally associated with caring for the back and neck, chiropractors are trained to evaluate and treat any and all joints in the body.
Chiropractic care has shown to help a variety of conditions across all age groups and populations. From reducing back pain in elderly patients to aiding competitive athletes optimize their performance, chiropractors cover a broad spectrum of patients. Chiropractic care may be beneficial throughout pregnancy, often being associated with smoother, shorter labor and fewer complications during delivery. Infants may experience improvements in sleep, decreased constipation and less colic when under chiropractic care. As children grow and develop, chiropractic care can be useful to minimize joint dysfunction and allow for unhindered maturation and neural development. Regular chiropractic care also helps to decrease stress, improve quality of sleep and provide a boost to the immune system.