Chiropractic adjustments and spinal adjustment are interchangeable terms employed by many chiropractors to define their techniques for spinal manipulation, and even some physical therapists, who also use the word adjustment. Chiropractic is basically a branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. The term was first used by the Chinese and has been adopted by westerners as an acceptable alternative to medical practices. Chiropractic can be traced back as far as the early Hippocrates, who recommended treating patients not just for their symptoms, but for the cause of the disorder.
Chiropractic methods are often based around the belief that a dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system results in interference with the normal functioning of the nervous system and consequently with a variety of other bodily functions. This can result in pain and discomfort and can result in abnormal levels of blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, low energy levels, muscular weakness or soreness and a loss of co-ordination. When there is a malfunctioning nervous system, the result is subluxation, which is the real cause of these ailments. The subluxation can be caused by a range of factors including spinal misalignment, abnormal spinal motion, subluxation within the neck itself, injury to the neck itself, or even poor posture.
One of the most important keys to successful chiropractic care is to ask questions. A good chiropractic adjustment treatment plan should not merely attempt to control pain by manipulating the area where pain occurs, but should go beyond that to try to correct the underlying cause of the problem. This means that your chiropractor will ask you about the type of pain, when it began, where it is occurring and how long you have suffered it. They will then assess the extent of the problem and look at your lifestyle. It may be helpful to also accompany your assessment with a journal detailing your daily activities.
Chiropractic adjustments are also very effective when they are performed on patients who have had muscle imbalance for many years. Muscle imbalance is caused by subluxations, which are essentially small or deep imbalances in the spine. Chiropractic care can help to correct these imbalances, thereby eliminating or reducing pain and thereby increasing range of motion. These treatments can also be used on patients who have had trauma or injury, as these can also result in subluxation.
Chiropractic care is an appropriate treatment for a number of conditions, including arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, whiplash, shingles, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, shoulder pain, migraines and chronic fatigue syndrome. If you’ve been experiencing consistent joint pain over a long period of time, and if your medical professional has recommended muscular therapy or chiropractic care, it’s likely that the joint pain is the result of subluxations. Although it’s not unusual for some joints to have slight movement during sleep, the pain is typically felt whenever you move your body. It’s important to note that some types of joint pain, such as fibromyalgia and tennis elbow, are routinely treated without surgery. Osteoarthritis is treated with non-surgical techniques, such as exercise, dietary changes and pain medications.
In most cases, chiropractic treatment is an effective treatment for mild to moderate back pain. If you’re suffering from more severe back pain, you should seek immediate medical attention. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for seeing a chiropractor, and almost all of the people who see a chiropractor for back pain find that the treatment helps to eliminate the pain. Chiropractic treatment can benefit those people with serious back pain, but it’s important to note that it’s a separate treatment from electrical stimulation.