Chiropractic: Reducing Pain and Restoring Function
Dr. Anthony DeWald, D.C.
Chiropractic is defined by the American Chiropractic Association as, “a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system, and the effects these disorders have on general health”. Doctors of Chiropractic practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care which involves patient examination, diagnosis and treatment through chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors have additional training and are able to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
How can a chiropractor help me?
Chiropractors treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions such as: neck pain, back pain, headaches, migraines, disc herniations, upper and lower extremity pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic pain and more. A doctor of chiropractic will perform a thorough exam based on the patient’s chief complaint and health history followed by any necessary orthopedic and neurological tests. These tests will better enable the doctor to understand exactly what is causing your symptoms, thus allowing them to more effectively treat the cause of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms. One of the primary tools chiropractors use is spinal manipulation. This is performed by palpating the spine to find areas that are not moving properly or what we would define as, areas of hypomobility. The adjustment is performed by placing a specific force through the hypomobile joints in order to restore normal joint function, leading to decreased pain and inflammation. Spinal manipulation is very safe and has minimal, if any side effects. Occasionally a patient will experience some mild post-exercise like soreness post manipulation which often dissipates within 24 hours. Compared to other treatment options, such as over the counter medication or prescription medication chiropractic is a very safe and effective approach. Doctors of Chiropractic enjoy a very high rate of patient satisfaction which is reflective of the quality of care they provide to each and every patient.