Happiness lies, first of all, in health. - George William Curtis
Maintaining proper spinal alignment is an important consideration in overall health. Chiropractors specialize in locating misplaced spinal vertebrae (subluxation) that are compromising joints, nerves, muscles, or internal organs. Using safe and effective techniques, Chiropractors reposition the misplaced vertebrae to reduce pain, tension and inflammation. A few conditions known to respond effectively include: sports injuries, motor vehicle accident injuries, postural strain, chronic musculoskeletal pain, and scoliosis.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.