Chiropractic is the third largest branch of the healing arts next to Medicine and Dentristry. It is a specialty within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team (MD, DO, PT) which focuses primarily on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on overall health.
Chiropractors utilize manual therapy (by hand) and by two means of therapy. Passive therapy care model is generally utilized for a few visits to reduce pain and inflammation. The patients are then moved into active therapy care models as they improve with the use of exercises, stretching, range of motion movement, etc. The care focus is on restoring mobility and function while decreasing discomfort.
Chiropractic treatment is accomplished by hand which is a low force, high velocity low amplitude manipulation of the spinal joints or extremity joints (the chiropractic adjustment). It is very comfortable and the purpose is to help stretch the involved muscle tissues and joints, increase range of motion of the joints and to provide pain relief. This can also be accomplished in some cases with the assistance of anesthesia via manipulation under anesthesia with fibrosis release procedures (performed by specially trained chiropractors and includes me).
Complaints that respond well to chiropractic are: myofascial pain syndrome, Type I CRPS, headaches, neck pain, back pain, joint hypomobility, frozen shoulder, disc issues up to and including extrusion, motor vehicle injury complaints (whiplash and MTBI), TMJ pain, pregnancy related back pain and carpel tunnel syndrome.