Chiropractic care is non-invasive health treatment that focuses on the spinal problems. In chiropractic care, diagnosis, treatment, and preventive care will be done to the patients. The practitioners of chiropractic or also called chiropractor will conduct a manual hands-on approach to treat any disorders on the spine, pelvis, joints and nerve system.
When patients suffering those types of disorders, a chiropractor will take a complete history of their health and have a diagnosis on the patients along with physical examination, with a special emphasis on the spine. Other examinations for the diagnosis can also include x-rays. Based on the diagnosis, a combination of treatments will be applied as part of the care of the patients. A chiropractor can also recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies. Since chiropractors have taken a range of training, they can also provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Chiropractic treatment is part of the overall chiropractic care. But, what is chiropractic treatment? Chiropractic treatments consist of many types of adjustments and other manual therapies as part of the chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustment will be applied to the spinal area affected, either using hands or devices. These adjustments are to restore the quality and range of the motions of the affected area. Another type manual approach in chiropractic treatment is joint mobilization.
Besides the manual approach, several other treatments and approaches are also applied, including:
- Heat and ice
- Relaxation techniques
- Dietary supplements
- Counseling on diet, weight loss, and some other lifestyle factors
- Electrical stimulation
- Rehabilitative and general exercise
Chiropractic treatment is frequently used as primary method of treatments, in certain condition like lower back pain. Meanwhile, in other cases, chiropractic treatment functions as complement or supporting medical treatment to relieve musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractic treatment can also relieve the symptoms of chronic condition. And some reports state that chiropractic treatment can be applied to maintain overall health.
Here is a list of spinal and musculoskeletal problems that can be relieved through chiropractic treatment:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Strains and sprains
- Work and sport injuries
- Limited motion range in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs