How Chiropractic Treatments Can Help Improve Overall Health

Doctor showing spine on patient demonstrating need for chiropractic treaments Chiropractors are specialized health care professionals who focus on treating a variety of conditions through manipulation of the spine. Chiropractic treatments are based on the theory that numerous health problems are caused by subluxations or vertebrae that are out of place, which leads to joint and nerve dysfunction and muscle congestion. By adjusting the spine to remove or reduce the subluxation, proper nerve signaling and blood flow are restored. Some common conditions that may see improvement with chiropractic treatment include: -- Back pain -- Migraines and other headaches -- Joint pain in the extremities -- Neck pain A typical chiropractic visit may include the following treatments: -- Spinal manipulation either manually or with specially designed instruments -- Mobilization, including stretching and low-velocity manipulation, designed to increase a patient's range of motion -- Physical therapy, such as ultrasound and traction -- Massage therapy to stimulate blood flow and relax the muscles Chiropractors may also prescribe exercises and treatments for the patient to continue outside of visits. Stretching exercises, range-of-motion exercises, and strength-building exercises are all common. If the patient is troubled by a condition like flat feet that may cause misalignment in the pelvis, the chiropractor may also recommend orthotic inserts to help with stabilization and alignment. Patients can take several measures to be sure that they are getting the most out of their chiropractic sessions. Eating a healthy diet and getting proper nutrition are important steps when undergoing any kind of medical treatment and can eliminate many root causes of health conditions. Additionally, getting enough exercise helps to maintain muscle tone and good posture.