What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care has a lot of similarities with other forms of physical rehabilitation, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy. However, what makes chiropractic care unique–in addition to its areas of focus–is its emphasis on physical alignment, manual manipulation, and the use of diagnostic imaging (like X-rays) as part of treatment.
Chiropractic care focuses on treating the following parts of the body:
Chiropractic Care vs. Physical Therapy
The key difference is that physical therapy focuses primarily on movement, while chiropractic care focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system.
Of course, neuromusculoskeletal issues can substantially impact movement, and vice-versa. This is one of the reasons why physical therapy can often be a component of chiropractic care. With that said, there are a few other differences between the practical approaches of each specialty:
Chiropractic Care vs. Occupational Therapy
The goal of occupational therapy is to make it as easy and painless as possible for patients to perform any activity after injury, illness, or disability. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, seeks to treat poor physical alignment, reduce undue strain on the body, and reduce pain or discomfort.
Treating Pain and Promoting Mobility
- Acute pain develops suddenly as the direct result of an injury or other affliction.
- Chronic pain either develops or persists over time.
Pain, stiffness, and discomfort don’t exist on their own; they are usually the body’s way of signaling to us that something is wrong.
Addressing the Root Cause of Symptoms
Chiropractors work closely with their patients, using both X-rays and physical exams to determine what could be causing the issue, then addressing those root causes at the source. Common causes of pain or stiffness that are targeted during chiropractic care include:
Poor spinal alignment
Disproportionate strain or stress
The Main Components of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care often entails the application of precise bursts of force to specific parts of the body. This is done because, over time, stress, poor posture, undue strain, and general wear and tear can cause the spine and other key parts of the body to become misaligned. This poor alignment can in turn lead to stiffness, discomfort, and even pain.
By restoring proper alignment and encouraging healthy mobility, chiropractors help patients achieve both short- and long-term relief.
Spinal decompression uses sophisticated machinery to safely stretch the spine, alleviating pressure and allowing the discs to heal.
Spinal Adjustment Misconceptions
When done correctly by a trained medical professional, spinal adjustment is none of those things–but it can bring you tremendous relief, reduce stiffness, bolster mobility, and minimize pain.
Manual Muscle Therapy
- Improved lymphatic flow, which is linked to a stronger immune system
- Longer and higher-quality sleep
- Pain reduction, which leads to a lower dependence on medications for pain management
- Preventing undue reliance on other body parts due to underdeveloped muscles, which avoids injury and misalignment
- Improving cardiovascular health
- Giving patients useful long-term tools that they can apply to their lifestyles beyond treatment
The Essential Approach
We work with every patient to find out their unique pain points, goals, and preferences in order to chart a course of treatment that makes sense for them.
No insurance constraints
We offer care plans that exist outside of the limitations of insurance so that each session can be tailored to your needs, not your policy.
Our attentive approach is designed to help you through every step of your recovery with one-of-a-kind solutions designed just for you.