On September 18, 1895 Dr. Daniel David Palmer performed the first ever recorded chiropractic adjustment. Since then, chiropractic has grown to be second – only to medicine – as the largest primary health care provider in the western world.
The word chiropractic comes from Greek, meaning “done by hand” and it is performed by highly trained professionals. We focus on the source of pain, not the symptoms and adjustments are applied to areas of reduced mobility in either the spine or the extremities. An adjustment relieves pressure on the joints and the surrounding nerves, and allows your spine to return to its proper position. During an adjustment, it is normal for a natural release of air from within the joints to be heard.
Immediate effects that can be felt after an adjustment:
- Increased joint mobility and range of motion
- Decreased localized inflammation associated with joint stasis
- Decreased localized nerve irritation associated with inflammation
- Decreased pain associated with localized nerve irritation and muscle spasm
Overall, adjustments improve joint motion, which decreases inflammation in the area.
Car accidents, stress, work-related injuries, sports injuries, poor posture, improper lifting or sprains can cause back problems.
Symptoms of a back problem can include:
- Leg pain with numbness, tingling, and/or weakness
- Back pain when coughing or sneezing
- Difficulty standing up after sitting for any period of time
- Stiffness in the morning that decreases once you move around
- Pain in your hip, buttock, thigh, knee or foot
- Unable to bend or turn to each side equally
- Unbalanced posture
- Sleeping problems
- Pain that persists or worsens after 48 hours
The vertebra in the back is connected by cartilage and when everything is working together, your spine is in-line, strong and flexible. However, after the stress of daily living or an accident or injury has occurred, the spine can shift out of alignment and can affect your range of motion. This can cause pain by putting pressure on the different joints and nerves along the spinal column.
The following are three levels of care that chiropractors can provide:
- Relief Care – this is for acute pain and discomfort
- Corrective Care – this is to treat long term spinal problems
- Supportive or Maintenance Care – this is intended to help maintain and enjoy the benefits that have been achieved from relief and corrective care.
To assess the level of care, the chiropractor may perform some of the following tests:
- A check of your reflexes
- A test of your muscle strength, flexibility, and coordination
- Analysis your posture
- Analysis of your movement (including observations of your walking and how you lift objects)
By performing these tests, this will give the chiropractor a clearer picture of your overall health.