Benefits of Chiropractic Care
On September 18, 1895 Dr. Daniel David Palmer performed the first ever recorded chiropractic adjustment. Since then, chiropractic has grown to be the second only to medicine as the largest primary health care provider in the western world.
A Doctor of Chiropractic is a primary healthcare professional with extensive training in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders related to the spine, the nervous system, and the extremities – including the hands and feet. The correction of these disorders and their negative effects on your health, athletic performance and quality of life are the primary foci of Chiropractic Doctors.
The word chiropractic comes from Greek meaning “done by hand”.
At Progressive Sports Medicine, highly skilled Chiropractic Doctors with at least 8 years of post-secondary education perform chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractors focus on the source of pain, not the symptoms. Adjustments are applied to joints that are found to have reduced mobility in either the spine or the extremities. An adjustment relieves restores normal movement to the joints, reduces swelling and inflammation in the surrounding tissue and nerves thereby reducing pain, numbness and tingling while increasing your range of motion. During an adjustment, the crack that is heard is a release of air from within the joints is heard.
Direct affects that can be felt after an adjustment:
- Increasing joint mobility and range of motion
- Decreasing localized inflammation associated with joint stasis
- Decreasing localized nerve irritation associated with inflammation
- Decreasing the 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.
Some symptoms of a back problem are:
- 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. 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.
There are three levels of care that Chiropractors provide:
- Relief Care – this provided for acute pain and discomfort
- Corrective Care – this is provided to treat long term spinal problems
- Supportive or Maintenance Care – this is provided 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 thorough case history on what is affecting you
- Analysis your posture and ranges of motion
- A test of your muscle strength, flexibility, and coordination
- Orthopaedic tests to help determine your diagnosis
- A neurological exam including a reflexes, sensory tests and cranial nerves
- Analysis of your movement (like walking and how you lift things)
This comprehensive examination will give the chiropractor a clear picture of your overall health and of your condition. You will be given a diagnosis of your condition, what therapies are recommended to correct it, what you can do at home to speed your recovery and how long it is estimated to return to pre accident status.
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