Chiropractic Treatment involves the chiropractor using their hands to adjust the joints of the spine and limbs where signs of restriction in movement are found; this aims to improve mobility and relieve pain. This treatment is known as ‘adjustment’ or ‘manipulation’, and the whole treatment typically lasts around 15 minutes.
Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of bones, muscles and joints that support the body (the musculoskeletal system). Some problems of the musculoskeletal system can be caused by stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and everyday wear and tear. These problems may cause pressure on a number of sensitive structures within the body.
By manipulating the joints, chiropractic treatment can improve flexibility and promote general well-being. Using this technique, chiropractic can help take the pressure off of sensitive structures in and around the spine that may be causing the discomfort.
Some of these sensitive structures become irritated and can lead to pain and other symptoms in other parts of the body; chiropractors have an in depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology and have a variety of tests to help identify the cause of the symptoms.
It is essential therefore that a very thorough medical history, physical examination and possibly an x-ray is undertaken.
Painful symptoms are a warning sign, which should not be ignored; a Chiropractor is trained to diagnose and treat the cause of the problem using manual therapy such as adjustments and various soft tissue techniques.
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