Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health.
Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, headaches, and pain in the joints of the arms or legs.
Often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, we practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment.
The chiropractors at Palmer Chiropractic Center have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained in therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as expertise in recommending ergonomic and postural corrections.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.”
The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting and / or a contact injury, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time.
In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
"Dry Needling for the Chiropractic Tool Box" by Carol Marleigh Kline, JACA Online editor
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