Introduction to Chiropractic

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is safe, simple, and effective health care. Chiropractic is a hands-on, drugless healing art, emphasizing the correction of musculoskeletal dysfunction in the spine and other joints. At Hands On Wellness, correction is obtained using a variety of safe, effective manipulation and mobilization techniques. Muscle work, rehabilitative exercises, and advice on posture and lifestyle modification help to make the correction a lasting one. Usually people seek out a chiropractor for relief of pain. Chiropractic is also helpful for improving function and movement, optimizing athletic or dance performance, prevention of pain, and increasing overall health.

Doctors of Chiropractic complete a four year doctorate program similar in scope to that for medical doctors and osteopaths, and take rigorous national and state licensing exams. All three of our doctors graduated as valedictorians at the top chiropractic schools in the country. Because not all techniques are appropriate for every patient, we are trained in many different chiropractic procedures, including traditional manipulation and low force techniques. Our doctors also have additional training in care of the extremities and soft tissue therapies. We are trained to recognize when a certain condition needs referral to an outside source and have cultivated a terrific network of doctors, therapists, and other practitioners in the area to make sure you get the most comprehensive care possible.

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment in chiropractic refers to the therapeutic movement of a bone or joint to restore its normal function. Misalignment or dysfunction in a joint can cause pain because a joint is not moving correctly or is not in its normal alignment. This is easy to understand for most people; they make an appointment because “their back went out.” What many people don’t realize is that this dysfunction can cause a host of problems such as:

  • muscle spasm or imbalance
  • restricted movement
  • inflammation
  • predisposition to degeneration
  • inhibition or irritation of your nervous system

All of these affect your overall health.

Your body is controlled by your Nervous System. Your brain, spinal cord, and all of the nerves in your body work to keep all aspects of you functioning. These spinal nerves exit through areas of your spinal column. When one of the bones in your spine is not in the right place, there may be pressure on the nearby nerve. This can interfere with its transmission and ultimately affect how you function. In chiropractic, we closely examine the spine to look for those areas of interference, called subluxation, and we correct the problem with a subtle joint shift referred to as an “adjustment.”  Your doctor can tell you more, and answer any questions you may have, during your initial appointment.