The term Chiropractic means “done by hand”, and is a gentle, natural, alternative, drug-free and surgery free approach to achieving good health. The main function of a Chiropractor is the assessment of the spine and nervous system and achieving optimal functioning of these two elements.
A Chiropractor’s task is to evaluate the biomechanics of the spine and other joints, and therefore determining whether the individual vertebrae are moving freely. Any vertebrae that are “fixated” or displaced may cause the spinal nerve and the joint to become irritated, and in turn causing symptoms of neck pain, headaches, migraines, mid back pain, low back pain, sciatica, joint pain, decreased range of motion, muscular spasms, and even possibly sporting injuries. In essence the goal of the adjustments are to restore movement within the spinal joints where normal movement has been lost.
Chiropractic adjustments are performed mainly by hand and consists of a high velocity, low amplitude “thrust” or force being applied to the specific vertebra in the spine. These adjustments are safe and non-invasive, and some patients experience immediate relief once the normal joint motion is restored and the spinal nerve is relieved of any irritation. However, some patients may require a few treatments in order to correct the problem. As no two patients are the same, each patient reacts differently to treatments and the response to treatments are also different.