Chiropractic is a doctorate achieved through 8 years of post-high school education. A 4 year bachelor’s degree is gained in a field of choice and then is furthered by another 4 year doctorate’s degree in chiropractic. The profession focuses not only on treatment of musculoskeletal injury but prevention as well. This is done by taking a thorough history followed by performing a physical assessment including range of motion, orthopedic testing and neurological testing. Treatment is geared to look at solving the problem, not just eliminating signs and symptoms. By solving the underlying problem and signs and symptoms take care of themselves.
The treatment methods that chiropractic uses are largely based on manipulating restricted joints that make up the complaint the patient is presenting with. These restricted joints may be a cause of tight the patient may present with. There is also the reverse of this scenario: that tight muscles may be causing the joint restriction in the first place. It’s a question of what came first, the chicken or the egg? This is why treatment at this clinic involves the chiropractor using muscle release therapies alongside the manipulations. By doing manipulation and soft tissue release better results are achieved, usually in a shorter time frame and over a longer period of time.
A lot of patients want to know what a manipulation actually entails. A manipulation is a safe, controlled movement that puts a joint through its entire range of motion and just beyond the end range. The release restores a full range of motion to the restricted joints and is done without any pain being felt. Manipulation has been extensively researched and has been shown to have high levels of safety alongside no ill side effects.
Many conditions have been found to gain relief through chiropractic treatment including: headaches (any and all kinds), degenerative joint diseases, rotator cuff issues and plantar fasciitis to name a few.