Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
A Natural Systemic Approach to Healing
Chiropractic is a way of looking at the human body as a whole. It’s based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing.
Your body is controlled by your brain, but the spinal cord and vast network of nerves that carry its messages are just as important. When this system is not functioning at its peak, your body’s overall performance suffers.
Chiropractors examine this interaction between the nerves and your body to ensure that it is functioning properly. If not, you may need a chiropractic adjustment.
The Chiropractic Adjustment
Chiropractors do not use drugs and surgery to treat patients. Today, drugs and prescriptions are used to often used to cover up symptoms rather than treating the source of the problem. Chiropractors evaluated and treat the problem naturally with adjustments to the bones of the spine which prompts the body to heal itself.
A chiropractic adjustment involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Adjustments can be done manually, with an instrument, or computer assisted. Align Health is the only clinic in the Andover area to offer both manual and computer assisted adjustments.
Apart from adjustments, chiropractors may use a variety of modalites including ice, heat, ultrasound, cold laser, exercise therapy, as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
Who can benefit from Chiropractic?
Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with many different health issues. Some of these issues include ear infections, fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, and headaches among many more. Contact us for a FREE consultation to see if you could benefit from chiropractic care!
Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions as noted below..
Arthritis can cause symptoms of inflammation, pain, and stiffness. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Doctors of Chiropractic can design a specific action plan to address your pain.
It is critical that chiropractic care is sought immediately after an automobile accident since allowing the effects of whiplash to go untreated can induce long-term pain. The seriousness of the physical effects of an accident is not always known or felt immediately following. It can take days, weeks or even months for major symptoms to show up, which is why chiropractic care is essential to maintaining the health of a spine that has been through a trauma.
A balance disorder can cause an individual to feel unsteady, or dizzy. Vertigo is a related symptom in which the individual has the perceived sensation of spinning. Chiropractic care is shown to improve balance and coordination.
Carpal Tunnel can cause pain, as well as tingling and numbness in your hand, and stems from the buildup of pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including incorrectly typing on a computer keyboard, as well as pregnancy. Chiropractic care can help to erase the pain, while making sure it doesn’t come back.
Disc Degeneration can cause a wide-variety of pain throughout the body, and often gets worse with movements such as bending over, reaching up, or twisting. The discs separate your vertebrae by acting as soft, compressible, “shock” absorbers within the spine, and can flare up in a number of widespread ways. An affected disc in the neck area may result in neck or arm pain, while an affected disc in the lower back may result in pain in the back or down your leg. Chiropractic care can help restore motion and decrease pain.
Characterized by widespread bouts of muscular pain throughout the body, fibromyalgia can leave patients feeling stiff with tender points of pain, and can easily disturb sleep, increasing levels of fatigue and frustration. Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to track down the pain and help the body get rid of it fast!
Migraines are no ordinary headaches, and are often described as a vice-like squeezing within the head. People affected by migraines might also experience sensitivity to both noise and sound, as well as blurry vision and nausea. A simple chiropractic adjustment can do wonders for migraine sufferers by assuring the headaches are less painful and less frequent.
Pain in the legs can interfere with many basic activities like running, walking and even sitting. Causes of leg pain can range from issues with the leg itself to those in the back and spine or even in the nerves! A Chiropractor can help by finding the cause of your pain and get you back to living!
Low back pain affects millions of people each year and can be brought on by something as simple as getting out of bed. Lower back pain becomes more common as the discs separating the vertebrae lose fluid and flexibility, which decreases the cushioning separating the vertebrae. Chiropractic care and therapeutic exercise can help to restore lost flexibility and strength.
Muscle Tension is a tensing-up of the muscles often brought on by periods of stress, tension, or exercise, and can cause flare-ups of back and body pain. Chiropractic care can ease the pain by helping the body ease itself back into place, eliminating pain and discomfort.
Neck pain and neck stiffness can result from tension and/or muscle strain, and commonly affects regions near the neck, including the shoulder, jaw, head and upper arms. The term “stiff” neck is often used to describe the pain that results when moving your neck, especially from side-to-side. Chiropractic care can relieve your pain by freeing trapped nerves and easing stiff joints.
A bulging or ruptured disc can irritate the sciatic nerve and cause pain, tingling, or numbness through the extensions of the nerve throughout the lower back and lower body. Some patients compare the pain to that of a burning sensation. A quick and easy spinal adjustment could potentially unlock your stiffened spine and joints, freeing you from pain.
Scoliosis is defined by an abnormal curve with the spine, and can affect a wide range of ages, from young children to older adults. Scoliosis can lead to an unbalanced posture as well as back pain, and is known to get worse unless the condition is treated.
Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic can be used to optimize wellness, not just treat pain.
Subluxation refers to misalignment or dysfunction in your spine, which will interfere with the signals traveling across those nerves. This can cause pain, as well as dysfunction in your internal organs
Getting regular chiropractic treatments can help prevent progressive spinal degeneration, i.e. osteoarthritis or disc disease
Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, is referred to as whiplash. Whether from a car accident, sports, or an accident at work, whiplash or other neck injuries warrant a thorough chiropractic check-up.
When workplace injuries impair your ability to perform your usual work and recreational activities they impair your quality of life. If you have been injured on the job, make sure you get the expertise and level of care needed to get you back to your normal self. Chiropractic care is often the best treatment option for common workplace injuries.