What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic 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, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
The practice is a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Chiropractic physicians are renowned for their ability to help those injured in an auto accident or other trauma. However, chiropractic care is also effective in the treatment of most common musculoskeletal conditions such as scoliosis, headaches, TMD, rotator cuff strains, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee pain and plantar fascitis. In addition, some research has suggested that chiropractic care may also be helpful with some non-musculoskeletal conditions such as sinusitis, constipation, hypertension, bed-wetting and more. This is attributed to the increased flow of nerve energy following a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic care is not only safe but also very cost effective when compared with other forms of treatment for these and other conditions.
How Does it Work?
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. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
On your first visit to the chiropractor you will be interviewed about your health history in order to gain insight to the possible cause of the ailment. You will then be given a thorough examination of your muscular, skeletal and nervous system to determine which areas of the body are affected. Typically, a treatment will be given following the examination unless the diagnosis indicates the need for other medical attention. The first visit usually takes about forty-five to sixty minutes depending on the complexity of the ailment. Follow up visits typically last between twenty to thirty minutes.
Your chiropractor will put their hands over your misaligned vertebrae and will shift it back to its natural position. After your initial diagnostic session, a series of treatments will be conducted. In addition to the adjustment the chiropractor may also utilize modalities such as massage and physiotherapy. Chiropractors believe that when the proper care of the spine is neglected, the body becomes susceptible to disease and disorders. Consistency of care is vital for the treatment of the ailment. Missed visits may delay the healing process and may also decrease the benefits of chiropractic care.
Dr. Lal Kerr engages health and healing from a "whole Being" perspective. She discovered chiropractic through yoga, the practice of uniting body, mind and spirit. As yoga integrates the core of our physical being and the seat of our consciousness, principled chiropractic offers a similar opportunity. Chiropractic science recognizes the relationship between the health of the spine and nerve system and overall human health and wellbeing. Supporting this relationship accesses the body's selfhealing power, upports selfexpression, and enhances our ability to live life to our fullest capacity. Read more