Chiropractic is a manual approach to health care which includes patient assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. In particular, chiropractors assess patients for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, and extremity joints, as well as their effect on the nervous system. As a result of taking a patient history and performing a physical assessment, chiropractors are able to provide a differential diagnosis for the patient’s presenting condition(s) and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
A chiropractic adjustment is an art of applying a specific force in a precise direction to a joint that is restricted. This helps to release the joint so that it can again move properly. The result is improved muscle, joint, and nervous system function. A strong emphasis is also placed on rehabilitation exercises, especially in long-standing or recurring problems.
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 restricted in their movement as a result of a soft tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function to the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Grove Spine & Sports Care will refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the healthcare team.
Soft Tissue Treatment with Chiropractic
In conjunction with standard chiropractic treatment, our doctors incorporate soft tissue techniques (e.g. active release techniques) to more effectively facilitate healing and allow for a much gentler adjustment.
Hardened and stuck together (adhesed-fibrosed) soft tissues will restrict movement of the bones at the joint creating abnormal motion. By treating and therefore removing the cause of the joint restriction, the adjustment is more effective and longer lasting. Also, the bones and joints move easier allowing for a gentler chiropractic adjustment.