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An In-Depth Look at Chiropractic

By Debra Rodzinak

The chiropractic health care profession believes deeply in the relationship between the body’s spine and how it affects the rest of the body.  Chiropractors use gentle pressure to the spine and joints of the body to alleviate pain, improve function, and help the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

History and Overview

The word chiropractic comes from Greek words that mean hand and practice.  This hands-on-therapy is the key to chiropractic care.  The relationship between the spine and the nervous system is the primary belief of the chiropractic profession.

The core treatments used in chiropractic care are spinal adjustments or manipulations; however, other treatments are also used in conjunction with adjustments.  An overall healthy lifestyle filled with chiropractic, exercise, and proper nutrition show that the chiropractic profession deeply believes in treating the whole body instead of just masking pain symptoms.

Chiropractic in the United States

Considered a complimentary health approach, chiropractic is utilized by around 18 million adults and 2 million children in the United States every year, according to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).  Americans spent almost $12 billion on alternative health treatments with almost $4 billion spent on chiropractic care.

The most common complaint of patients who seek chiropractic care is lower back pain.  Neck, shoulder, hand, and foot problems are also treated by chiropractors.  Headache sufferers also find relief from chiropractors. 

Chiropractic Treatment

In the first visit, a chiropractor will evaluate a patient’s condition and listen to their complaints.  Afterwards, an initial treatment plan will be developed with the patient.  Using mainly the hands, a chiropractic adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic uses gentle pressure to place the spine in proper alignment so the nervous system can begin to heal the body without the use of drugs or surgery.

With over 370 locations nationwide, the highly qualified doctors at The Joint Chiropractic are ready to help you with any aches, pains, or stiffness you may be experiencing in your spine, joints, or muscles.  Other reasons that people flock to the doctors at The Joint Chiropractic range from sports injuries, colic for babies, and headaches.  Whatever your problem may be, a visit to The Joint Chiropractic often has patients feeling better without the use of drugs or surgery.  With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, finding relief from pain is just a walk-in away.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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