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Chiropractic Care In Pain Management

Chiropractic care is a conservative treatment founded in the 1890’s. A chiropractor is a doctor of chiropractic care who was specially trained in this field for 4+ years. They learn how to manage conditions of the spine by looking at how the nervous system is functioning as a whole. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat and prevent musculoskeletal disorders. Their belief is that disorders of the joints and the spine affect the nerves and everything that the nerves supply. This means that a dysfunction of the spine can affect all the organ systems of your body causing a multitude of symptoms. Chiropractic care is a similar conservative treatment to physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture. Each specialty has its own strengths. While physical therapy focuses on exercising and strengthening the problem area and massage therapy focuses on loosening the muscles, chiropractic care is focused on manipulating the spine in order to restore joint function. Proper joint functioning, especially in the spine, allows the body to move properly, the nerves to "fire" properly, and the body to function at an optimal level. This will allow your nervous system to function at its best and allow your body to withstand injury and heal properly.

A joint misalignment is termed a "subluxation". Your chiropractor’s goal will be to eliminate these from your body. Your chiropractor will accomplish this with the use of manipulation, heat/ice, exercise, nutritional counseling/guidance, trigger point therapy and a whole host of other modalities. Most insurance companies cover chiropractic care. Please discuss chiropractic care with your provider as an option to aid in your treatment.