Chiropractic 101

Chiropractors are oftentimes preconceived as doctors who alleviate back pain by simply “cracking” a patient’s back. It is true that chiropractors perform spinal adjustments to naturally restore function and balance to the spine, however, it is impossible to list the infinite benefits of chiropractic care in a mere sentence, ‘Its credible reputation is solidified by an extensive historical background’.

Fundamental chiropractic techniques such as spinal manipulation and maneuvering of the lower extremities have been introduced and utilized since 2700 B.C. Even the infamous Greek physician, Hippocrates, understood and preached the importance of chiropractic care as he is quoted: “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”.

The genuine importance of chiropractic care lies directly in its meaning and purpose.

According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, as well as their effects 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. Doctors of Chiropractic often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to healthcare 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 works with your body’s natural science to improve your overall well-being.

The spine and the nervous system both carry extreme responsibilities in keeping the body healthy. The nervous system works as the master controller of all living cells, tissues, and organs in the body. The spinal column encases the nervous system through the spinal cord and nerve roots and is responsible for its protection. When the vertebrae become misaligned or unable to move properly, it irritates and pressures the nerves. This is what is known as a vertebral subluxation.

Consequently, communicative messages from the brain slow down and have trouble reaching specific organs and tissues. Chiropractors are able to align the vertebrae through gentle adjustments to the spine, relieving the pressure on the nerves and allowing 100% of the nerve energy to reach the appropriate organs and tissues that it serves. Adjustments are done using the chiropractic physician’s hands or an instrument that is used to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to enhance or restore joint function. Chiropractors can adjust the procedure to meet specific needs of each patient.

Chiropractic CAN help you.

There are many benefits to chiropractic care. By committing yourself to attend chiropractic appointments regularly, you will notice improvements in many areas of your life. These include:

  1. Spinal and extremity pain relief
  2. Headache relief
  3. Increased mobility and range of motion
  4. Decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
  5. Arthritic joint pain relief
  6. Increased joint health
  7. Increased performance and energy
  8. Increased sense of well being and relaxation
  9. Increased balance and coordination
  10. Reduced degeneration and risk of injury
  11. Enhanced tissue healing
  12. Decreased tissue inflammation

Garden State Spine and Pain Institute is proud to offer chiropractic treatment and many other treatment options to our patients. Contact us for an appointment to learn more.