Chiropractic care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on your general health. It is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including as well as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Your physician may recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as provide you with individualized nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. The most common procedure performed by chiropractors is known as "spinal manipulation".
The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement. 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 for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.