At the Carolina Center for Functional Medicine, we have many tools available to help our patients discover their ideal health. When a patient’s health concerns involve spinal alignment and mobility issues, utilizing chiropractic care can significantly improve outcomes.
What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. Chiropractic is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, disc herniation, degenerative disc and joint disease, radiating pain and sciatica symptoms, soft tissue injuries of the spine and extremities, and headaches. Chiropractors practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnostic testing, imaging, diagnosis, and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle monitoring and counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by Doctors of Chiropractic is known as spinal manipulation therapy, also called a 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. This restriction may be due to tissue injury, trauma, or even repetitive microtrauma from poor postural habits. Injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished overall function and mobility. Adjustments of the affected joint and tissues restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle splinting and spasm, giving your body a chance to heal normally and function effectively again.
The Chiropractic Exam
If you are new to the office, a detailed history and examination will be necessary to determine what is going on in your body and how to treat it. X-rays are also often needed in order to make a diagnosis and ensure treatment safety and efficacy.
If you are a returning patient, an examination will be necessary if it has been more than one year since you have been seen in the office, if you have a new complaint, of if there is a significant flare-up of an old complaint.
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