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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic can look different depending on the clinic you walk into. There are hundreds of techniques and approaches to chiropractic treatment. For someone new to chiropractic care, this can make it very confusing. So, instead of giving you some long drawn out explanation, I figured I’d give you the simple version without diving too deep into techniques. Here we go.45361681_2161251717226422_755028209522704384_n

Chiropractic is a treatment approach that utilizes joint manipulation to increase mobility of restricted joints. The lack of mobility in a joint can cause pain symptoms and muscle tension to develop. Research has shown that chiropractic treatments can effectively reduce pain symptoms through joint manipulation. Links to research can be found here: Neck pain, low back pain, low back pain2, low back pain3

So, now you know what chiropractic care IS and that the treatment is focused on improving joint mobility. This can apply to spinal joints (back and neck) but it can also apply to joints throughout the arms, hands, legs, and feet.

Now, here is what chiropractic IS NOT. Chiropractic care is not “putting bones back in place” or “aligning the spine”. These are outdated terms that should be retired. Your bones are not “out of place” or “out of alignment”, they are simply restricted or limited in their mobility. If your bones were “out of place”, you should be in a hospital, not a chiropractor’s office.

A chiropractic adjustment (joint manipulation) helps improve/restore the function and mobility of that individual joint. This, in turn, reduces the strain on the surrounding musculature and can help reduce tension.

So, let’s summarize what we know about chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care IS:

Improved joint mobility

Reducing joint restriction

Chiropractic Care IS NOT:

“Aligning the spine”

“Putting bones back in place”

I’m glad we got that cleared up. Now, let’s get things moving again!


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