Chiropractic is a healthcare practice that focuses on disorders rooted in the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Combined, these systems make up the neuromusculoskeletal system. Typical neuromusculoskeletal complaints include back and neck pain, joint pain, and headaches, as well as pain that extends into the limbs. Doctors of chiropractic, better known as chiropractors, are specially trained to examine, diagnose, and treat such complaints using hands-on, drug-free, non-invasive techniques. They can recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises—as well as provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling—to provide relief to patients.
The main treatment in chiropractic care is known as spinal manipulation, also called chiropractic adjustment. It focuses on the 24 vertebrae that surround and protect your spinal cord. Every single nerve in your body—from your arms to your legs to every organ—exits through one of the spaces between these vertebrae. When vertebrae shift out of place, they stop moving properly and can irritate nerves in the area. Whatever is on the other end of that nerve will therefore not function properly, causing pain and other symptoms. Spinal manipulation describes the chiropractor’s manual application of strategic and controlled force into particular joints related to your particular symptom or condition. These adjustments restore mobility, alleviate pain and muscle tightness, and allow tissues to heal.
No matter what condition, pain, or symptom you may have, they all have a cause. I focus on getting to the root of the problem and fixing it.
–Dr. Rodney Holzmacher