Chiropractic is a form of manual therapy, which is treatment applied by the hands. The main method of treatment is spinal manipulation therapy, otherwise known as adjustments. Adjustments are performed by a chiropractor in order to restore proper joint function and biomechanics of the spine. They work by affecting the nervous system to assist your body’s natural healing capabilities, leading to optimal recovery or improved health.
Although chiropractors are mainly known as “back doctors” for the use of the adjustment, they are trained in many forms of manual therapy and how to deal with all areas of the body. Conditions that might seem quite removed from the spine such as arm and leg pain and headaches are often positively affected by adjustments because of the wide reaching affects of the nervous system on health. Remember that every muscle, joint, and organ in the body is connected to the brain by nerves. These nerves get to and from the brain through the spinal column. Furthermore, chiropractors receive extensive training in the treatment of the extremities. Chiropractors use a number of modalities, soft tissue therapy techniques, and adjustments of the extremities to reduce healing time and improve results.
Although all chiropractors have the same education and are licensed to carry out all forms of manual therapy including the use of therapeutic modalities, exercise prescription, etc. not all chiropractors choose to do all of these things. Some chiropractors choose to focus on the spine while others will treat all areas of the body. It is up to you as the patient to choose the type of chiropractic care is best for you.
The Functional Integrated Approach
The practitioners of the Advantage 4 Athletes Sports Therapy Clinic use a functional integrated approach to assess and treat musculoskeletal conditions. The goal of treatment is to restore proper function to an injured area and allow the person to return to normal activity. The treatments consist of the integration of different types of manual therapy: for example acupuncture may be used to relieve pain, Active Release Therapy © to deal with soft tissue injuries, adjustments for joint dysfunction, cold laser therapy to speed tissue healing, and exercises given to strengthen and prevent re-injury. The goal of integrating multiple forms of treatment is to utilize the latest research to facilitate the fastest recovery for the patient.