To better help with understanding chiropractic, and the variety of approaches to treatment, it is good to bear in mind the focus is primarily on the relationship between the spine and how it interacts with the body’s structure and its optimum functioning.
Chiropractic treatment primarily focuses on adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body.
The goal of chiropractic treatment is to correct any alignment problems that are the cause of pain, thereby improving function, relieving pain, and enabling the body to naturally heal itself.
After careful analysis of a patients health history and a physical examination, focusing specifically on the spine, a treatment plan is implemented. Where necessary further examinations or tests such as x-rays are recommended for a more complete understanding of the problems encountered.
A variety of different types of adjustments and manual therapies are used in order to increase range and quality of mobility in the area treated. The end goal is to aid and restore health and general wellness.
Manual spinal adjustments are often also combined with other treatments and approaches such as:
- Heat and ice
- Electrical stimulation
- Dry Needling
- Relaxation techniques
- Rehabilitative and general exercise
- Counseling about diet, weight loss, and other lifestyle factors
- Dietary supplements.