A chiropractic adjustment is the primary method of treatment utilized by Doctors of Chiropractic. Chiropractic adjustments are performed on spinal and extremity joints that have been diagnosed as being hypomobile or fixated or restricted, or dysfunctional. Simply put, not moving correctly.
There are various adjustment techniques, but typically adjustments are applied by hand with a low force, controlled velocity contact on a specific joint or spinal segment. The adjustment helps to restore joint motion, which reduces/inhibits pain, reduces/inhibits muscle tightness, reduces/inhibits joint inflammation, and improves muscle balance.
Possibly the most common cause of low back or neck pain and headaches is neuromusculoskeletal in nature, secondary to spinal joint restriction/dysfunction or fixation.
Spinal or extremity joint restriction/loss of mobility/dysfunction can occur due to:
- Macrotrauma such as a sport injury, work-related injury, or auto accident.
- Microtrauma due to repetitive use, postural stress, or poor ergonomics (work environment). Carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of a repetitive use injury oftentimes secondary to work environment.
- Emotional/mental stress.
- Biochemical stress due to poor nutrition and diet.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic I focus on 4 areas of health:
- Spinal and extremity function/proper movement.
- Positive mental attitude.
The adjustment directly affects spinal and extremity function and movement. The adjustment indirectly affects exercise and attitude because if you feel better, i.e., less pain and muscle tightness, your attitude will improve, and you will be able to exercise.
The chiropractic adjustment is a powerful tool in correcting probably the most common cause of neuromusculoskeletal pain. The adjustment is also extremely beneficial in the restoration and maintenance of good health.
You don’t have to live with pain
If you are suffering from low back pain, neck pain, headaches, or extremity pain and live in the Cincinnati area, be sure to get assessed by the team at Mt. Lookout Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center located in the historic Lincoln School Building. The team offers chiropractic care and physical therapy for sports-related injuries, low back, neck, and extremity pain, and auto-related and work-related injuries. Mt. Lookout Chiropractic also provides nutritional counseling and dry needling.
– By Bengal’s Chiropractor, Dr. Steve King