How Does Chiropractic Work?
Treatment by Adjustment or Manipulations:
When the 24 bones (vertebra) that protect the spinal cord lose their normal position (subluxations) or motion, delicate tissue surrounding the nerve becomes irritated or pinched. If a thorough examination reveals malfunctioning areas of the spine, Chiropractic manipulations are recommended to help correct this condition. Adjustments are the only form of treatment that can correct this problem. Pain and stiffness are just some of the symptoms caused by subluxations. Pain medication and muscle relaxers only cover up the symptoms and do nothing to correct the underlying problem, the subluxation.
Chiropractic adjustments are used to help restore the proper position or motion of the spinal bones giving mobility and strength, while relieving pain and stiffness. The doctor uses his hands, applying a quick thrust or sometimes a low constant pressure to restore the proper position of these bones. Sometimes, the doctor uses an instrument to deliver a precise measurable force to the spine or uses a special adjusting table. Whatever the case, the adjustment given is usually gentle and painless.
In conjunction with adjustments, Dr. Hamling uses other types of treatment for strengthening the muscles of the spine or relieving muscle tension and pain. These may include moist heat, ice packs, trigger point therapy, ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, Graston Technique, or correcting KinesioTape.