What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is defined as done by hands. It is a science, philosophy, and art that is a hands on drug free approach to health care. Chiropractic uses postural and functional assessments diagnostic and blood testing, when necessary. Treatments include: adjustments, rehabilitative exercise, lifestyle modification, nutritional, and dietary counseling. Chiropractic was founded on the philosophy of not treating a specific disease but treating the person as a whole.
Here at Align we utilize an evidence based approach to chiropractic in order to optimize health and well being.
Common Conditions Treated are:
Pain in Pregnancy
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Motor Vehicle Accidents
And Many others
What is a Doctor of Chiropractic?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) – often referred to as Chiropractors or Chiropractic Physicians –practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Some may hold additional qualifications in physiotherapy.
DCs may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other health care providers.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be a patient's primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic services may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Like their MD colleagues, doctors of chiropractic are subject to the boundaries established in state practice acts and are regulated by state licensing boards. Further, their education in four-year doctoral graduate school programs is nationally accredited through an agency that operates under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education. After graduation, they must pass national board exams before obtaining a license to practice, and then must maintain their license annually by earning continuing education (CE) credits through state-approved CE programs.
What is a Spinal Adjustment or Manipulation?
One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a "chiropractic adjustment"). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.