Chiropractors main method of treatment typically consists of the spinal adjustment (spinal manipulation) In conjunction with the adjustment chiropractors also employ many other therapies in order to provide the most effective and efficient relief from neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Listed below are some of the many therapies utilized within our office as well as a description of our main therapy, the Chiropractic Adjustment.
PRIMARY THERAPY, The Adjustment
The chiropractic spinal adjustment represents the cornerstone of the chiropractic treatment. Spinal adjustments are used to treat a variety of different musculoskeletal disorders as well as a number of other health symptoms. Chiropractic physicians are the only health care professionals trained to deliver the chiropractic spinal adjustment.
Spinal adjustments or spinal manipulation is the process of applying a quick but gentle pressure to "subluxated" vertebrae in a corrective manner. The adjustments are not and should not be painful. In fact, most patients look forward to their chiropractic adjustments as they usually provide immediate relief from discomfort and increase one's sense of well being.
Research has shown spinal adjustments to be the most effective treatment in numerous conditions including back pain. As of recently studies have shown that spinal adjustments have proven more effective at relieving neck pain than prescription drugs. This is because spinal adjustments correct many of the structural, biomechanical and neurological abnormalities of the spine which cause or contribute to a high number of back, neck and other non-spinal ailments.
-Soft Tissue & Massage Therapy
There are a number of soft tissue therapy techniques which can be successfully employed to assist in the reduction of pain and muscle hypertonicity and spasm. Some of these include massage therapy, trigger point therapy, somatic therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, acupressure point therapy, and rolfing. The need and benefits of these therapies vary from patient to patient. Depending on your condition and response to treatment we may incorporate one or more of these therapies into your treatment plan.
-Exercise For Life
Exercise is essential for a long, healthy and vibrant life. It has been scientifically shown to increase health by lowering blood cholesterol levels, strengthening the immune system, lowering body fat, increasing one's sense of well being, and increasing muscle strength, tone and function.
Chiropractors understand the importance of exercise and the essential role it plays in health. We encourage all patients to participate in physical activities which promote cardiovascular health and can assist you finding the right activity. We do recommend those over the age of 40 or those with known health problems to consult our office prior to initiating any exercise regimen.
-Exercise For Injuries
Therapeutic exercises for the neck, back, and extremities are an essential part of the rehabilitative process following injury. Chiropractic doctors commonly prescribe specific strengthening and stabilizing exercises and stretches for their patients with back, neck and extremity problems.
Exercises provide many benefits during the healing and preventative stages. Early on, exercise prevents muscle deterioration and promotes joint health. Later on, exercises increase strength, proprioception and stability to protect from new injuries and recurrences of past problems.
Therapeutic stretching is important to prevent scar tissue and adhesion formation following injury. Stretching is most effective when initiated early on in the treatment plan before scar tissues become permanent.
Maintaining a regular stretching program once the rehabilitation stage of treatment has been completed will help keep tissues flexible and loose, increasing mobility and preventing the development of new injuries.
There are some physical modalities which in certain cases can provide additional pain relief and accelerated healing. Some of these more common modalities include muscle stimulation, interferential stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, and diathermy (deep heating modality).
Diet & Nutritional Counseling
Dietary and nutritional deficiencies are responsible for and contribute to a great number of disorders and illnesses which are prevalent in today's society. The top killers such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer have all been linked in numerous ways to diet and nutrition.
Doctors of chiropractic receive thorough training in the areas of human diet and nutrition. Coupled with Dr. Farrell & Dr. Covault’s undergraduate work we can design a personalized dietary or nutritional program to minimize the risk of developing these conditions. We can also help guarantee your body receives the proper amount of vitamins and minerals to help it functional optimally.
Being "pain free" does not necessarily mean that one is "healthy". Within our office here in Circleville we like to truly promote wellness by emphasizing good habits. From eating the right foods to exercising the appropriate frequency and duration. We at Family Chiropractic of Circleville want to help all of our patients to not only be pain free but truly live a healthy life.