Doctors of chiropractic have expertise in regards to musculoskeletal conditions, providing the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and preventative care of biomechanical disorders originating from the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractic care may include:
Spinal Manipulative Therapy
Specific training in spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) allows chiropractors to provide adjustments using highly-skilled and precise movements to the vertebrae of the spine, correcting joint motion to restore proper movement and improve function. This motion can be accompanied by an audible pop. When a joint is adjusted, an air bubble may escape from the joint capsule causing the popping noise, similar to cracking your knuckles.
Soft Tissue/Muscle Release therapies
Muscle mobilization and release techniques such as Graston, Active Release therapies, and Trigger Point release are utilized. These therapies enable the clinician to break down fascia, adhesions and scar tissue that limit optimal movement patterns and muscle function.
Understanding your injury is a crucial part of your recovery and involvement in the rehabilitation process. Time will be spent to make sure you have a clear understanding of you diagnosis and your role in your recovery. This may include discussions of posture, proper movement patterns, ergonomics in your daily life and sleep habits, as well as self management tools and exercise to use at home to manage pain and accelerate recovery.
Exercise and Rehabilitation
Time with your practitioner is only a small component of your recovery. You will be prescribed exercises that are personalized to your recovery plan.