Welcome to our Chiropractic Information page!
Here you will find information regarding chiropractic treatment and the various techniques and terms used by chiropractic and health care professionals. If you are interested in chiropractic and would like more information, please contact our office today and a friendly staff member will be glad to assist you (909) 989-6980.
What is Chiropractic?
Simply put, Chiropractic is a lifestyle. Chiropractic is one of the largest primary-contact healthcare professions today. Doctors of chiropractic provide non-invasive, hands-on health care that serves to diagnose, treat and help prevent disorders and conditions relating to the spine, nervous system and musculoskeletal system.
Doctors of chiropractic use a combination of treatments which are all predicated on the specific individual needs of the patient. After taking a complete history and providing a detailed diagnosis to the patient, the chiropractor will develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment plan and as well as recommend rehabilitative exercise, nutritional, dietary and lifestyle modifications. Chiropractors believe in treating the individual as a whole and focus on how a patient’s musculoskeletal system and nervous system function in relation to the whole body.
What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment or chiropractic manipulation is a non-invasive highly skilled procedure in which the doctor applies a controlled force in to one or more misaligned “subluxated” vertebrae in the spine or other joints of the body. An adjustment helps relieve pain and discomfort by restoring and maintains a joints natural range of motion, optimizing function and increase the amount of nutrients that are getting into the joint capsules. Correcting subluxations reduces pain and inflammation, reduces muscle spasms and tension, normalized joint biomechanics and removes nerve irritation and interference which can improve the overall health and wellness of the individual patient.
What is subluxation?
Doctors of chiropractic are the only health care professionals trained to diagnose and treat vertebral and extra-spinal subluxations. Subluxation is a term applied to the misalignment of a vertebrae relative to its adjacent vertebrae above or below. Misalignments in the spinal column can create abnormal functioning within the spinal framework generating mechanical stress and overuse of the surrounding structures. Muscles, ligament, discs and other spinal tissues surround the joint and overtime through abnormal functioning, we are accelerating the mechanical stress and over use of those structures. These abnormalities eventually lead to pain, palpatory tenderness, inflammation, decreased mobility and muscle pam/hypertonicity.
What is that "popping" or "cracking" sound heard during an adjustment?
The sound heard during a chiropractic adjustment is termed "cavitation." A cavitation is simply the release of gases from the joint capsule when two adjacent structures are being separated. When a spinal manipulation is performed, the applied force separates the articular surfaces of a fully encapsulated synovial joint, which in turn creates a reduction in the pressure within the joint cavity. When this low pressure environment is created, some of the gases that are dissolved in the synovial fluid leave the solution making a bubble that rapidly collapses upon itself creating the "popping" sound. The contents of the bubble are mainly carbon dioxide. If you have more questions regarding chiropractic adjustments, please contact our office today for more information.