As defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAM), chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure (primarily of the spine) and its functioning as controlled by the nervous system. Chiropractors use a variety of methods to treat their patients, but rely primarily on corrective chiropractic adjustments to the patient’s spine to optimize the flow of energy through the nervous system.
Bonus fact: the word “chiropractic” is derived from the Greek word cheir (hand) and praxis (practice) which describes a treatment literally administered by hand. Chiropractic is built on the concept of hands-on therapy.
A lot of people assume that the only reason to see a chiropractor is for back or neck pain. Most will wait to see a back specialist until after an accident or when they can no longer cope with the pain. Our back specialist in Athens not only treats spine pain and back or neck injuries, but his treatment also may prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system and other issues. Here are several reasons you may want to see a chiropractor.
Our back doctor in Athens is highly qualified and experienced in diagnosing and treating any problems that are related to the body’s muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems – in particular, the spine.
Before providing treatment, the chiropractor first takes the patient’s medical history and performs a physical examination, which may include lab tests to determine if treatment is appropriate for your back pain. The next step is to provide treatment for an individual patient. Our back specialists are trained in using manipulation to free stiff or restricted joints. This therapeutic method is also called “chiropractic adjustments” or “manual therapy” and involves the chiropractor using their hands to apply precise, quick and controlled thrusts to spinal joints that are causing dysfunction and related pain. The treatment plan may also include massage, stretching, electrotherapy, medical acupuncture and mobilization (movements within joint space in order to increase overall range of motion).
Be aware that chiropractic treatment may last several weeks, depending on your dysfunction and how long you have experienced it for. We will discuss your treatment program with you and answer any questions you might have about the management of your condition and your treatment.
Our goal is to effectively relieve pain in a natural way, restore mobility and flexibility in all joints, prevent injuries and improve your overall health!
Chiropractic adjustments treat a wide range of problems, including misalignment, pain, restricted function, fibromyalgia, asthma, arthritis, carpel tunnel and a decreased immune system. Other benefits include: