Per the American Chiropractic Association chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in extremities, and headaches. The most common therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractors is known as an "adjustment" or "manipulation."
The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled thrust 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 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. Manipulation of the affected joint and tissues restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustments rarely cause discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care can complement or support medical treatment by addressing the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Ahimsa Wellness offers instrument-assisted adjustments via the Activator tool for those not accustomed to manual adjustments. With a few targeted clicks, the Activator provides a much gentler way to realign the spine without excessive force. We may also incorporate the use of cold laser, a non-invasive technology proven to reduce inflammation and promote cellular regeneration.