Lately a lot of our blogs have been about advanced topics, but today we’d like to get back to the basics.
Only about 8% of the population actively seeks chiropractic care. This is mainly because many people don’t actually know what we do exactly. A standard assumption is that we are “back doctors”. Although that isn’t necessarily incorrect, there is much more to it.
Chiropractic care is most often used to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including: headaches, neck pain, low back pain, TMJ disorders and upper/lower extremity dysfunctions. Doctors of chiropractic are well known for a therapeutic procedure known as “spinal manipulation” also referred to as the “chiropractic adjustment”. This manipulation is performed to restore joint mobility, easing muscle tension, and reducing stress on the nervous system by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile or restricted as a result of injury or immobilization.
Many patients also ask what the “cracking” sound is. The “cracking” sound you hear while getting adjusted is nothing other than gases being released from the joint capsule. The sound does not necessarily indicate that a chiropractic adjustment was successful. Even without the sound, movement has occurred and motion has been restored to the joint.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, evidence-based doctors (such as the ones at Pinnacle Hill Chiropractic) utilize a variety of other techniques including manual and instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation, rehabilitation exercises, cold laser and athletic taping. By incorporating a variety of different techniques with effective and informative patient education, patients are more likely to improve quicker.
Our doctors would love the opportunity to help you with your pain and answer any of your questions. Please give Pinnacle Hill Chiropractic a call to schedule your new patient appointment.