Chiropractic adjustments are the meat and potatoes of chiropractic practice. After undergoing extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and the many different chiropractic techniques, professional chiropractors, such as Dr. Gerard Graves of Pinehurst Alternative Medicine in Pinehurst, NC, are well equipped to manipulate the spine or other joints in order to restore and optimize their function.
When part of the body is out of alignment, it inhibits the overall efficiency and function of that part. For example, a vertebra out of position can lead to a pinched nerve, which can cause numbness and weakness in the entire extremity connected to that nerve. Essentially, a chiropractor will use their hands and instruments to apply intentional force to an area of interest with the goal of improving alignment, mobility, or other functional factors.
The system of chiropractic healing has deep roots, stemming from Greek culture. The word "chiropractic" has evolved over time from the Greek words "cheir," meaning "hand," and "praxis," meaning "practice," or "action." Put together, the term chiropractic translates to "done by hand," or "treatment by hand."
Chiropractic adjustments can be used to treat a myriad of ailments, including but not limited to neck and back pain, headaches, and joint pain. During the adjustment, the chiropractor will position the patient in a specific way to target the affected joint or area of the spine. The chiropractor will then apply a controlled force to the joint, generally using a quick, thrusting motion. Patients may hear a popping or cracking sound during the adjustment. That noise is nothing to be alarmed at. It's simply the release of gas bubbles in the joint.
These types of adjustments may not be suitable for patients with certain health conditions such as osteoporosis, although techniques can often be modified to suit the patient. At the initial exam with Dr. Graves at Pinehurst Alternative Medicine in Pinehurst, NC, he will discuss your medical history, ailments, lifestyle, and health goals. With this information, he will be able to design your treatment plan to get you to your goals in the most effective way possible.
Overall, chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to improve joint mobility, relieve pain, and promote overall health. If this type of treatment sounds beneficial to your condition, we'd be more than happy to provide more information at an initial consultation. To book an appointment with Dr. Graves at Pinehurst Alternative Medicine in Pinehurst, NC, simply give us a call at (910) 420-1279. Alternatively, you can book online by following this link. We look forward to helping you along your journey to achieve your health goals!