The modern chiropractor is an important cog in the evolving healthcare system. Chiropractic is profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to conservatively treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, headache, pain in the joints of the: arms, legs, and jaw. Doctors of Chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, treatment, and patient education. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills, trained in a multimodal approach to manual treatment, recommend a range therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Team Chiropractic and Rehabilitation doctors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team. We pride ourselves on developing strong working relationships with many of the local healthcare providers.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “manipulation,” also called a “chiropractic adjustment.” An adjustment can be performed on the spine or in the extremities. The type(s) of adjustment techniques that are administered depends on individual patient needs. The purpose of adjusting is to restore joint mobility and range of motion to joint by manually applying a controlled force into a joint that has become restricted in its normal movement (hypomobile). Typically, adjusting involves applying a conservative and specific low amplitude force to the area to allow for better movement. Loss of joint motion in a joint is typically a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injuries 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 for an extended period of time. Once the injury has occurred, the injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Allowing joints to remain in a restricted state will ultimately lead to degenerative changes, soft tissue imbalances, movement dysfunction, and pain. The goal of adjusting is to restore mobility of the affected joint and tissues, thereby alleviating bio-mechanical stress and tension, allow surrounding tissues to heal, and hopefully retard degeneration.
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To put it plainly, it's when a vertebra has lost its normal position. This loss of position interferes with the function of the surrounding joints and/or tissues. A more in-depth explanation: A subluxation (which can result from physical, chemical, and mental stressors) occurs when one or more spinal vertebrae move out of position and create stress or irritation on nearby nerves, preventing the body from functioning optimally. The goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to remove or correct subluxations, which eliminates any interference to the nervous system and improve spinal function and overall health.
Dr. David Nahali, D.C. has over 16 years of experience in non-surgical treatment of the spine Dr. David Nahali,D.C., is an international authority on Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression