A chiropractor is typically a chiropractic health care practitioner highly focused on the diagnosis and treatments of non-traumatic neuromuscular ailments, using a variety of manual manipulation and adjustments to the spine. Manipulation and adjustments are often applied to relieve pain, stimulate healing and prevent injury. There are several different kinds of techniques and adjustments used by chiropractors; however, there are four main areas that chiropractors commonly focus on. These include spinal biomechanics, manual therapy, neuromuscular therapy and rehabilitation. All of these areas to address different aspects of the body and how it functions, thus allowing chiropractors to tailor treatments to the needs of each patient.Learn more about us at Mill Creek Chiropractic Clinic-Chiropractic
Spinal biomechanics is concerned with analyzing the structure and movement of the spinal cord. This part of the body is very important for overall health, but chiropractors are trained to better understand its connection to other parts of the body by studying the spine and learning how it is manipulated. The primary purpose of this type of adjustment is to reduce pain and restore function in the chiropractor’s chosen area of practice. Manual therapy is used to manipulate the soft tissues and muscles around the spine. Neuromuscular therapy is used to treat patients who have neuromuscular conditions, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, stroke, or head trauma.
A licensed chiropractor may also refer their patients to a podiatrist or orthopedist for further treatment. Some chiropractors require patients to use a certain type of brace to help support the spine while they receive treatment. If the patient does not want to wear the brace, some will suggest alternative methods of support such as resting the shoulder or using a lumbar support cushion to align the hips and low back. Rehabilitation involves training the injured body part or joint to move properly. Conservative care is used to keep the patient comfortable and to help prevent further injury.