A chiropractor practices a system of health care that is based on the premise that the body structure, in particular the spine, has an effect and impact on the entire body. A West Loop chiropractor strives to correct the alignment of the spine to relive pain and to help the body self-heal.
The mainstay of chiropractic is spinal manipulation:
Although the spine is the primary focus, chiropractic care now embraces other treatments such as educating patients on the correct way to walk, sit and stand; ultrasound, nutrition and more. Today, many chiropractors work closely with pain experts and primary care physicians in a combined effort to eliminate pain.
The majority of research that has been carried out has focused on manipulation of the spine to relieve back pain. As well as spinal manipulation, a West Loop chiropractor can also effectively treat other problems such as asthma, constant headaches and fibromyalgia, a condition that causes aches and stiffness in joints.
What is spinal manipulation?
The term “spinal manipulation” is that used for any type of movement of the spine which is designed to be therapeutic. A more accurate definition is the application of strong, quick pressure between two vertebrae of the spine. This intense but quick pressure rotates the joint beyond the normal range of movement; the result is a cracking noise. This noise, which is quite distinctive, is believed to be caused by movement of the spinal fluid which lubricates the joints.
A chiropractor can manipulate the spine in one of two ways; either by pushing directly on the affected vertebra or by twisting and manipulating the upper body and neck.
Typically, a chiropractic session lasts up to 20 minutes, treatment will initially be scheduled a couple of times a week. You can expect considerable improvement in a week or two. The ultimate goal of a West Loop chiropractor is to relieve pain and guide the patient in ways they can better manage their posture and biomechanics.
If you are suffering neck or back pain, headaches, muscle injury etc you should seek the care of a West Loop chiropractor. You are invited to make an appointment with Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers.