Chiropractic healthcare focuses on the spine and other joints in the body, as well as their connection to the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments are a non-invasive and medication-free method to regaining a healthy, more active lifestyle by increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability, and improving function.
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Common Chiropractic Terminology:
Acute Back Pain
This is back pain from a recent injury or is endured for a short period of time. As opposed to chronic low back pain, which is persistent over an extended period of time.
Spinal adjustment and chiropractic adjustment are terms used by chiropractors to describe their approaches to spinal manipulation. An adjustment occurs when force is applied to a joint in order to increase mobility and change the alignment of bones in the body.
Chronic Back Pain
Back pain that persists for an extended period of time. Not treating pain when it initially occurs can lead to a problem becoming chronic in nature if the pain persists.
A condition which refers to a problem with a rubbery disc between the spinal bones. This condition occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing and can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg.
The location at which two or more bones make contact. They are constructed to allow movement and provide mechanical support for the human body.
A short band of tough, flexible fibrous connective tissue which connects two bones or cartilages or holds together a joint.
Massage is the gentle kneading of soft tissues used to increase circulation, decrease pain, relieve adhesions, and increase mobility.
Damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which may be caused either by diseases of the nerve or from the side-effects of systemic illness.
Pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve that can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg.
An injury in which both the muscles and ligaments of a specific joint or a region of the body have received damage. These injuries are commonly seen in car accidents, sporting accidents, whiplash injuries, etc.
A slight misalignment of the vertebrae, regarded in chiropractic theory as the cause of many health problems.