Chiropractic care involves taking a holistic approach to healing the body. The structure of the body is designed to function most efficiently when it is in balance. A structural injury or an illness that affects the bones of the spinal column can throw the body out of its natural balance or alignment. When the skeletal structure is out of sync, the muscles that support the skeleton can become inflamed and irritated. In addition to maintaining structural balance, chiropractic care also supports the soft tissues of the body. Chiropractic care includes nutritional counseling, physical therapy, and other aspects of care that address all areas of the body, including the mind and spirit.
Chiropractic adjustments work well with many different treatment options. Spinal decompression, physical therapy, deep tissue massage, nutritional counseling, and herbal remedies all play a role in the holistic healing plans that many chiropractors create for their patients. For the body to heal effectively, nutritional support is needed just as much as physical therapy provides exercise. After an injury or illness, healing takes place on several levels. On the physical level, the musculoskeletal system must be brought back into balance. To support that balance, exercise and physical therapy help to strengthen the muscles and soft tissues that support the body and improve circulation.
The number of chiropractic sessions or adjustments will depend on the extent of the injury. A minor injury may only require two or three adjustments to get the body on the road to recovery. A serious injury such as whiplash, sciatica, herniated discs, or a pinched nerve may require several adjustments to elicit a long-lasting, healing response. When a chiropractor is dealing with a serious injury, he may choose to add other treatment options to the pain management and treatment plan. Spinal decompression and physical therapy are two of the most common treatment methods used in correcting severe injuries.
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