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Chiropractic Philosophy and Techniques in Therapy and Rehabilitation

By Gwen Knight Subscribe to RSS | May 18th 2012 | Views:
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Chiropractic is a form of alternative treatment that uses a wide set of manual manipulation techniques designed to release tension and pain from the body, especially the joints and the spine. Chiropractic techniques are becoming more and more widely accepted since treatments do not involve medicines.

In chiropractics, the main goal is to remove subluxations or partial joint dislocations in the body. Patients recognize these subluxations as mild aches, pains, or stress that can be relieved by cracking the joints. Subluxations can occur in almost all joints; athletes experience subluxations in their back, legs, and arms because of repetitive strain.

However, chiropractors pay specific attention to vertebral subluxations. They believe that since the spine significantly affects the function of other body parts, a subluxation in the spine can cause discomfort, movement pain, and other illnesses. Vertebral subluxations are also believed to cause reduced mobility.

Spinal manipulation and spinal adjustment are the most recognizable therapeutic techniques in chiropractic care. This involves manual or hands-on massage-like techniques that literally move the vertebrae into place to remove subluxations. By the end of a session, a patient will feel relaxed and free of pain, allowing them to move around better.

A chiropractor Vancouver WA residents trust also use activator techniques and active release techniques aside from spinal manipulation. Activator techniques are meant to adjust the alignment of the legs with the spine to make sure that both legs are equally strong, a very important factor for athletes. A chiropractor can also perform active release techniques, which are meant to ease tension on the blood vessels and nerves on the muscles.

If the chiropractic physical therapy Vancouver WA #practitioner finds that recovery is slower than expected, greater manipulation techniques may be necessary. This may be painful for the patient if the subluxation has scar tissue preventing the joints from easing up. A patient is put under sedation, so the patient can feel relaxed while the chiropractor makes the necessary adjusments.

A chiropractor can do a little more than just spinal manipulation. A Vancouver WA chiropractor can also perform neuromuscular therapy. This technique is designed stimulate the nerves in the skeletal muscles to help them accept oxygen. Neuromuscular therapy is also known to relieve allergies, infections, and hormonal imbalances. You may visit nih.gov/health/chiropractic for more information.

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