The fundamental principle of chiropractic medicine is that the alignment of the spine affects the function of the entire body. This system has been in use for over 120 years and has a whole-body or holistic focus. Chiropractic care includes spinal adjustments, but your chiropractor will also make recommendations for exercise, nutrition, and improved health habits to promote sleep and relaxation.
At Back in Motion Chiropractic & Acupuncture, located in Daphne, AL, you’ll find a wide variety of chiropractic services, including acupuncture.
Chiropractic Care – the Basics
The body’s structure can promote or inhibit function. Misalignment in joints can put pressure on nerves and blood vessels. The nerves that control and regular your body organs run off the spine. When irritated, they can affect your blood pressure, digestion, heart rate, and organ function. For example, a misalignment in the upper thoracic spine can cause elevated blood pressure. When any joint is out of alignment, it can result in acute or chronic pain. Finally, your body won’t work properly without good nutrition, regular exercise, stress relief, and restful sleep.
Achieving proper joint alignment is the foundation of all chiropractic care. Manual manipulation is the tried and true method, but a hand-held tool such as the ArthroStim also offers very precise adjustments that help activate nerve endings in the joints with electromagnetic stimulus. Acupuncture is useful in many cases of chronic pain, especially when combined with joint adjustments. Cold laser expedites cellular repair, accelerates healing and reduces pain, inflammation, and swelling. Of course, we also offer many other chiropractic services such as heat, cold, ultrasound and massage therapy. Posture analysis and corrective exercises help get your body moving correctly and prevent further injury or worsening pain.
When Should You See a Chiropractor?
Pain is the number-one reason to seek chiropractic care. For adults, low back pain or pain in the joints of the legs are the most common reasons to visit a chiropractor. Many things can cause or exacerbate musculoskeletal pain. Among these are automobile accidents, falls, sports injuries, and repetitive motion injury. Poor posture or incorrect body mechanics can create subtle changes in your body alignment that lead to chronic pain over time. Another reason to see a chiropractor is to improve your nutritional status.