What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic nerve chartChiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians — practice a drug-free, hands—on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

The most common therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation”, also called “chiropractic adjustment”. The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile — or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Chiropractic adjustments rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.

In many cases, such as lower pack pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

What Makes Us Special

Each chiropractic technique I use will fit your individual needs and health condition.  You will benefit from over 20 years of clinical experience of myself utilizing various chiropractic techniques ranging from spinal and/ or extremity joint manipulation using the hands only to various instruments.  In addition, it may be a quick but firm joint manipulation or it may be a light gentle treatment.  Your individual health condition and preferences will determine how the chiropractic treatment is provided.

Some examples of our specialized chiropractic treatments offered at Blue Stone Chiropractic:

  • Diversified – First, an analysis of your spine is performed. With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered, based on experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
  • Thompson – This technique is both a system of chiropractic analysis and a way to minimize the amount of energy needed to adjust the spine using a special table with drop-away sections.
  • Cox Flexion Distraction – A great way to decompress the spine and an awesome technique for disc injuries. This is the best opportunity to prevent spinal surgery.
  • Activator
  • Gonstead
  • Cranial Sacral
  • ArthroStim
  • Deep Tissue
  • Trigger Point
  • Cold Laser Therapy