At HealthPoint Chiropractic we provide gentle, effective chiropractic care for the whole family. We provide a variety of treatment modalities to help the body to heal itself and return the patient to a pain-free and healthy life. Chiropractic medicine is more than just spinal manipulations.
Spinal manipulation (also known as adjustment) is a treatment for joints and muscles in the back and neck that are not functioning properly.
The patient is first positioned in a way that the involved joint or joints can be isolated from the others. Then, the chiropractor uses his hands to apply a gentle thrust to the joint. This moves the joint surfaces, and usually results in a popping sound.
Many times, back and neck pain is the result of joints that are not moving properly. Imagine a door that only opens halfway because of a stuck hinge. You could still use it, but it is more troublesome than a door that opens fully. The joints in your spine can be thought of in the same way. When a proper gentle thrust is applied to a “stuck” joint, its full motion is restored, and associated muscle tension is decreased.
Your bones are not cracking! The popping sound is caused by the release of gas bubbles in the joint’s lubricating fluid. To understand this better, you need to know a little bit more about the spinal joints. A joint is made up of the surfaces of two bones that slide over or pivot around each other. These surfaces are lined with smooth cartilage and encased in an elastic tissue called the joint capsule. This capsule is filled with a fluid which lubricates and nourishes the cartilage. The fluid is pressurized and has gasses dissolved inside, similar to carbonated soda. During a manipulation, the joint capsule is stretched and some gas bubbles are released similar to the bubbles that are released when a soda bottle is opened. And that is what causes the popping sound.
Spinal manipulation is very safe. The risk of injury occurring as a side effect of manipulation is very low, especially when compared to other common treatments for back and neck pain. However, as with all medical procedures, there is some inherent risk. That is why it is important to choose a doctor who is well trained, experienced and licensed to perform manipulation. Chiropractors are able to recognize patients who should not receive manipulation, and to minimize the risk of injury to all patients on an individual basis.
This type of therapy uses light electrical pulses that are transmitted to specific areas of the body through electrodes placed on the skin. There are many different types of electrical stimulation. Some are more beneficial for pain relief or to reduce inflammation, some for muscle spasm, and some actually cause muscles to contract in order to reduce muscle atrophy. Some have combination effects.
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We are located at 12381 Route 30 in N. Huntingdon/Irwin.