The practice of chiropractic medicine includes not just the treatment of acute injuries but also preventive measures to prevent injury from occurring in the first place. Injuries can be caused by mechanical conditions, such as muscle sprains or strains; hereditary conditions, such as scoliosis or herniated disks; postural problems, such as improper body mechanics or balance issues; and traumatic events, such as auto accidents or falls. Chiropractic is an accepted form of treatment for most types of injuries, though not all injuries respond to chiropractic care. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic spinal adjustments to correct misalignments or other spinal issues that may cause pain or discomfort. A chiropractor will often recommend a combination of chiropractic and physical therapy if the injury is acute or chronic in nature.
Chiropractic also works with massage therapy to promote healthy spinal and overall body health. A chiropractor can alleviate subluxations or other spinal misalignments by manually adjusting spinal bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and other tissues. These chiropractors are skilled in finding misaligned bones or joints through their hands-on examination process. When these joints or bones are misaligned, pain may be felt in a specific area or throughout the entire body, and massage therapy can also be used to relieve pain.
A chiropractor may also recommend a physical therapist to help strengthen muscles that have been weakened due to stress or injury. Physical therapists can also work with their chiropractor to stretch and strengthen the muscles in ways that will promote healing of the injured area and help prevent further injury. A good chiropractor will make sure that both the patient and massage therapist get the proper amount of therapy for the required treatment and recovery period.