What Is Chiropractic Care?

As Doctors of Chiropractic practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care. We are thoroughly educated in examination, diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions including, but not limited to: low back pain, neck pain, headaches, pregnancy related low back pain, SPD, disc injuries, and sciatic-like symptoms. We also can utilize laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate due to red flags. 

Treatment methods used by Doctors of Chiropractic include: spinal and extremity manipulation, manual and instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation, rehabilitative exercises and nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. 

Spinal and extremity manipulation is a very important and a crucial part of what we do. The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that are hypomobile. Hypomobility can be caused by a single traumatic event or through repetitive stresses. For example: lifting a heavy object incorrectly or sitting with poor posture for an extended period of time. Injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Manipulation restores mobility, and helps to reduce pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal. 

We practice evidence based care and will always consider: research, clinical expertise and patient values and preferences. What may be the best practice for one person, may not be the best for another based on goals and history. 

What does the research say?

“[Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain. (Goertz et al. (2013), Spine)

The results of a clinical trial showed that chiropractic care combined with usual medical care for low back pain provides greater pain relief and a greater reduction in disability than medical care alone. The study, which featured 750 active-duty members of the military, is one of the largest comparative effectiveness trials between usual medical care and chiropractic care ever conducted. (Goertz et al. (2018), JAMA Open Network)

"Manual-thrust manipulation provides greater short-term reductions in self-reported disability and pain compared with usual medical care. 94% of the manual-thrust manipulation group achieved greater than 30% reduction in pain compared with 69% of usual medical care. (Schneider et al (2015), Spine)

If you are interested in learning more about how chiropractic care can help you, please give Pinnacle Hill Chiropractic a call!

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