Even though chiropractors do not treat specific conditions, the following are examples of the many conditions that can be helped when chiropractic adjustments remove interferences to the nervous system and allow the body to heal itself.
Arthritis is a condition characterized by
the gradual breakdown of joint cartilage and the addition of extra
calcium on the borders of the bones (these are called bone spurs or
osteophytes). These are most common in the weight bearing joints of the
body such as the knees, hips, and back. It is also common in the neck
and hands. As the joint is broken down it can lead to joint stiffness
and increased strain on the muscles in that area. Additionally, as joint
function changes it can lead to movement compensations and place strain
on other areas of the body as well. Although degenerative changes are
common with age they do not automatically result in pain. Research now
shows that it is not the degeneration of the joint that is responsible
for pain but the effects the degeneration has on how the joint is
functioning, particularly the stiffness and muscles strain.
We focus on restoration and maintenance of function by emphasizing joint movement and increasing the ability of the muscles to support and stabilize the affected joints. In addition, we assess how the body as a whole is functioning to uncover any other movement abnormalities that may be affecting the degenerated area.