Chiropractic care is a form of healthcare that helps to restore, maintain, and/or improve an individual's functional health through spinal adjustments. Chiropractic consists of a philosophy, science, and art.
Healing comes from above down, inside out. Your body has everything it needs to heal, repair and maintain optimal function. The body is self-healing, self-repariing, and self-maintaining. Chiropractors work with your body's natural ability to do one thing... to heal. Chiropractors take a drugless and non-surgical approach to treat muscle and joint conditions such as neck, back, and joint pain.
The nervous system controls every function of the body. Chiropractors treat conditions based on how the nervous system works in relation with the muscle and skeletal system. When there is an injury to the tissues, such as the muscles and tendons, the body goes into healing mode, immediately.
During the first 72 hours, there is an increase in blood flow to the area (causing localized swelling, and inflammation); the muscles become spastic, contracted, or tight. These activities cause a decrease in movement of the injured area, which prevents you from further damaging the tissues. In addition, pain receptors are stimulated, and therefore you experience pain and/or discomfort.
After day 3, the body starts to lay down new connective tissues, known as scar tissue. Scar tissue is adhesive connective tissues, that is unorganized and weaker than normal tissue. If scar tissue is not aligned in a proper fashion (which can only be achieved through stressing the tissues along the normal stress-lines, such as with exercise and/or stretching), it will cause a decrease in joint movement (also known as joint restriction).
The joint restriction causes joint dysfunction. When joint(s) do not move properly or not at all, inflammation stays in the area, causing irritation of the soft tissues (e.g. muscles, tendons, nerves), and creating more pain and/or discomfort. In other words, the lack of movement, can cause more pain and loss of function. Due to the lack of movement, the muscles become tight or spastic, to support the area, thereby limited movement even more. Making it difficult to perform tasks such as walking, standing, sitting, bending, lifting, reaching, pulling, pushing, and more.
The chiropractic adjustment is an art. The chiropractor has the ability to locate the joint dysfunctions within the spinal column (or other specific joint, such as the shoulder). The chiropractic adjustment is a quick controlled-thrust applied to the spine (or other specific joint) to help break-up adhesive scar tissue and assist with repositioning the joint (s) in its proper, normal position. By breaking up the scar tissue, the joint can now move better; and thus by moving better, naturally pumps or removes swelling and inflammation from the area. In addition, the muscles become relaxed and less tight or spastic. As the joint(s) move better, the person experience less pain. Thus... they are now on the correct road to healing and recovery, without us of medications.
Dr. Tiffany T. Butler demonstrates a gentle chiropractic adjustment.