Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those that affect the spine. It is based on the principle that the body has an innate ability to heal itself and that the healing process can be facilitated through manual manipulation of the spine and other joints.
Chiropractic care encompasses a variety of techniques and approaches, including:
- Spinal manipulation
- Soft tissue therapy
- Exercise and rehabilitation
Chiropractors may also use modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and heat or ice therapy to help relieve pain and promote healing.
One of the most common techniques used by chiropractors is spinal manipulation, also known as an adjustment. This involves applying a controlled force to the spine to correct subluxations and restore proper alignment and function. Another common technique is soft tissue therapy, which involves applying firm, direct pressure to a hypertonic muscle. The muscle is then stretched and, in some cases, taped. This technique is primarily used to loosen tight muscles and reduce muscle pain.