What is Chiropractic Care?

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Many people have an incorrect perception of what chiropractors really do. If you were asked, could you properly describe what chiropractic care consists of?

Chiropractors are specialists in how to properly care for and maintain your neuro-musculo-skeletal system. This system includes your bones, nerves, muscles and connective tissues. In case you didn’t know, these elements actually make up about 60% of your body! All of the joints in your body are part of this system and its optimal function is necessary for over all good health. Because everyone has unique needs, it’s important to understand that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to chiropractic care. Your treatment is tailored specifically to you.

During your initial appointment with Dr. Gappa, D.C. you may receive additional information about a care program including specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, nutritional advise or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.

One of the main benefits of chiropractic care is the diagnosis and prevention of neuro-musculo-skeletal disorders based on the principal that the human body has an inherent ability to heal itself. Each and every disease condition is examined carefully and the cause of the problem is eliminated thereby relieving the patient from the symptoms and the problem.

How Does Chiropractic Care Work?

Chiropractic is a non-invasive form of treatment that does not include a pharmacological drug regimen or surgery. Chiropractic can be help in treating many conditions, including:

• Chronic headaches or migraines

• Pain & stiffness in the upper, mid, and lower back

• Neck pain and stiffness

• Pinched nerves or muscle spasms

• Tingling or numbness in the legs and arms

• Pain or discomfort in the legs and arms

• Carpal tunnel or Tarsal tunnel syndrome

In addition to easing back and neck pain, chiropractic is very effective for treating medical conditions for people of all ages. Nearly everyone, including babies and the elderly, can benefit from chiropractic treatments. Conditions such as allergies or chronic ear infections in children, can be successfully treated by chiropractic.

Many conditions are caused by subluxations (misalignments of spinal bones), which irritate or aggravate the nerves resulting in diseases or conditions. Chiropractic care can provide partial or full relief to many of these conditions:

• Asthma

• Arthritis

• Bursitis

• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

• Colic

• Ear infection

• Fertility issues

• Frequent colds, flus

• Gastrointestinal syndromes

• Intervertebral disc syndrome

• Loss of equilibrium

• Menstrual disorders

• Multiple Sclerosis

• Sciatica

• Scoliosis

• Tendonitis

• Thoracic outlet syndrome

• Respiratory infection

Why Should I Consider Chiropractic Care?

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Many common injuries can also be effectively treated by chiropractic care. The most typical injuries we see are automobile accidents. Unfortunately, the symptoms of automotive injuries can be delayed by weeks or even months after the accident. In many cases, auto insurance often covers the cost of these injuries.

Work place injuries are never pleasant. We treat all kinds of situations including falls and lifting injuries. Many work places offer insurance to cover these types of injuries.

Another common situation in which people choose chiropractic is with sport injuries. In some cases, chiropractors can improve performance. Some common injuries treated by chiropractors include:

•Auto accidents
•Chronic injuries
•Falling injuries
•Lifting injuries
•Sport injuries
•Work-related injuries