Chiropractic care is needed to restore balanced body motion. Chiropractic care can be used alone or in conjunction with physical therapy and/or acupuncture. If you have been referred to chiropractics as part of your treatment, you can obtain such services at Chiropractic Care of WNY as a part of our interactive, multidisciplinary “team approach” to health care.
What is Chiropractics? A system of complementary medicine and therapeutics based upon the theory that disease is caused by abnormal function of the central system. Attempts to restore normal functions are made through manipulation and treatment of the structures of the body, especially those of the spinal column. Over time, poor posture and unbalanced joint motion can cause joint stress, breakdown, arthritis and pain. Chiropractors treat problems in the musculoskeletal system such as muscle, joint and nerve abnormalities or injuries. In effect, pain caused by injury is reduced when gentle manipulation is used to properly align joints, thus decreasing irritation and inflammation of the involved nerves, muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues. Our goal through chiropractics is to restore normal motion and relieve pain. Chiropractics may also improve the body’s range of motion and will relieve pain brought on by pressure of the central nervous system. Since the nerves control the body, a well-adjusted central nervous system contributes to a healthier mind and body.
What is an adjustment and how does a chiropractor “adjust” my spine? The term “adjustment” refers to the specific manipulation applied to vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. The objective is to reduce the subluxation, a condition in which a spinal vertebra has lost its proper juxtaposition with one or both of its neighboring vertebra. The adjustment consists of a quick, low force thrust applied to a vertebra, which is often accompanied by an audible “pop”. This audible sound is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure (cavitation). The sensation often brings immediate relief through a decrease in tenderness and pain. Initial treatment may also include soft tissue massage techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy and dry hydrotherapy.