Typically, when people think of chiropractors, they think of back pain. Although providing treatments for back problems is one service that chiropractors offer, they can do a lot more to improve your overall health and wellness. Chiropractic care can be part of a treatment plan for several chronic conditions and health issues.
Chiropractic care is focused on the alignment of joints to help you move better. Misalignment of joints is a common problem that can contribute to many acute and chronic conditions. Chiropractic adjustments relieve pain and allow you to move more freely and comfortably.
At Just Chiropractic (Paragon Integrated Medical) in Lake Elsinore, California, highly skilled and compassionate chiropractor Patrick Connolly, DC, provides you with top-notch medical care. Dr. Connolly offers an integrated medicine approach that allows you to improve your range of motion without pain. Whether you have arthritis, headaches, hip pain, or back pain, Dr. Connolly provides treatment options to relieve your discomfort.
What are joints?
Bones give your body structure and allow you to stand upright. Although bones are solid, they are also rigid and can’t bend. The places where bones meet are called joints, making it possible for you to move. Your hands, feet, elbows, hips, spine, and knees are all joints.
In your joints, the bones are cushioned from each other by cartilage, and ligaments connect your bones. Tendons bond your muscles to your bones. When you move, joints take a lot of stress and pressure and develop problems over time, such as worn-down cartilage and bone spurs.
What does a chiropractor do?
Where your bones meet in your joints, ideally, the bones rest on top of each other, meeting each other at the joint perfectly matched. This allows the stress of moving to be transferred evenly from one bone to the other. This is called proper alignment.
When your joints are out of alignment, you experience pain and difficulty moving. A chiropractor adjusts your joints to align them again, relieving your discomfort and greatly improving your mobility. Chiropractic adjustments are used as treatments for many more conditions than just back pain.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
To complete a chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Connolly applies a carefully controlled amount of force to your joint, which typically is your spine, but could also be your hips, wrists, or ankles. This adjustment, also known as manipulation, restores your joint’s alignment, allowing your body to heal itself without the need for medications.
What can chiropractic adjustments treat?
Chiropractic adjustments are used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Hip pain
- Back pain
- Repetitive stress
Dr. Connolly uses an integrated medicine approach, meaning he draws from both conventional and alternative treatments to offer you the best plan for health and wellness.
Although you may know chiropractic adjustments are treatments for back pain, that’s only part of what they can be used to treat. Your joints’ proper alignment is the focus of chiropractic care, and adjustments can treat pain and immobility from several conditions.
To learn how chiropractic care can help you, set up an appointment at Paragon Integrated Medical. You can call our office or use our online booking system to schedule an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.