A subluxation is a misalignment of the spine. This can cause abnormal wear and tear to the spinal joints, ligaments and surrounding musculature which build up over time and eventually cause pain and dysfunction. Much like a poor wheel alignment on a car causes the tires to wear out quicker than they should, poor spinal alignment causes the spinal joints and discs to wear out quicker than they should.
Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.
Chiropractic is used for relief of pain in muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment, ultrasound, interferential therapy, stretches and/or strengthening exercises. At Med One we often use a combination of both conventional medicine and natural chiropractic care to bring about quickest and most effective pain relief available. Lifestyle changes, exercises, and stretches are often taught to prevent flare ups and help our patients better manage their pain.