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What is Chiropractic Edina Medicine?

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Though chiropractic was used by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks thousands of years ago, modern chiropractic was founded by a Canadian, Daniel David Palmer in 1895. Chiropractic literally means “to perform with the hands” which is essentially what chiropractic does: to perform manual treatment of the joints and muscles of the body. Modern chiropractors are well-educated and graduates of a three to four year course in chiropractic medicine. They need to pass a national chiropractic state board exam in order to be eligible to practice chiropractic medicine in that state. They also need to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council in order to be legally called chiropractors. Today, chiropractic medicine is the most popular alternative form of treatment for neuromusculoskeletal injuries in the US.

Chiropractors focus on the neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) system because it is their belief that most pains and sicknesses stem from problems in the NMS system. The chiropractor Edina “manipulates” or adjusts the system to improve their function. Chiropractors look for a subluxation or a misalignment of a vertebra that interferes with proper neural signals of the brain to the muscles, organs and tissues. This subluxation is often the cause of the pain and the problem itself and if not treated leads to spine degeneration, which further complicates the health problem of the individual.

Just like going to a mainstream physician for consultation, the chiropractor will need to physically examine the patient before it is determined that chiropractic is the best treatment for the patient’s problem. The chiropractor will need to review the patient’s medical history and a physical examination before a diagnosis is reached. Physical examination usually entails checking the vital signs of the patient. Apart from the vital sign checkup, the patient might undergo orthopaedic (bone), neurological (nerve) tests and joint and muscle examination. An x-ray examination may be done to locate exactly where the pain is originating. The chiropractor usually treats injured patients. Physical injuries, muscle strains, chronic back pain, shoulder and arm pain, arthritic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome are among a few problems, which chiropractic medicine treats. Many injuries affect the nerves and many times, the affected nerves are the most painful experienced in the body.

A particular and common form of chiropractic treatment is the chiropractic adjustment. A specific misplaced joint is treated by applying force, with a certain pressure going in a specific direction to move it to its proper position. There are many techniques to chiropractic adjustment and it is up to the chiropractor to use the best technique for one’s problem. The chiropractor not only treats but also trains the patient on how to properly handle the body to avoid further neuromusculoskeletal injuries. Chiropractors do have exercise programmes for this that can be done at home.

Written by Valerie

May 21st, 2011 at 6:57 am