Chiropractic is a therapy for certain functional and painful disorders of the musculoskeletal system as well as their effects on other functions, biomechanical and neurophysiological for example. It makes it possible to diagnose them, to treat them, and if possible to prevent them. For spinal decompression this is important.
These effects can be expressed locally by a limitation of movement, pain, contractures, or at a distance, by headaches, irradiations in the limbs, etc. There have been cases where internal functions have been affected. Chiropractic treatment is indicated as soon as there is a disturbance in the static or the dynamics of the human body. This disturbance can be due to an illness, an accident, or simply the time that passes on each of us.
Chiropractic also treats, of course, specific conditions such as low back pain, non-surgical herniated disc, whiplash, etc. The chiropractor or chiropractor restores normal function, mobility, of the joints. He or she works with his hands, achieving his goal by impulses precisely measured on the joint whose function is disturbed. To understand what happens during this manipulation of a joint, it is important to know all the “components” concerned and the function assigned to them.
A natural and comprehensive medical approach
Chiropractic is a natural and comprehensive medical approach focused on the diagnosis, treatment, prophylaxis and rehabilitation of functional disorders and pain syndromes of the musculoskeletal system, as well as their biomechanical and neurophysiological consequences. The vertebral column, the pelvis and the peripheral joints play a central role, from a diagnostic and therapeutic point of view.
“Who acts with the hand” but much more than that
It, therefore, goes well beyond manual treatment, strictly speaking, which gives it its etymology from the ancient Greek chiro “hand” and praktikos “which acts”, to encompass an orientation of the patient towards a lifestyle that meets the requirements of his musculoskeletal system.
A fully-fledged discipline of scientific medicine
It is a fully-fledged discipline of scientific medicine, which essentially uses non-invasive and non-drug interventions and is fully integrated into a modern approach to health. The doctor of chiropractic, therefore, has complete medical training as well as specialist skills in diagnosis, manual treatment and prevention of dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system as well as the resulting disorders.
Chiropractic treatment aims, among other things, through the restoration of joint mobility, to break this circle of pain. It remedies the disturbance in the vertebral joint concerned, and thus decreases the abnormally increased flow of information sent to the spinal cord. The affected musculature thus receives its usual amount of information again, and its nominal tension normalizes. Muscle function is improved, the abnormal load decreases, irritation and inflammation decrease.
The famous crunch
Chiropractors have various manual techniques that allow them to remedy the blockage of a joint and improve its mobility. The principle consists in subjecting the joint, respecting its physiological limits, to precise and finely measured manual impulses, to loosen the blocked surfaces, and therefore to restore and improve its mobility.
Most often, handling is accompanied by a cracking sound. Impressive, but painless: between the two bony elements of a joint, when they are put back in motion, there is a depression which causes certain components of the synovial fluid to pass into the gaseous state; it is these “gas bubbles” which crackle and generate this cracking characteristic of chiropractic manipulation. The manipulation is not only aimed at normalizing joint function, but also at exerting a reflex action on the surrounding tissues, muscles, tendons, nervous system.