Chiropractic medicine is recognized world-wide as one of the safest, non-invasive, and non-drug therapies available for the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and disorders. Chiropractic physicians are perhaps best known for their expertise treating back pain, neck pain, and headaches, but they are also experts in a much larger range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which involves the joints, ligaments, and muscles. Chiropractic physicians provide safe, effective, evidenced-based care for patients of all ages and circumstances, from young athletes, to pregnant women, to older workers.
Chiropractic physicians are well trained diagnosticians for any number of conditions, but are often best known for their expertise with highly skilled manipulations, or chiropractic adjustments. A chiropractic manipulation is highly refined manual procedure to manipulate the joints of the body (including the spine) in order to restore and/or enhance joint function. This can help reduce pain and joint inflammation, and improve function. The manipulation of a joint sometimes causes a small and harmless popping sound as the pressure changes within the joint. Patients often note improvements immediately following treatment, although some patients have some mild soreness or aching after manipulation, which usually fades within 24 hours.
New clinical evidence comes out every month supporting the efficacy of chiropractic medicine, and frequently show its higher efficacy over certain surgeries and pain medications. Thus, you may be surprised to learn that chiropractic medicine is often the most easily accessible and cost-effective approach for pain relief, as well. You may find some of the following materials from the American Chiropractic Association helpful so you are comfortable and confident finding a doctor, knowing what to expect in the first and subsequent visits, and what you can do to improve the efficacy and timeline of your recovery:
- Healthy Living – How Safe is Chiropractic Care
- Healthy Living – What Should I Tell My Doctor
- Healthy Living – Getting Healthy with Chiropractic
- HealthyLiving – Choosing A Chiropractor
Under the direction of Dr. Michael Herb, Absolute Wellness Center in Eugene, OR provides sports medicine, chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, massage, and more. If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic medicine at Absolute Wellness Center, contact us at 541-484-5777.