Chiropractic is the second most commonly used form of health care in the United States today. To qualify as a practitioner, a chiropractic physician must complete 5 years of chiropractic school in addition to a four year undergraduate degree, and then pass national board examinations.
Chiropractors specialize in disorders and diseases that involve the Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal (NMS) systems. Most commonly, these are associated with back and neck pain because of successes that have been achieved with chiropractic care. Chiropractic physicians also treat NMS disorders related to other regions of the body, such as shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and feet. They’re also well educated in other areas, including nutrition, rehabilitation, internal medicine, and infections.
The main treatment that’s been associated with chiropractic care is manipulation. It’s known that over 2500 years ago in Greece and 2000 years ago in China, spinal manipulation was used to treat people for health problems. In the late 1800’s it was formally recognized as Chiropractic.
The goal of the manipulation is to restore normal joint function and movement to an immobile joint segment which could be causing pain. To accomplish this, a neurological impulse is created, helping reset muscular tones around the segment which partially generates pain. Additionally, manipulation has been found to release internal chemical mediators that help decrease pain.
We also use other therapies such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, light therapies, myofascial release, and specific muscle techniques.
Chiropractic Physicians are also experienced in conservative measures of care for a wide variety of other conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, indigestion, and irritable bowel disease, to name a few.
At DuPage Health and Physical Therapy Center, whether you are in pain or simply looking to increase your physical performance, we look forward to working with you to bring you to better health.