Imagine your body as a series of joints methodically put together to achieve motion (mobility). The spine is the most complex structure in the human body comprised of more than 200 bones and over 650 muscles. The bones are connected by joints which are aligned a specific way to allow smooth, stable and controlled movement. Muscles attach above and below to those joints, which generate force to produce movement.
When there is an alteration in mobility or alignment of a joint that affects the ability to function normally, it is referred to as a subluxation.
A subluxation can also cause an imbalance in the nervous system. This creates symptoms, such as pain (local or radiating), numbness and tingling, or weakness to list a few examples.
Your nervous system controls movement, posture, balance, and it regulates all bodily functions. Which is why Chiropractic adjustments can affect digestion, for example.
Subluxations are typically caused by traumatic or repetitive use injuries, poor posture, lack of exercise, or some combination of these factors. Nutrition, stress, and genetic predisposition can also play a role.
Chiropractic treatment safely reduces subluxations and improves joint mobility and alignment with minimal stress to the joints and supportive soft tissues. This decreases the amount of biomechanical stress at the level of the joint which reduces dysfunction and pain.
If subluxations are not addressed properly, over time, these effects can lead to additional wear and tear to the joint and supportive soft tissues, resulting in joint inflammation, scar tissue formation, and imbalanced muscles and function.
Chiropractors are board certified and licensed.
What Can Chiropractic Adjustments Help Treat?
Professional chiropractic adjustments can help treat:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Chronic stress (by releasing muscle tension)
- Injuries from car accidents
- Sports injuries
- Herniated disks
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure and its functional abilities. Our goal at Minneapolis Health and Wellness in Minneapolis is to both alleviate pain and improve or restore mobility, alignment, and stability, which leads to improved function and quality of life.
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A small, spring-loaded and handheld instrument is applied to the specific joint to softly mobilize subluxations to correct or improve joint motion and restore alignment. The procedure is gentle, and generally painless.
A controlled thrust is applied to the affected area by hand. When many people think of chiropractic care, this is what they envision. There are many levels of manual manipulation. DMR Chiropractors developed a graded system for manipulations. The goal of an adjustment is to apply the right amount of pressure to achieve improved mobility and alignment but not cause irritation or increased pain. The Chiropractor will assess your spine/affected joints at each visit to determine the level of manipulation that is appropriate.
This technique is very common in the chiropractic field. The drop table technique involves the chiropractor using the table to assist the manipulation. As the patient lies on the table, the chiropractor will apply a gentle force into the patient’s affected joint to correct the subluxation. The table releases with predetermined amount of tension and will drop slightly beneath the patient. This takes up a lot of the force of the adjustment, making it very gentle on the patient. This allows for easy customization of the patient’s manipulation. The amount of tension used with the drop piece is adjusted per individual patient and his or her injury or condition.
The Benefits of Our Minneapolis Chiropractic Care
Improved Mobility and Flexibility
Lack of range of motion and flexibility leads to tight, stiff, and painful joints. This can affect every aspect of your life—from recreational activities to work duties. The repetitive nature of our daily routines can create imbalance in our musculoskeletal frame. This can lead to chronic musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Chiropractic care safely and effectively addresses these issues which impacts your ability to be active and live the quality of life you strive for. We will talk about your goals and make a plan to get you there! Chiropractic can help manage mobility issues.
Reduction in Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can be complex. There are multiple contributing factors that need to be addressed. At Minneapolis Health & Wellness, there is an integrated team of providers with different specialties that will be involved in your care. Together we formulate a collaborative treatment plan that is unique to you that will get you on the path to health and wellness
General Health and Maintenance Care
Our body a far greater ability to heal then might know of. The nervous system controls all bodily functions and how your body heals, functions and adapts to stressors. Subluxations cause compression and irritation to the pathways that affect organ systems of the body. When we use specific Chiropractic Adjustments to correct subluxations, the nervous system gets back into the proper gear and can appropriately address the challenges that have been negatively impacting the patient, such as improved digestion and improved sleep, as examples.
Improved Sports Performance
When one has reduced mobility and flexibility, chronic pain, or pain resulting from an injury, addressing the root cause which is likely structural imbalance is key. Our collaborative team of Chiropractors and Physical Therapists will identify and treat your unique condition.
Schedule a consultation with Minneapolis Health and Wellness. We aim to be the best chiropractor near you. Our uniquely collaborative, DMR Method in Minneapolis means you will get the most out of your treatment with us. Call us today at 612-750-7168.