The Greek physician Hippocrates, who is regarded as the father of western medicine, declared the importance of the back’s condition in a person’s overall health. In one of his writings, he said, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” With over $50 billion spent by Americans on back pain each year, Hippocrates must’ve really been on to something.
The cold Minnesota winters are particularly brutal for people who suffer chronic joint and back aches. In fact, studies show that back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. It is also one of the most common reasons for missed work. Patients suffering from back pain and other pervasive conditions turn to chiropractors in St. Paul for relief.
Chiropractic care works on the premise that the proper alignment of the musculoskeletal system will allow the body to self-heal. Chiropractors practice a drug-free, literally hands-on approach to diagnosis and treatment. They are also trained to provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling to patients.
The most common procedure performed by chiropractors is known as spinal manipulation. Controlled force is applied to hypomobile joints or joints that are restricted in their movement as a result of a sustained tissue injury caused by a traumatic event. Injured tissues can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Adjustment of the affected joints and tissues alleviates pain and muscle tightness by restoring mobility and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic treatments can either be a primary or complementary form of medical treatment. In cases where other medical conditions exist, adjustments support conventional medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal symptoms associated with the condition. This treatment causes minimal discomfort at most. Mild soreness or aching, similar to that experienced after exercise, might be experienced within 12 to 48 hours following the adjustment.
This treatment has evolved from its roots in ancient Greece and China to become a sophisticated paradigm of healthcare that utilizes the latest in clinical examination, laboratory testing, imaging, and other state-of-the-art technology in diagnosis. These tools are used in places like the Capitol Health Center to determine when and what chiropractic treatment is appropriate. If it is not, chiropractors in St. Paul readily refer patients to appropriate health care providers of mainstream medicine.
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