Chiropractic treatment consists of safe, often gentle, specific adjustments, done by hand, or using specific tools, to free joints and other areas of the body that are not moving properly. The treatment is not usually painful.
By manipulating joints, chiropractors stimulate joint movement receptors (the body’s position sensors which provide feedback to the brain on where the joint is in space). This stimulation can affect the way the nervous system works. Depending on where the nerve irritation has occurred in the spine, symptoms may include the following:
- neck pain;
- some types of headache;
- back pain;
- shoulder, arm, wrist and hand problems;
- leg, knee, ankle and foot problems.
Sometimes the irritation of the nerve in one area can lead to pain (known as ‘referred’ pain) in other parts of the body.
To complement your treatment, you will also be given advice on strengthening any weak areas, and effective support methods to do at home, to help relieve your pain as soon as possible.