Chiropractic FAQs

Your Knoxville Chiropractor Answers FAQs about Chiropractic Medicine

The goal of chiropractic medicine is to restore optimal functioning to your nervous system by implementing a variety of drug-free, surgery-free techniques that focus on your spine and musculoskeletal system  If your spinal vertebrae are not aligned properly, bony vertebrae can press against nerves, causing chronic back and neck pain. In addition, your overall health may be impacted due to widespread  inflammation reducing the ability of your immune system to fight off illness. If you suffer joint and muscle pain because of an auto accident, work injury or sports injury, schedule an appointment with your chiropractor in Knoxville TN.

What Conditions are Treated by a Chiropractor?

Whiplash, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, spinal nerve root disease, spinal stenosis and nearly any disorder affecting your musculoskeletal system. Your Knoxville chiropractor can also relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia, reduce migraine attacks, alleviate shoulder pain and provide physical therapy to strengthen muscles and tendons suffering the consequences of a sports injury or work injury.

What is a Spinal Adjustment?

To correct spinal subluxation (misalignment of the vertebrae), chiropractors manually massage and manipulate various areas of the spine so that displaced vertebrae return to their proper positions. This eliminates pressure on spinal nerves and allows your body's natural healing abilities to alleviate back pain and inflammation responsible for many health problems.

Are Adjustments Painful?

Adjustments are not painful but some patients may hear a gentle popping sounds during treatment. This is called joint cavitation, which indicates gases have been released from spinal joints. Joint pressure decreases dramatically following an adjustment as the releases of oxygen and nitrogen allows joints to return to improved conditions. Undergoing regular adjustments not only keeps your nervous system in excellent health but is also recommended for treating auto accident injuries such as whiplash or delayed onset muscle soreness.

What are the Benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy involves a traction table to relieve pressure on spinal nerves irritated by misaligned vertebrae, bulging discs , sciatica and herniated discs. Aging and normal wear and tear on discs cause discs to thin, weaken and eventually bulge or rupture. Spinal loading, or placing stress on the spine for extended periods by sitting, lifting improperly or standing excessively, also contributes to lumbar disc degradation. Spinal decompression can help relieve chronic back pain and neck pain, improve the ability of your immune system to fight infection and stimulate blood flow and circulation of lymphatic fluids

Maximizing nervous system functioning with chiropractic medicine facilitates the ability of your body to relax, rest and heal. You will also feel better when you allow your body to heal as naturally as possible instead of taking medications that can cause side effects or even worsen your general health.

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