What are the most common conditions that can be treated by chiropractic care?

What are the most common conditions that can be treated by chiropractic care?

When people think of chiropractic care, one of the first things that they typically think of is a traditional adjustment. While what appears to be professional back cracking is certainly a part of chiropractor care, there is so much more to the benefits that chiropractic can produce on the entire body. To discover the most common conditions that can be treated by chiropractic care, read on. You may be surprised to discover that chiropractic care offers a multitude of benefits for many conditions and concerns!

What exactly is chiropractic care?

If chiropractic care isn’t just fancy back-cracking then what is it? Chiropractic care is the holistic care of the entire neuromusculoskeletal system. The neuromusculoskeletal system is the intersection of three major systems of the body: your nervous system, your muscular system, and your skeletal system. What makes chiropractic care a special and unique system of treatment is that it is able to balance this entire system during each session.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a special chiropractic technique that involves the hands-on movement of the joints. This can be done all over the body but is best known when used to treat the spine. To perform a chiropractic adjustment, your Helena chiropractor must have a complete understanding of the body’s anatomy. This means that a comprehensive assessment must be conducted to determine where there’s a misalignment present in the body.

Once you’ve received your complete consultation to determine the alignment of your body, your chiropractor will perform an adjustment. The adjustment involves applying pressure to the exterior of the body on specific points that stimulate the movement of the joints.

Benefits of a Chiropractic Adjustment

Chiropractic adjustments have many benefits, especially if your body is imbalanced or feeling discomfort. Chiropractic adjustments are known for the ability to help restore balance to the body and improve overall function. Whether you feel poorly or you feel at your peak of health and wellness, chiropractic adjustments offer some benefits to you.

The most well-known benefit of chiropractic adjustment is spinal realignment. Because the spine is the central hub of the nervous system, any misalignment can cause all kinds of problems in the body. People are surprised to discover that when the spine is misaligned, you may begin to have unexplainable headaches, aches and pains, digestive problems, and overall reduced function of your body. This is because the nervous system is responsible for controlling so much of your conscious and unconscious bodily processes. When nerve energy is inhibited by misaligned joints, the hormones and chemicals that the nervous system regulates can become unregulated, leading to other physical problems.

By correcting the misalignment in the spine, which a chiropractic spinal alignment can successfully help to achieve, nerve energy flow can become much improved. This means that chronic headaches and migraines can be alleviated, digestive problems can be reduced or corrected, pain and discomfort dissipate, and more energy and vigor flow through the body.

Regular chiropractic adjustments can make a world of difference in overall health. To fully realize the benefits of adjustments, it’s ideal to receive them regularly. Regular chiropractic adjustments can have a compounding effect that can increase the effectiveness of your treatment. An individualized treatment plan is the best strategy for ensuring that you are receiving the maximum benefit from your spinal adjustments.

What is spinal traction?

Spinal traction is another chiropractic treatment that helps to align the spine. Spinal traction can deliver long-term results in the alignment of your spine, helping to correct scoliosis and other imbalances that compromise the body’s structure and function. Spinal traction is one of the main components of individualized treatment plans that are intended to correct significant spinal misalignment.

Spinal traction involves the use of manual machines which can be set up for your unique needs. These machines are not typically mechanized. Traction machines look like tables with a series of straps and moveable arms. These straps are placed around key points of the body and pulled into alignment gently.

How is spinal traction different from chiropractic adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustments are characterized by the application of precise force to specific areas of the spine and body, oftentimes with hands or a specialized tool. Chiropractic adjustments are usually brief, very localized, and appropriate for all ages and bodies.

Spinal traction is a more specific, customized form of care than a spinal adjustment. Both spinal adjustments and spinal traction can provide immediate benefits and relief to the body, but spinal traction is typically part of a long-term treatment plan. Spinal traction may not be appropriate for everyone, but can often provide positive, significant changes in the spinal structure.

To get the most out of spinal traction, it’s important for Dr. Nick Smith to collect a complete set of x-rays. Spinal traction uses the prolonged application of pressure to move joints over time, shifting them back toward proper alignment. By using your x-rays, Dr. Nick Smith can determine exactly which joints and areas of the spine are misaligned, and then place you in the correct spinal traction setup.

What is manual manipulation?

Manual manipulation is another way that chiropractors can provide hands-on treatment to areas of your body that may be misaligned or require some type of attention. Although spinal adjustment falls under the category of manual manipulation, manual manipulations can differ and provide different benefits.

Manual manipulation is a hands-on treatment in which Dr. Nick Smith will either use their hands or a specialized tool. If a tool is used, there are many different options available to your chiropractor, each with a different function. Using manual manipulation, Dr. Nick Smith will treat your neuromusculoskeletal system directly.

Manual manipulation will be used to smooth and relax tense or strained muscles, gently shift and loosen tendons, ligaments, and joints, and stimulate and rebalance the nervous system. You may receive manual manipulation that feels similar to massage. Keep in mind that your Helena chiropractor is an expert in anatomy and understanding your nervous system, muscular system, and skeletal system. As such, a chiropractor’s manual manipulation will serve a different purpose than manual manipulation from a massage therapist or physical therapist.

Conditions That Chiropractic Can Treat

Whether you’re receiving a chiropractic adjustment, spinal traction, or manual manipulation, chiropractic care can help to treat a variety of imbalances and disorders. Dr. Nick Smith understands which kinds of treatments are best for your individual condition and circumstances, so be sure to explain whatever symptoms you’re experiencing. By communicating transparently with your chiropractor, you’re sure to receive the best treatment possible.

Back Pain

One of the most common dysfunctions in the neuromusculoskeletal system, chiropractic care is known to effectively treat back pain. While the application of treatment might be different for everyone, chiropractic care offers the tools to correct the spine. When the spine is corrected, pain can be significantly reduced, or even eliminated.

Neck Pain

Neck pain can be the result of strained muscles, tendons, joints, or nerves in the cervical spine. Chiropractic care can effectively treat neck pain, reducing it or eliminating it completely. Depending on the origin of your neck pain, Dr. Nick Smith will develop a plan to treat you and help decrease your discomfort by addressing the cause of your pain at the root.

Digestive Problems

Did you know that chiropractic care can treat the digestive system? Chiropractic care affects the nervous system, including the enteric nervous system which controls digestion. Chiropractic can help reduce or eliminate digestive problems like constipation, GERD, acid reflux, nausea, diarrhea, and more.

Headaches & Migraines

Headaches and migraines can be caused by misalignment in the cervical spine. If you’ve thought that migraines and headaches are something you need to live with, think again—chiropractic care can provide significant relief.


Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Scoliosis can cause unpleasant symptoms in addition to visible deformities in posture. Chiropractic care can treat scoliosis, even helping to move the spine back toward proper alignment.

Forward Head Posture (Text Neck)

Forward head posture is a very common postural deformity that affects people of all ages, including children and adolescents. Time spent hunched over or craning your head to look at TVs, cell phones, iPads, or gaming devices can cause the neck to migrate away from the shoulders and forward.

Where can I get treated?

You can begin your treatment journey today by giving us a call and scheduling your first appointment. At Elevation Spine & Wellness, we are devoted to providing the highest quality of care available. Dr. Nick Smith has helped hundreds of patients to experience relief and improved well-being by treating a huge variety of conditions at the root cause. If you’re tired of living in pain and discomfort or simply want to upgrade your baseline of health, our care may provide you with the transformational results you’ve been looking for.

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