The roots of chiropractic care can be traced back hundreds of
years. The Greek physician Hippocrates published texts detailing
the importance of understanding and caring for the spine.
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the
nervous system and the structural system of the body-the joints,
bones, and muscles. The theory behind chiropractic care is that
misalignments of the spinal joints and muscles can cause nerve
pressure and irritation, contributing to pain, restriction of
motion, and general disease. This keeps the body from functioning
at its full potential.
Using natural, hands-on techniques, your chiropractor manually
adjusts the spine and other areas of the body into proper alignment
or motion. Research has shown that chiropractic care can be
effective for treating back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Doctors
of chiropractic also treat other areas of the body, including
knees, hips, and shoulders.
Chiropractic medicine emphasizes holistic care and the
importance of the relationship between your health, your lifestyle,
and your state of mind. It is designed to be noninvasive and to
support your body's natural healing abilities. Chiropractic
medicine focuses on preventive care and on treating the underlying
cause of illness rather than the symptoms. Your practitioner will
emphasize hands-on care and will encourage communication between
you, your practitioner, and your primary care physician.
What to expect at your chiropractic
Chiropractic care focuses on the spine. When the spine becomes
misaligned, the flow of information from the brain to the body can
be distorted. This keeps the body from functioning at full
potential. Your chiropractor will gently correct misalignments and
muscle restrictions, which will allow your nervous system to
coordinate your body and its functions more smoothly. Your
chiropractor will correct these mechanical problems using hands-on
techniques that include stretching, gentle pressure, and rapid
movement. You may feel relief after a single adjustment, but
long-lasting conditions usually take multiple visits to achieve
Research has shown that chiropractic care can be effective for
treating lower back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Many
chiropractors also treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, carpal
tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and strains.
How to schedule an appointment
To make an appointment, please call the Kaiser Permanente Center
for Complementary Medicine nearest you. The Kaiser Permanente
Center for Complementary Medicine is open to everyone. You do not
have to be a Kaiser Permanente member to come to our facilities and
receive chiropractic, acupuncture, or massage treatment. Whether
you are a member or nonmember, you will receive the same
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