Chiropractors and the Musculoskeletal System:
You may have found yourself wondering just what exactly are chiropractors and what do they Do? Chiropractors are doctors who are trained to specifically diagnose and treat conditions of your musculoskeletal system. So what exactly is your musculoskeletal system you ask? It’s made up of your bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissues that help support and bind the tissues and organs together. It’s what holds you together while providing form, support, stability and movement to your body. Chiropractors have a thorough understanding of this complex anatomical engineering. While most people may think chiropractors just deal with conditions of the neck and back, they are trained to evaluate any joint from your head to your toes!
So how do we accomplish this? To help you understand what a chiropractor does, first let us take a look at how we are made. The spine is the focal point of most, if not all chiropractic treatment. It is formed out of 33 separate bones, in a single column. Between each of the bones is a cushion made up of a gel like substance; this helps with flexibility and mobility. Unfortunately, as we age, this gel gradually hardens, reducing flexibility and increasing the likelihood of pain. One of the chiropractor’s jobs is to keep these bones in a straight line with each other, known as alignment.
Through certain techniques the chiropractor can help to alleviate the problems and pain associated with a number of conditions. Herniated discs, spinal misalignment and nerve problems are just three. Virtually all of our nerves, muscles and joints are related to the spine in some way or other and problems with the spine will cause problems elsewhere in the body. The chiropractor will diagnose and treat each condition separately if they can, However, if they cannot they will make sure you are referred to someone who can help you.