The word “chiropractic” is of Greek origin and, essentially, means “done by hand.” It is grounded in a basic principle: when the nervous system is functioning as it should and the skeletal system is correctly aligned, the body can heal itself.
You’ve likely heard about a chiropractor doing an adjustment on your spine. An adjustment is recommended when the spine’s vertebrae (bones and cartilage) are not aligned properly – which causes pinched nerves and pain; it can also lead to other health problems.
A chiropractor uses his or her hands – or sometimes an adjusting tool – to perform gentle manipulations of the vertebrae. In very simple terms, one of the main tasks of a chiropractor is to correct this misalignment and relieve pain. However, the chiropractors at our clinic do so much more than this.
Guided by a Functional Medicine approach – the core philosophy of healthcare at American Back Center – our chiropractors will often combine their specialized knowledge with that of other healthcare professions (such as osteopathic, medical and physical therapy) to get at the root cause of your problem before recommending a treatment plan. We don’t just treat your symptoms; we treat you as a whole person.
As part of our comprehensive care program, we also provide you with nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling to ensure your symptoms don’t return – and to maintain a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. The American Back Center offers a range of specialized treatments that combine chiropractic with other therapies – including pre- and post-natal care. Our chiropractors are also especially trained to treat sports injuries.
How it works
When the bones (vertebrae) of the spine are not correctly aligned, it results in a condition known as subluxation. Nerve transmission is disrupted and causes pain in the back and neck, as well as other areas of the body. That’s where chiropractic treatment often comes in. In the simplest terms, it involves correcting the misalignment by performing an “adjustment.” It is a misconception that a chiropractor “cracks” the bones in the spine during an adjustment. The sound sometimes made during treatment is not bones moving or cracking. Rather, it is the sound of pressure being released – a bit like when a champagne cork pops, except much quieter.Chiropractic care can be an excellent option for certain problems associated with neck and back pain, as well as other conditions. It is also a viable alternative to surgery and drugs, without any of the side effects.
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Much of the body’s ability to heal itself and maintain health is based on the optimal functioning of the body’s musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates body activities. Nerves control all the functions in our body – from breathing and digestion to movement, circulation and touch. Scientific research supports the belief that disease can result from a lack of normal nerve function.
To understand how nerve function might be interrupted, it is important to consider the anatomy of your spine. The spine is made up of 24 vertebrae (bone and cartilage segments). Bending, twisting and general body movement is considered part of typical vertebral function. Sometimes, because of accidents, stress, poor posture or falls, these vertebrae shift or get jammed and the normal movement between them is lost. The nerves connected to the spine then become irritated. Once irritation occurs, the resulting pain and discomfort can interfere with the natural ability of the nervous system to keep the body healthy and pain free.
Benefits of Chiropractic
Pain relief is just one of the benefits of chiropractic treatment. Patients commonly report increased energy, better sleep patterns, and enhanced athletic performance – in short, a more optimal state of health and a greater ability to enjoy life. The nervous system holds the key to the body’s incredible potential to heal itself.
Most people think of visiting the chiropractor when they are in pain or have recently injured themselves. However, there are tremendous benefits to seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis. Did you know, for instance, that one way to protect your body from injury and disease is to maintain proper alignment through chiropractic care? Our body is able to heal itself and maintain health much easier if the musculoskeletal and nervous systems are functioning properly. The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates body activities. It is believed that disease can result from a lack of normal nerve function. When our bodies are out of alignment, it can affect nerve function and cause pain, fatigue or interrupted sleep. Every day wear and tear on the body, as well as slips, falls, accidents and countless other stresses over the course of your lifetime can have a negative impact on the health of your spine. In our decades of experience, those patients who commit to long-term, wellness chiropractic care experience a reduced level of pain as well as enjoy a higher quality of life and health – which is what we want most for you. Learn more about our back pain services and see why we are the top Chicago Chiropractic clinic.
Many patients who undergo our Sports Medicine programs report long-term relief and enhanced performance. Our chiropractors are specially trained and board certified as Chiropractors of Sports Medicine thus making them experts in sports-related injuries. In addition to severe pain and frustration, sports-related injuries – such as sprains, fractures, muscle-tears and joint pain – can cause long-term mobility issues if not comprehensively treated. Many sports injuries are soft tissue types brought about by improper biomechanics (how your body moves), incongruent conditioning and incorrect sporting techniques. To effectively address and treat the underlying imbalances and deficiencies that cause these injuries, the American Back Center’s team of specialists develop customized, integrative treatment programs that utilize any one or combination of the following methods: chiropractic techniques, gait analysis, massage therapy and pressure point therapy, PT applications, acupuncture, VAX-D and nutritional coaching. We offer many other chiropractic treatments and therapies as well.
Moms and mothers-to-be everywhere are discovering the vast array of benefits associated with natural healthcare during pregnancy. American Back Center’s caring atmosphere and individualized approach provide the perfect wellness solution for expectant and new mothers. Our team’s unique blend of training, knowledge and philosophy in overall healthcare enables expectant and new mothers to get the most out of their maternal experience. Several of the practitioners on staff have experienced firsthand the incredible advantages of our comprehensive treatment programs during pregnancy. We understand what you’re going through – and we are there for you, all the way. Pain Management for Pregnant Women Every pregnancy is different and comes with its own aches, pains and surprises. Our providers will design a unique treatment program to help combat the various side-effects of pregnancy— including headaches, cramps, acute muscular discomfort and fatigue. Stress Management Your body is not only emotionally stressed but also physically taxed as well during and following pregnancy. Muscle tension, fatigue, hormonal fluctuations and many other prenatal and post-natal symptoms can be managed naturally by our practitioners. We offer individual treatments or a combination – including chiropractic, acupuncture and nutritional coaching – to help you cope safely and effectively with the challenges of pregnancy and new motherhood. Webster Technique For treatment of specific gestational conditions, the gentle, non-invasive Webster Technique has remarkable success. The Webster In-Utero Constraint Technique is designed to relieve the musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint, which may lead to the need for a cesarean section. Clinical studies show that the Webster Technique can be highly effective in correcting breech malpositions by naturally correcting mothers’ subluxations and allowing for babies to turn in-utero in preparation for birth. In other words, chiropractic treatment throughout your pregnancy can help to prepare your body for a safe, natural delivery. Pre- and Post-Partum Wellness & Rehabilitation Maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy and dropping the baby weight after the birth can be a concern for new moms. Hormonal imbalances as a result of pregnancy might be affecting your health – or sometimes you just don’t feel like it’s your body anymore. We can teach you how to get back to feeling like yourself without taking time away from your new baby. Our practitioners will devise a focused, individualized program that may include a combination of chiropractic, fitness, physical therapy and nutrition care. The comprehensive plan will not only help you get back in shape; it will give you increased levels of energy and provide you with the tools needed to handle the challenges of motherhood, so you can embrace your wonderful new life. Learn more about the services our experienced team of Chicago chiropractors has to offer.