Chiropractor downtown chicagoThe 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.


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