The basics of chiropractic care involve establishing balance in the musculoskeletal structure of the body. It is important to treat both the skeleton as well as the muscles if a treatment plan is going to be effective. Chiropractic adjustments can restore balance within the skeleton after an illness or an injury, but it does more than just address the position of the bones. Chiropractic care also includes treatment of the muscles and connective tissues that provide both support and strength to the entire structure. Without the muscles, the skeleton could not move and the body would not function. When balance is restored in the physical body, the mental and emotional aspects can also begin to balance themselves as well.
The number of chiropractic adjustments needed to elicit a healing response will vary according to the severity of the injury. The number of adjustments may also depend on other factors, like health conditions that will affect how quickly the patient will heal. If there is more than one injury in question, the chiropractor will have to determine whether or not the injuries will be treated together or if each one will be treated separately. Many chiropractors will include other treatment options in the patient's recovery plan to make sure they get everything they need in the way of structural support and strength training.
Chiropractic care and physical therapy go hand in hand just like muscles and bones work seamlessly within the body. Just as the muscles support the bones, helping them to move and perform certain actions, physical therapy helps to maintain the balance in the body that is re-established through the use of chiropractic adjustments. After an accident or illness, the bones and connective tissues may be slightly out of balance due to inflammation. Once the chiropractic adjustment moves them back to where they belong, they will begin to exercise the muscles, preventing the inflammation from returning and helping to build strength so bones will have the support they need to heal in the correct position.
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