What is Chiropractic?

People generally think of chiropractors when they think of back or neck problems, but what a lot of people don’t know is that chiropractors are trained to deal with the whole body. Some focus only on the spine, but there is a wide range of specialties a chiropractor can do. I specialize in neuromusculoskeletal problems. That means anything that has to do with nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and the symptoms that come along with them when something goes wrong. The way to think about most problems that have to do with health is to figure out what is causing the problem. Then the solution is often obvious, although sometimes difficult. That is the way chiropractors are trained to think. I’ll give you an example. Say you’re suffering from knee pain. Could you take a medication or have an injection that could help take the pain away? Sure. But that doesn’t fix any problem that is causing the knee pain. What if you had previously sprained your ankle severely and it is mostly better but is still kind of stiff. That could be causing you to have a little hitch in your step that may not ever be noticeable unless looked at very carefully. This could be twisting your knee with every step causing pain. If you just address the knee pain by blocking it with something or even just treating the knee, it will never actually get better. The ankle has to be fixed in order to take away the cause of the knee pain. This is what a chiropractor does to help most problems get better. It sometimes takes a little time and effort, and can also be difficult for some situations because it might require some lifestyle modifications. But, it will be worth it when the problem is gone, and stays gone and you can continue living your life the way you want, pain free.

Peter Schulz