Chiropractic is a form of complementary and alternative medicine concerned with preventing, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system as well as any effects they may have on a patient’s general health. Back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and headaches are some of the most common complaints that chiropractic practitioners address.
Our Forgey practitioners are usually referred to as Doctors of Chiropractic (DC), chiropractors, or chiropractic physicians. Their approach to diagnosis and treatment is natural, hands-on, drug-free, and nonsurgical, relying instead on the body’s natural ability to relieve pain and restore overall health.
The role of Vancouver WA chiropractors in health care is to identify problems in the patient’s neuromusculoskeletal system, recommend a treatment plan composed of therapeutic and rehabilitative activities, and counsel patients on nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and stress management. Some chiropractors supplement their practice with therapies that use water, heat, massage, ultrasound, acupuncture, or electric currents.
Before coming up with an appropriate chiropractic treatment plan, our Vancouver, WA chiropractors may use a combination of the following assessment methods: clinical exam, lab testing, diagnostic imaging, and other diagnostic interventions.
The primary chiropractic procedure common among all practitioners is a form of manual therapy known as chiropractic adjustment or manipulation. Through the application of controlled force that moves the problem area (spine, joints, and soft tissues) beyond its normal range of motion, the chiropractor is able to alleviate pain, correct alignment problems, and promote the body’s inherent recuperative abilities.
Chiropractic adjustments can restore function and mobility lost as a result of tissue injury. Patients usually come in complaining because of pain or inflammation caused by lifting heavy objects, poor posture, and other events that cause tissue trauma.
An adjustment does more than just restore mobility and relieve pain and muscle tightness. It jumpstarts the natural tissue healing process.
Mild soreness or aching within the first few hours following a chiropractic adjustment is normal but rarely lasts longer than 24 hours post-treatment. The procedure itself seldom causes discomfort.
Forgey Chiropractic is upfront when it comes to treatments. We refer patients to the most suitable health care providers in cases where chiropractic care is not enough to address their conditions. To learn more, call (360) 573-5500 today.