Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including (but not limited to) back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic – also referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are perhaps best known for their expertise in the use of spinal manipulation; however, they are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
- It is estimated that, annually, doctors of chiropractic (DCs) treat more than 30 million Americans (adults and children).
- DCs are licensed to practice in all 50 states and the District of Columbia–and in many nations around the world–and undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences at institutions accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
- A growing list of research studies and reviews demonstrate that the services provided by chiropractic physicians are both safe and effective. The evidence strongly supports the natural, whole-body and cost-effective approach of chiropractic services for a variety of conditions.
- Chiropractic services are included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others.
- Chiropractic is used extensively by amateur and professional athletes to prevent and treat injuries as well as achieve optimal health and functioning.
Chiropractic is safe for families and patients of all ages. Basically, a chiropractic adjustment, or spinal manipulation, induces motion into a joint to restore proper alignment. When a joint becomes dysfunctional, it often causes pain in the surrounding joints and muscles. We offer a large spectrum of adjusting techniques ranging from full hands on adjusting to light force adjusting with a handheld Activator. Dr. Plumlee practices mostly Thompson Drop Technique and also utilizes a Flexion-Distraction table. Thompson Technique uses drops built into the chiropractic table to gently assist with adjustments. Flexion-Distraction utilizes a table that slowly flexes up and down and helps to decompress the disc and mobilize the joints of the spine.
Some conditions chiropractic may help with:
- Low Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Neck Pain
- Midback Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
- Knee & Hip Pain
- Nerve Pain/Numbness/Tingling
- Pregnancy Related Pain (please see “pregnancy” under the services tab to learn more)