The practice of chiropractic dates to 1895 when Daniel David Palmer of Iowa, a teacher and grocer turned healer, performed the first chiropractic adjustment on a partially deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard. Lillard told Palmer several days later that his hearing had improved, which prompted Palmer to open a school of chiropractic two years later.
With chiropractic approaching its 125th anniversary, still, to this day, people may be confused about how well a chiropractor can help to heal acute and chronic aches and pains. What’s more, they may not even understand exactly what a chiropractor does. Andrew Bang, DC, from Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine, puts it succinctly: “Think of a chiropractor as a doctor who cares for any kind of muscle, joint or bone pain.”
While it is always important to consult a primary care physician about pain you might be experiencing, to rule out serious health issues, a chiropractor is able to lessen pain – and in some cases eliminate it – through a series of adjustments and manipulations.
Still puzzled? Enlighten yourself. The following therapies and exercises are what a Ft. Lauderdale chiropractor does for your pain:
- Soft-tissue therapy to relax tight muscles, relieve spasm and release tension in the connective tissue that surrounds each muscle
- Adjustments that realign joints and increase range of motion
- Exercises and stretches to restore and maintain mobility and range of motion
But that’s not all. If your pain is elsewhere beside the back and the neck, chiropractic can work to ease the stiffness and heal this area as well. From the head and jaws, shoulders, arms, hips, knees, and ankles, the entire musculoskeletal system is evaluated to develop a program that helps both joints and muscles to once again function as they should.
A chiropractor, however, is not only an expert in providing programs to end pain – they also help with preventing it in the first place. A proactive plan that takes into consideration exercise, diet and lifestyle – how you sit, how you work, how you sleep and how you play – will help you to achieve a better quality of life.
From helping someone to hear again to helping patients heal, your chiropractic expert in Ft Lauderdale has given patients a better way to hear, see and function in the world.