What is Chiropractic?
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, arm and leg pain and headaches.
Dr. Earle is a chiropractic physician. This means that he practices a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractic physicians have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to perform therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises as well as providing nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling. Dr. Earle is an evidence based chiropractic physician, meaning he practices and treats with regards to the latest research and literature studies in order to achieve the best results for the patient.
A common therapeutic procedure performed by a chiropractor is known as "spinal manipulation" and also commonly referred to as "chiropractic adjustment." The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile - or restricted in their movement - as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alternating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustments rarely cause discomfort. However, patients can feel sore following treatment. This is similar to feeling soreness after exercise or using muscles you haven't in some time. This soreness usually resolves with 1-2 days.
Dr. Earle will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient's condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.