About Anchorage Physical Medicine
Chiropractic care is a branch of the healing arts pertaining to the health of the spine, nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors use spinal adjustments and other techniques to address the underlying conditions that are responsible for symptoms like back pain, neck pain, and chronic headaches. Chiropractic care is generally practiced free of the use of medications or invasive therapies and treatments. Instead, patients are encouraged to adopt healthier lifestyles and eating habits to coincide with chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic exercises. Patients who follow the instructions of their chiropractors often experience less muscle tightness and overall pain.
Did you know that the use of chiropractic can be traced back as far as 2700 B.C.? Archeologists have discovered ancient writings from China and Greece that detail the use of spinal manipulation in an effort to alleviate lower back pain. Even the great Greek physician, Hippocrates, wrote extensively about his endorsement of spinal care. Today, chiropractic care is used around the world for the treatment of various diseases and conditions of the musculoskeletal system and nervous system.
When properly performed, exercise therapy can provide significant functional benefits and improvement to the overall health and well-being of patients. The benefits include (but are not limited to) reduced chance of injury, increased bone, muscle, tendon, and ligament strength, improved joint function, increased metabolism, and improved cardiac function. People who suffer from structural/functional problems are often encouraged by their doctor to “exercise” and “stay flexible”. The problem is, most people are never given the knowledge or the tools to accomplish this safely. Our team at ASC realizes that each patient has specific needs, so individual exercise/strengthening programs are developed for each patient, and their implementation overseen and monitored by our team.
We recommend massage in combination with your chiropractic care. While chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the spine and its impact on the nervous system, massage focuses on the 650 muscles of the body. Both disciplines work together to help keep the body in proper alignment, balance and function.
Long-standing spinal problems are accompanied by ingrained muscle patterns. Muscle spasms and scar tissue are often involved. By augmenting your chiropractic care with massage therapy, these muscle and soft tissue problems can be addressed. This can help speed your recovery and enhance the retraining of your spine.