AlignLife - Chiropractic Care
Despite over 100 years of helping people achieve wellness and relieve pain, chiropractic care is not always well understood. This system of care promotes better spinal and joint alignment to relieve pain and improve organ and musculoskeletal function. At AlignLife in Beech Grove, IN, we offer chiropractic services as well as pediatric chiropractic, prenatal chiropractic and massage therapy for patients of all ages.
Chiropractic Care Theory
Structure, according to chiropractic tenets, affects the function of the entire body. The nerves that control the movement and function of the body run off the spinal cord. Alignment problems affect function because they cause pressure on the nerves. This pressure causes irritation and inflammation; it can even affect your pulse, blood pressure, digestion or other bodily functions. In addition, misalignment causes pain, which makes you change the way you move (compensation or guarding). These changes place stress on other areas of the musculoskeletal system, creating problems that may be far from the original site of injury or dysfunction.
A joint is simply a point in the body at which two or more bones come together. Each has specific muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support and strengthen the bones and allow the joint to move correctly. If a joint is out of alignment, it can affect all of these structures as well as nerves and blood vessels. Manipulation is the practice of moving a joint into correct alignment. The chiropractor may use his or her hands or a hand-held tool. More than one treatment may be needed, especially for long-standing chronic pain issues. In addition, other modalities such as laser treatment, heat and cold therapy, and corrective exercises help relieve pain and promote better function.
Other Chiropractic Services
In addition to joint and spinal manipulation, chiropractors receive training in other areas. For example, nutrition affects health and function. A chiropractor can help identify inflammatory foods that make your pain worse or work with you on a weight loss program. Many also use and recommend nutritional supplements to ensure optimum nutrition. Optimum nutrition is vitally important for overall health. Nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, in particular, affect the function of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Our focus is on overall health and wellness, not just symptom relief.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you are suffering from chronic pain, limited mobility or other health problems, please contact AlignLife at 317-731-7826 for an appointment or come by the office at 316 Main Street in Beech Grove, IN. We’ll be happy to assess your problem and explore the chiropractic services we offer. Our extended hours make scheduling appointments easier, especially if you are working around children’s school schedules. And remember, chiropractic care is drug-free, so you don’t need to worry about side effects or other drug-related problems.