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, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, headaches, migraines, whiplash and more.

Doctors of Chiropractic often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians practice a drug-free, natural, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, consultation and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as spinal manipulation, also called chiropractic adjustment. The purpose of adjustments is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypo-mobile or restricted in their movement as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury may occur as related to a work injury, sports injury, car accident, or other activities in your daily life. These can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object or auto accident, 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 for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joints and tissues, restores mobility, alignment and function, thereby minimizing pain and muscle tightness, while accentuating the healing process.

Chiropractors may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patients condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

Apollo Chiropractor of Salt Lake City Utah

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Articles, Blog | 0 comments

Apollo Chiropractic is setting the standard of care for Chiropractic, Massage, and  Auto Injury Recovery in Salt Lake City, Murray, Holladay, Cottonwood, Sandy, Midvale and all surrounding Salt Lake City areas. Chiropractic is setting the standard of care for Chiropractic, Massage, and Auto Injury Recovery in Salt Lake City, Murray, Holladay, Cottonwood, Sandy, Midvale and all surrounding Salt Lake City areas. Our Chiropractic Doctors are specialized to treat a multitude of conditions, car accident injuries, work injuries, sports injuries,...

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What’s the Difference Between an MD and a DC?

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Articles, Blog, Chiropractic | 0 comments

It’s important to know the basic differences between an MD (Medical Doctor) and a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) so that you understand the unique role that each type of medical professional plays in helping you to maintain or regain your health. MDs and DCs are both licensed healthcare providers. They examine, diagnose and treat patients. However, most MDs have more hours of training in physiology, whereas DCs typically have more hours of anatomy training. Their methods of practice may help explain this difference in emphasis. DCs are...

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Articles, Blog, Home & Work Safety | 0 comments

The term ergonomics stems from the Greek words ergon (work) and nomos (laws). According to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ergonomics is defined as the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. Good ergonomics in the workplace is key to maintaining our body’s proper health and function, and it can have a major effect on the quality of our work. Ergonomics involves the physical stressors in our workplace as well as related environmental factors. For...

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Articles, Blog, Chiropractic, Conditions | 0 comments

With the huge rise in the use of antibiotics over the past 70 years, some pathogens are now becoming resistant to the drugs that once easily eradicated the illnesses these pathogens cause. People who become infected with one of these drug-resistant organisms are at increased risk for longer, more costly hospital stays and are more likely to die from their infection. Medical researchers and public health experts believe there are a few different causes for the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria. These include the widespread use of antibiotics...

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Look Who Else Uses Chiropractic Care: Professional Hockey Players

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When National Hockey League (NHL) superstar Sidney Crosby suffered two concussions within days of one another, he sought the help of his chiropractor, Dr. Ted Carrick, a Chiropractic Neurologist who treats Crosby and other players in the NHL and NFL. Carrick says, “In professional hockey alone, there are more than 50,000 hits annually, and far too many of these are serious injuries to the head.” Hockey is a rough contact sport, as anyone who has been to a game can attest. As Rodney Dangerfield once famously quipped, “I went...

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Dowager’s Hump Causes and Treatment Options

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Articles, Blog, Chiropractic, Conditions | 0 comments

Although the name Dowager’s Hump implies that this condition is one that affects elderly women (which it primarily does), it can also affect anyone who spends a lot of time hunched over or who has a severe case of osteoporosis, including men. The medical term for Dowager’s Hump is hyperkyphosis, which is an increase in the forward curvature of the lower cervical and upper thoracic spine. It is a condition that can either be relatively painless or can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Dowager’s hump is common in people...

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Protecting Us From Ourselves? What Do People Really Think About Laws Limiting Serving Size?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Articles, Blog, Nutrition | 0 comments

Protecting Us From Ourselves?  What Do People Really Think About Laws Limiting Serving Size?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 30 years, you are likely well aware that obesity is one of our society’s greatest health issues. Over a third of Americans are now considered obese. Until 1980, only 15 percent of the population was overweight or obese. That number is now 55 percent, and is expected to rise. So what has changed during that time that could be contributing to the massive explosion in obesity rates? One of the factors is a major change in serving size. The typical meal in a restaurant is now four...

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Genetics and Back Pain: Is There a Family Connection?

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Genetics and Back Pain: Is There a Family Connection?

Back pain affects a majority of people at some point in their lives. Why is that? There’s little doubt among researchers and clinicians that much of the back pain we experience is related to our modern lifestyle. However, recent research suggests that low back pain may also have a genetic component. While it’s too early to know for sure, this discovery might one day have implications for how healthcare providers identify at-risk individuals and help them through both prevention and treatment. Researchers from King’s...

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Are We Kidding Ourselves When it Comes to Our Health?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Articles, General Health | 0 comments

Almost all adults are aware that healthy habits such as eating right, getting regular exercise, getting sufficient sleep and reducing stress are the keys to reducing the risk of disease. However, there’s plenty of evidence that large numbers of people lie to themselves and to their health care practitioner about how healthy a lifestyle they actually have. These little white lifestyle lies may not seem to be particularly importance, but lying to your doctor can actually cause more harm to your health than you may realize. The problem is...

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Meditation and Your Health What the Science Says

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Articles, Chiropractic | 0 comments

Researchers have found in study after study that meditation can offer both mental and physical health benefits. Doctors and integrative health programs increasingly prescribe meditation techniques alongside traditional treatments to achieve a wide range of health goals, from increasing immunity to lowering high blood pressure and reducing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. On the surface of things, meditation would seem to offer a variety of benefits if it actually works. After all, it’s non-invasive, drug-free, and costs nothing....

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