Joint movement becomes limited due to injuries such as repetitive stress, arthritis and trauma. Restrictions of normal joint movement lead to pain, muscle tightness, diminished range of motion and decreased performance. Restoring normal joint movement is necessary for pain relief and proper healing. This joint adjustment is what makes doctors of chiropractic unique in their approach to treating patients with musculo-skeletal complaints.
Therapeutic modalities are also used in chiropractic medicine to relieve muscle tightness. In addition to joint adjustments, the doctor's treatment may include electrical stimulation, muscle release, ultrasound, traction and stretching.