What is Chiropractic Healing
Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in science that is concerned with the care of the entire body. Chiropractors specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Although this typically involves focusing on the biomechanics of the spine, chiropractors are also proficient at evaluating all other joints and muscles of the body. Treatment is hands-on and usually includes spinal and extremity manipulations, also known as adjustments, as well as soft tissue treatments, exercise prescription, and lifestyle recommendations. The intent of spinal and extremity manipulation is to introduce movement to joints with restricted motion, with the result of decreasing pain and improving motion at the joint of interest.
The word chiropractic comes from a combination of the Greek words “chiro” and “praktikis”, meaning “done by hand”. “Treatment by hand” was an accepted form of therapy in ancient Greece. Hippocrates, who is regarded as the founder of medical inquiry, made the first recorded references to spinal manipulation. 1995 marked the 100th anniversary of the evolution of modern chiropractic.
In order to practice chiropractic, chiropractors must first complete 4 years of schooling including 4500 hours of lab-work, lectures, and practical hands-on clinic work. Prior to entering chiropractic school, chiropractors must finish at least three years of a university undergraduate program, though most chiropractors first complete the full 4-year undergraduate degree before entering chiropractic school.
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Answering your questions on chiropractic care
If you are new to Chiropractic care, we understand that you might have some questions. We are confident that we have the answers to your inquiries.
Below are the answers to the questions that are most commonly asked about chiropractic treatment. Should you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.
Question:Is Chiropractic effective?
Answer: Scientific evidence proving that chiropractic care works and is safe and effective is compelling. In any controlled and independent research studies have shown repeatedly that chiropractic care is safe and effective for treating low back pain, neck pain, headaches and other conditions related to the spine. Based on these scientific studies, chiropractic care should be the treatment of choice for most spinal problems.
Question: Why should I see a Doctor of Chiropractic?
Answer: From professional athletes to homemakers, engineers to electricians, children to seniors, chiropractic care has been the answer to improved health. Many people see a Doctor of Chiropractic for back, neck or joint problems, while others may seek relief from the pain caused by headaches. Still others find that regular visits to their chiropractor help keep them in peak condition for sports and other activities.
Question: What can I expect when I go to a chiropractor?
Answer: As a licensed practitioner, your chiropractor will do the following:
- A thorough review of your specific problem , including relevant past history and overall health.
- Physical tests movement analysis, palpation to help identify the problem.
- If required, an x-ray may be used to determine the source of your problem and investigate for pathological developments.
- Provide a diagnosis to make certain choices clear. If it is not a chiropractic problem, a suitable referral is done. If it is, a plan of treatment is communicated.
- Provide a prognosis taking into account your general health habits, occupation, stress and activity levels.
- Monitor your response to treatment for your specific condition, as well as for changes in your overall health. Utilization of exercise, along with nutrition and lifestyle modifications may be suggested to improve your overall well being and promote active, patient-centered care.
Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients considering the physical, psychological and social factors. They provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and restoring function.
Question: Is every patient’s treatment the same?
Answer: The treatment a patient receives is related to the specific condition diagnosed by the chiropractor, and will vary from person to person depending on each persons unique situation.
Question: Is Chiropractic treatment ongoing?
Answer: The hands-on nature of chiropractic treatment is essentially what sends patients back to the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor a patient needs to be in his or her office. A chiropractor may provide acute, preventative and/or maintenance care thus making a certain number of visits necessary.
Question: Is a neck adjustment safe?
Answer:There are reported cases of stroke associated with visits to medical doctors and chiropractors. Research and scientific evidence does not establish a cause and effect relationship between chiropractic treatment and the accurrence of stroke rather, recent studies indicate that patients may be consulting medical doctors and chiropractors when they are in the early stages of a stroke. In essence, there is a stroke already in process. However, you are being informed of this reported association because a stroke may cause serious neurological impariment or even death. The possibility of such injuries occurring in association with upper cervical adjustment is extremely remote.
Question: What are the risks of chiropractic care?
Answer: While rare, some patients may experience short term aggravation of symptoms or muscle and ligament strains or sprains as a result of manual therapy techniques. Although uncommon, rib fractures have also been known to occur following certain manual therapy procedures.
There are rare reported cases of disc injuries identified following cervical and lumbar spinal adjustments, although no scientific evidence has determined such injuries are caused, or may be caused, by spinal adjustments or other chiropractic treatments.
There are infrequent reported cases of burns or skin irritation in association with the use of some types of electrical therapy offered by some doctors of chiropractic.
Question: How long do chiropractors go to school?
Answer: Your chiropractor is a primary contact provider just like your family physician, optometrist or dentist. You do not need a referral from your medical doctor to see a chiropractor. Today’s graduating Doctors of Chiropractic have studied and trained in a college or university for at least seven years. Just like medical or dental students, they must first complete undergraduate study before applying for admission to a chiropractic college. Becoming a chiropractor requires a minimum of 4,500 hours of intense academic study including classroom instruction, clinical science and internship. During the course of their training, he/she will have studied the following three areas:
- Basic sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, clinical sciences and X-ray diagnosis;
- Specialized training in the science and art of chiropractic;
- Clinical internship with an emphasis on hands-on practice.
Question: What if I’ve been injured in a car accident or on the job?
Answer: It is important that you consult with your family chiropractor as soon as possible regarding treatment for your injuries. The longer you wait, the longer it can take for treatment and recovery time. Remember, no referral is necessary from your family physician.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
During the initial visit your chiropractor will take a detailed health history and perform a physical examination particularly focusing on your spine, joints, muscles, and nervous system. Other examinations or tests such as x-rays may also be ordered. If chiropractic treatment is considered appropriate, a treatment plan will be developed to meet your specific needs by incorporating a variety of treatment techniques including:
- Hands on adjustments – diversified technique
- Muscle release techniques
- Drop piece adjustment – Thompson technique
- Hand held instrument adjustment – Activator and Impulse Adjusting Methods
If your chiropractor diagnosis a condition that would be appropriately treated or co-treated by another healthcare professional, he or she will make the appropriate referral.
Follow up visits
During follow up visits your chiropractor may utilize one or more of the many different kinds of adjustments and manual care techniques used in chiropractic care. Your treatment will often include exercise, diet and other healthy living suggestions.