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Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a comprehensive health care profession that addresses the wide variety of factors that affect human physiology. Chiropractic physicians specialize in natural, non-invasive health care and are trained to use a full range of medical diagnostic tools and a wide array of effective treatment options in patient care.

Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. That's because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and all function through your body.

Chiropractic is concerned with the relationship between the structure (primarily the spine) and function (primarily coordinated by the nervous system) of your body and how that relationship affects your health. In the late 1800s, Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer, who founded Palmer College, researched this relationship. His hypotheses and subsequent discoveries laid the groundwork for modern chiropractic healthcare.



How Chiropractic Can Help?

Chiropractic care is natural, whole-body care that can help people with many different health problems to live more active, healthier lives. Back pain may be the most common reason patients seek the expertise of a chiropractor, but chiropractic techniques accomplish far more. They help patients with acute or chronic issues, including headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica and improper function of the nervous system that may result from car accidents, injuries, heredity and other causes.

Chiropractic is the most commonly chosen method of alternative health care. Chiropractic is the largest healthcare field after medicine and dentistry, and years of rigorous scientific research has proven chiropractic’s effectiveness for a wide variety of conditions, from low back pain, neck pain and headaches to ear infections and fibromyalgia.

Chiropractic works by restoring your body's inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!


Why Choose Chiropractic?

While you may first visit a chiropractor to relieve pain in the lower back or to treat sciatica, neck pain, whiplash or headache, you will find that a chiropractor views you as a whole person and not the sum of your parts. A chiropractor will work in partnership with you to ensure your optimal health and wellness.

• Triggers your body’s ability to heal
Chiropractors recognize that many factors affect your health, including exercise, nutrition, sleep, environment and heredity. Chiropractic focuses on maintaining your health naturally to help your body resist disease, rather than simply treating the symptoms of disease.
• Starts with a thorough evaluation
When you visit a Doctor of Chiropractic, you will be evaluated using time-honored methods, including consultation, case history, physical examination, and if needed a laboratory analysis or X-ray examination. In addition, you will receive a careful chiropractic structural examination, with particular attention paid to the spine.
• Involves no drugs or surgery
A broad range of techniques are used to locate, analyze and gently correct vertebral misalignments (subluxations) in the spine. Chiropractors may use manual adjustment, electrical muscular stimulation, ultrasound or massage. But they never use pharmaceutical drugs or invasive surgery. While chiropractors use no drugs or surgery, they do refer patients to other healthcare professionals when interventions are indicated.
• Preventive health care
Because chiropractic healthcare is holistic care, patients look to chiropractors for general wellness, too. In fact, preventive healthcare is among the fastest growing areas of chiropractic care. Chiropractors place an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, as well as wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. Chiropractic is a natural method of healing that stimulates the body's communication system to work more effectively to initiate, control and coordinate the various functions of the cells, organs and systems of the body

What to expect at your appointment?

Your examination will begin with the chiropractor taking your case history, conducting a physical examination and possibly ordering laboratory analyses or X-rays. Your chiropractor also will provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying close attention to your spine.

Through the physical examination, your chiropractor will learn how your joints, muscles and nerves are functioning, both individually and together. Neurological and orthopedic tests also may be conducted. If needed, your chiropractor may check your blood pressure, listen to your heart and lungs or examine your abdomen for a complete evaluation of your physical health.

Your treatment starts with your chiropractor educating you about what was found in your examination and explaining a treatment plan. Risks associated with your condition and proposed treatment also will be discussed. If your chiropractor believes you could benefit from a more specialized examination or that your condition is serious or requires surgery, you will be referred to the appropriate healthcare professional.

Most patients' conditions can be treated in the chiropractor's office. Treatment techniques performed can include adjustment of your spine and your joints. Additional techniques may be used to relax your muscles and nerves to relieve pain. Before you leave the chiropractor's office, you are likely to receive a plan for taking care of your condition at home or at work. Your plan may include advice on postural correction, exercises and stretches, sleeping position or other wellness techniques. Your treatment plan also may include follow-up visits to the chiropractor, typically lasting between 15 and 30 minutes.

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What type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?

After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate passes the demanding National Board Examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor's education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques.


What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated and not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health.


Do children need chiropractic care?

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. Yes. Naturally, chiropractic adjustment procedures are adapted for the child's spine. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having your children's spine checked by a chiropractor early. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.


What causes the sound during an adjustment?

The adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal 'release', or 'popping' sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.


Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a 'popping' sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous.


Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. It's an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is know as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome". Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.


Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?

Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.


Why do chiropractors take x-rays?

Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.

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