Chiropractic supports the concept that maintenance of
proper function of the musculo-skeletal system can
provide for better health. Chiropractic is a form of
health care that is drugless, non-invasive, and actively
promotes health. Chiropractic care is holistic, meaning
that the entire body and person's lifestyle are examined
and treated. When a chiropractor works with a patient,
the cause of a patient's physical problem is addressed
and lifestyle factors that may affect the problem (such
as diet, posture, exercise, and others) are modified to
speed recovery and prevent reoccurrences. Chiropractic care uses natural health methods such as
exercise, nutrition and diet, and lifestyle modification
to promote wellness.
What is an
Chiropractic care is known (but not exclusively) for its
use of the adjustment, sometimes called manipulation. An
adjustment is a precise procedure in which the trained
Doctor of Chiropractic exerts a specific corrective
pressure at specific places on your spine or other
joints. When a thorough examination reveals joints that
are not in proper function, adjustments are applied to
correct joint alignment and mobility, relieve associated
muscle and nerve tension, improve balance and assist
healing. In most cases, adjustments are performed
manually by the Doctor.
What can I
expect from treatment?
You will be asked
to complete a comprehensive health history. Examination
may include palpation (examination by touch), range of
motion, strength, neurological, and orthopedic tests.
Other tests may include X-ray, MRI, Lab Tests. Besides
the adjustment, the doctor may use physiotherapies such
as electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound and
massage. Your chiropractor will also take the time to
counsel you about the prevention of disease and the
methods for living a healthy lifestyle. The treatment
you receive will be designed specifically for you based
on your symptoms and examination findings. Your progress
under chiropractic care will be carefully monitored. The
subjective improvement as well as the objective findings
will be noted, and your treatment plan will be modified
to meet your changing condition.
conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
chiropractic is used most frequently to relieve low back
pain, studies have found it to be effective for a
variety of conditions, such as migraine headaches, neck
and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia,
and infantile colic.
circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may
experience a minor amount of discomfort during the
adjustment which lasts only seconds.
What kind of
education and training do doctors of chiropractic have?
receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular
diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of
chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning;
basic training in the biological and health sciences
(anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical
and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the
chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice,
diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical
adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The
risk factor is estimated to be in excess of one million
to one. Have any studies been published showing what
chiropractic is effective? Several studies have
documented the effectiveness of chiropractic in
relieving back pain. More recent studies have shown
chiropractic to be effective in treating infantile colic
and migraine headaches.
What can I
expect on my first visit?
The first thing a
chiropractor will do is ask you about the health
complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. The DC
will also ask about your family history, dietary habits,
other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic,
medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed
to help determine the nature of your illness and the
best way to go about treating the problem. A physical
examination will be performed in accordance with your
DC's clinical judgment, which may include x-rays,
laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In
addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will
be performed to detect any structural abnormalities
which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of
these elements are important components of your total
health profile, and vital to the doctor of chiropractic
in evaluating your problem.