What is Chiropractic Medicine?
Chiropractic is a branch of the medicine which is concerned with human health and disease processes. Doctors who practice chiropractic care use natural methods of health care to treat and relieve conditions related to the physiological and biochemical aspects including structural, spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, nutritional, emotional and environmental relationships. Chiropractic is a drug free, non-invasive, and non-surgical route to treat functional disorders of the body. Through manipulation of the human body, mostly focusing on the spinal column, chiropractic care can remedy various musculoskeletal issues.
How does chiropractic care work?
Chiropractic treatment helps to correct imbalances in posture and misalignments in the body’s structure that develop and worsen over time. Like any other part of our body our spine develops problems and requires a certain level of maintenance to function as it was intended. When we do not care for our bodies, and our spine, in ways that we should it leads to stiffness, injury, and other more serious issues.
The nervous system plays a key role in the body’s everyday functioning. For your body to remain healthy your nervous system must be able to do its job and send communication from your brain to the rest of your body and organs. The spine is the information super highway for the nervous system. So, taking proper care to maintain a healthy spine has benefits that reach parts of the body chiropractic care never has to touch.
The customized care you receive from your chiropractor can help to improve your posture, muscle balance and mobility. It can also restore the integrity of your nervous system and get rid of pain quickly, so you can get back to feeling good today!
Is chiropractic effective?
Yes. Chiropractic care is safe and effective. Many studies and an abundance of scientific evidence points toward the fact that chiropractic care does in fact work. It has been proven to be a safe and effective way to treat low back pain, neck pain, headaches and other conditions relating to the spine.
Do many people see chiropractors?
Millions of people all over the world seek regular chiropractic care, either to fix an existing problem or as a healthy lifestyle choice.
Why should I see a Chiropractor?
ALL people, of all professions, hobbies, skills, with different goals in terms of physical fitness and health can benefit from seeing a chiropractor. Many get treated for back, neck and joint issues, others just go to stay healthy and maintain a good lifestyle. Regardless of your reasons for going the first time the fact of the matter is that chiropractic care, just like dental care, helps keep you a better, healthier, more balanced individual.
What is an "Adjustment"?
An adjustment is also known as a spinal manipulation. It can be defined as a high-velocity, low amplitude impulse done with the purpose of restoring a joint back to normal functioning condition. Sometimes an adjustment can be accompanied by an audible release (“popping” or “cracking”) during the procedure, but it is not needed. The main goal of the manipulation is to restore motion to a joint that isn’t working as it should.
The benefit and advantage of manipulation over another technique (mobilization) is that it provides a dynamic stretch to the joint capsule which results in stimulation of the receptors. This stimulation can cause an increase of joint movement, which in turn improves joint function, leading to pain relief.
Is it true that once you see a chiropractor that you have to keep going back?
No, this is not the case. The goal of chiropractic care is to restore the person back to their natural condition. Often sports athletes will continue to see a chiropractor to maintain optimal physical condition. Others choose to do it as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
What can I expect from my visit to a chiropractor?
As a licensed practitioner, it is the duty of your chiropractor to do the following:
- A thorough review of:
- Your specific problem
- Your past medical history
- Your overall health
- You should go through a variant of different physical tests and movements.
- You may or may not need an x-ray.
- A diagnosis will be made.
- A prognosis is made. This should take into account such things like your current lifestyle, health condition, profession, exercise habits, etc.
- Treatment is given.
- Progress is monitored and further treatment is administered based on achieved results.
What results can I expect from treatment?
The results of your treatment as well as how long it will take to see results is all determined on a case by case basis. Your doctor should be able to tell you how long your treatment will most likely take and what you should expect to get out of it.
How long do Doctors of Chiropractic go to school?
Doctors of Chiropractic study and train in a post-secondary college or university for at least 7 years. Like any other profession that requires post-secondary education chiropractors have to first earn their undergraduate degree before beginning their chiropractic education.