Chiropractors specialize in treating patients who are in pain or discomfort by using spinal manipulation. They have become highly recommended over the past few years due to more and more studies proving their effectiveness. In America, about 22 million people frequent chiropractors annually. Out of these statistics, roughly 35% are in search of relief from chronic back pain due to any number of causes, such as sports injuries, muscles strains, and vehicular accidents. Although chiropractors are most known for their treatment of back pain, they also specialize in treating headaches, arms, legs, and more. But many people still wonder about the specifics of treating this pain and ask “What does a Chiropractor Do?”
Chiropractors have extensive training and education that emphasizes diagnosing conditions related to musculoskeletal systems and nerves and the treatment of those symptoms. The musculoskeletal system includes the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and arms and legs. Doctors of Chiropractic undergo stringent educational requirements, including 4-years of pre-medical undergraduate schooling. Students accepted into an accredited college of chiropractic care go through an additional 5 years of professional education. During this time they’ll study the human body more in depth as well as learn the lab work related to the profession.
Doctors of chiropractic gain experience in neurology, physiology, orthopedics, clinical diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, nutrition, and beyond. This level of care requires extremely skilled techniques to be able to adjust and manipulate the human body effectively. Chiropractors undergo extensive clinical training with hands-on experience to perfect the techniques required. By graduation, the chiropractic student has undergone a minimum of 4,200 hours of education. The current accredited program is approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Chiropractors believe that a properly aligned musculoskeletal structure is key to the body being able to heal and restore itself without having to rely on modern medicine. They use hands-on manipulation of the spine to adjust the spine back into optimal alignment. Accidents or stress injuries can cause restricted mobility due to damaged tissue. Chiropractors are able to adjust and restore movement, thus reducing inflammation and pain.
Many people consider chiropractic care to be “alternative medicine.” This is due to their theory that the body can restore itself without medical intervention if it is properly aligned. Chiropractic care has been known to entirely replace conventional medical treatment and pain medication; however, it does not have to be a stand-alone treatment. It can be done along-side conventional treatment and enhance and supplement the results.
An initial evaluation by a chiropractor is similar to any initial intake appointment with a medical doctor. It usually begins with a questionnaire about medical history. We’ll also ask about any accidents or injuries you may have sustained. We also want to know about any medications you’re taking, the type of pain or discomfort you are in and where the pain is located. Depending on the provider and your health history, they may order x-rays along with a physical evaluation to determine the best course of treatment for you. Some offices provide a Nervous System Scan. This is a computerized diagnostic test that helps to see where there is interference. Finding where this interference is and where your nervous system is being most compromised will assist the chiropractor in determining the best course of treatment.
A course of treatment varies by patient. It is all based on your current health and your goals. Your chiropractor will set up a series of appointments during which he or she may use manual adjustments of one or more areas to gradually improve your range of movement. Many patients realize significant reduction in pain or discomfort in just the first appointment. The main goal of chiropractic care is to give you optimal range of motion and the ability to function without pain or discomfort.
Chiropractic care is typically a very safe treatment option and is very successful in most cases. It is non-invasive and drug free and results in most acute pain being reduced or eliminated within 6 weeks of care. While many patients notice immediate relief noticed within 24 hours of adjustment.
You may be wondering how to choose a chiropractic care provider for yourself. Freedom Health Centers is a great place to start. We break care down into four main categories. After evaluating you and your situation we mix and match categories to design a treatment plan that perfectly suits you. We are able to treat more than one issue at once and give you relief of many symptoms without having to resort to surgery or medication.
We are able to treat a broad range of symptoms as well as counsel you on nutrition and physical fitness.
Once we develop your personalized plan of treatment, we will schedule a series of adjustments based on your goals. During your first appointment, which lasts around 45 minutes, we will gain as much information about your situation as possible. We will then schedule a follow-up appointment that we call, “Report of Your findings” during which we will discuss with you our diagnosis and treatment recommendation.
Some patients shy away from the treatment plan due to the continual adjustments. To put this in perspective, consider that a course of treatment from a doctor’s office is typically on-going as well. For example, a course of antibiotics lasts a few weeks. Antibiotics and surgery can be risky. They have side effects that you don’t have to worry about with chiropractic care. Not to mention, chiropractic care is non-invasive in comparison to some medical procedures.
Chiropractors focus on your body being able to restore itself to optimal health without conventional intervention and medication. However, your spine must be in alignment for your body to be able to do that. Due to the type of hands-on, manual treatment required to align the spine and nervous system, the chiropractor needs his or her own office and equipment. Chiropractor provide care of acute and chronic conditions, as well as preventative care. This type of care sometimes requires a series of adjustments over a course of time to prevent injury or complications. During your visit with our professionals, we will go over your treatment plan and the expected amount of time it will take.
Our services are designed to decrease your pain. We help with muscle tightness, spasms, and inflammation and increase your mobility, thus improving and enhancing your quality of life.