What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a natural preventive and rehabilitative healthcare that concentrates on keeping people (functioning) better. In fact, research has shown that patients under chiropractic care have stronger immune systems and don’t get sick nearly as much as the normal population. Doctors of chiropractic attempt to get to the cause of a health problem, rather than just treat the symptoms.
What does a chiropractor do?
A doctor of chiropractic locates and removes (all) misalignments in the spinal column, (these are) known as vertebral subluxations (SX). These misalignments (SX) contribute to spinal nerve stress interfering with the nerve impulses at that level. How does this happen? When the bones first go out of alignment there is no pain, pain is the last to come and first to go. By the time you have pain the bones have been out of alignment for a long time. Then you get muscle spasms and fatigue. So once you start to feel better with the care, it is important to continue your care, because you might not realize you have a subluxation.
Chiropractors use carefully controlled and directed pressure to restore spinal bones to their normal motion and position. This procedure is known as a chiropractic adjustment.
What conditions can a chiropractor treat?
Chiropractors treat a wide variety of conditions including (but not limited to):
- lower back pain
- neck pain
- shoulder and arm pain
- herniated discs
- thoracic outlet
- referred pain syndromes
Are Chiropractors Just Back Doctors?
It is unfortunate that many people believe that chiropractors are basically back doctors. Chiropractic has been shown to be extremely effective in helping people with sore backs, but that is a small fraction of what it is we actually do. The avenue of approach that we take to effect a change on your body is via your spine.
A doctor of chiropractic works with the nervous system, the skeletal system, and the muscular system. The nervous system not only controls nerve impulses, but also controls hormones, chemicals, and every tissue, gland and organ in your body. Chiropractors do not claim to cure anything, what we do is keep the interference away from the spinal cord to allow the body to help itself, and function at a 100%. By allowing this system to function at it’s optimum, patients enjoy better overall health and well being. We have helped hundreds of patients with conditions such as: asthma, allergies, ear infections, bladder infections, PMS, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, chronic pain, sinus infections, childhood scoliosis and many others. Chiropractors have an effect on these conditions, and syndromes, by locating and correcting your subluxations, and keeping the interference away from your nervous system.
What are the requirements to be a chiropractor?
To receive the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, candidates must complete extensive undergraduate prerequisites and four years of graduate-level instruction at an accredited chiropractic institution. A doctor of chiropractic goes to school as long as medical doctors, the only difference is we do not study pharmacology. But do not misunderstand, if you ever needed medicine, or medical treatment, we would refer you immediately to a M.D.
Before they can practice, doctors of chiropractic must pass the National Boards as well as the licensing exam for the state in which they wish to practice. Florida requires the doctors to attend continuing educational programs for annual relicensure.
Is chiropractic care really safe?
Numerous studies including several double-blind clinically randomized trials have demonstrated that chiropractic is not only safe, but produces superior results and is extremely cost effective. Doctors of Chiropractic take it one step further by performing a test that will test the patency of the arteries in the neck, making it that much safer to receive an adjustment.
The most notable studies are the 1979 New Zealand Chiropractic Report, the three year study in the 1990 British medical journal, and the Province of Ontario’s 1993 Manga Report.
Will I need to get X-rays?
It is important to understand the importance of X-Ray. Chiropractors are trained in taking and interpreting X-rays, they are also trained in specialized examination and treatment procedures. In many cases, traditional medical procedures cannot accurately diagnose common back pain.
This is strongly supported by Dr. Frank Jobe, M.D., and Dr. Robert Kerlan. In their 1999 book entitled Athletic Forever, they state that “… despite the advent of high tech imaging equipment, the most essential tools to diagnosing back pain remain the taking of a thorough medical history and a hands on examination.”
What is that cracking noise?
A chiropractic adjustment often makes a noise. The noise is created by a gas that escapes from a joint when it is moved quickly. An adjustment takes the joint just past its normal end range of motion for a fraction of a second and, in that time, the buildup of nitrogen gas is usually released. Nothing actually cracks or breaks. If there is no popping noise, it means there was no sound from any escaping gas. You might not always hear a noise with an adjustment.
Are chiropractic adjustments painful?
A few patients experience a slight soreness when chiropractic treatment is initiated. It is important to be relaxed during the adjustment, because if you do tense up, this can contribute to the soreness. You must be comfortable with the Chiropractor, and she with you. There is a professional trust that develops with the patient and the Chiropractor. Most patients, however, enjoy their adjustments and look forward to them.
You may feel light pressure on your spinal joints or hear a popping sound (the result of joints opening quickly). Adjustments rarely hurt. Instead, you may have immediate relief and feel more relaxed.
How long does it take for a treatment to work?
Many patients notice significant improvement beginning with their initial treatment. A small percentage of patients may notice a little discomfort, however, as their spine adapts to the changes being made. One of the main reasons for the consultation and examination is to clearly define the cause of your health conditions. If you have misaligned vertebrae, then chiropractic can help. If that’s not what you have, we will suggest a referral to the proper health care professional.
Each person and each case is different. The length of care depends on the problem you have and its severity. We can provide a much better estimate after an examination and consultation. For most patients pain relief occurs
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How long do chiropractic treatments continue?
Chiropractic should be a life-long enjoyable experience. Adjustments help to stimulate the immune system, release natural pain relievers like enkephlans, and endorphins, decrease stress on your spine and in life, and help to avoid injury, by keeping the spine flexible. After a patient’s initial examination, a program of care is established. This may run anywhere from 3-9 months, depending on the patient’s condition. Then once you feel better you come in for your once a month tune-up. This is similar to putting braces on crooked teeth. After this time, most patients choose to maintain a check-up program to keep their spine healthy, free from pain and to prevent a relapse. Most patients think of this as wellness or preventive care similar to dental check-ups.