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Chiropractic - Questions and Answers

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is concerned with human health and prevention of disease. Doctors of chiropractic are physicians who consider man as an integrated being, but give special attention to spinal biomechanics, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, and nutritional relationships.

Chiropractic Licensing and Authorization

All states in the U.S.A. license and officially recognize chiropractic as a health care profession. They also authorize chiropractic service as a part of their workers’ compensation programs. The National Conference of Insurance Legislators adopted a model bill for state health-insurance programs that defines “physician” to include the doctor of chiropractic.

What does a chiropractor do?

All doctors have a standard procedure of examination to diagnose the patient’s condition in order to arrive at a plan of treatment. We use the same time honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination. In addition, we also provide a careful chiropractic structural examination with an emphasis on the spine. Spinal manipulations are the primary tool which your doctor will be using to facilitate your recovery.

What is the cause of your discomfort?

Accidents, falls, uneven stress, tension, over-exertion, or any other factor may cause an inability of the spine to move as a dynamic organ. As a result, minor displacements or derangements of one or more vertebrae may occur, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots directly by pressure or indirectly through reflexes. These irritations, in turn, interfere with and damage the nerves, discs and joints. They may also weaken the muscles and alter energies in all parts of the body.

Why can a chiropractor help you?

Doctors of chiropractic fight disease by first analyzing the spinal column and structural systems for areas of spinal nerve irritation. They can rebalance and realign the body. The realignment procedures are called spinal manipulations. The effects of manipulation are multifold:

·        Release of irritation to nerves.

·        Restoration of joint mobility.

·        Improvement of nerve energy to the surrounding muscles and organs.

·        Decrease of nerve excitability that causes muscle spasms.

·        Decrease of joint irritation and inflammation.

The spinal manipulations are painless and take a short time to accomplish.

Do I need the associated therapeutics?

Along with your chiropractic manipulation, the doctor will often recommend other therapeutics on the basis of your conditions. They include a wide spectrum of treatments:

·        Chinese acupuncture and herbs.

·        Shiatsu and massage

·        Physiological therapeutics

·        Sports injury prevention and management

·        Rehabilitation

What can be treated by chiro practic?

Chiropractic health care is best known for its effective management of muscoskeletal disorders. In addition, it also provides a significant benefit to patients with a wide variety of health conditions. These include digestive disturbances, allergies, asthma, headache, nervous conditions, and cardiovascular disorders.

How long will it take to get well?

How long will it take to actually “get well” depends on many important factors such as lifestyle, nature of the problem, age, and vitality of the person. A few visits may be sufficient for a single pain problem, but a chronic condition will require more treatments. Generally, in the beginning, it may be necessary to receive treatments 2 – 3 times a week. After the body begins to respond and the condition is under control, the treatment will be reduced.

Common Questions About Chiropractic

“Should I go to a chiropractor if I’m suffering from a disease?”

Absolutely! Chiropractic care will help turn on your body’s natural doctor and improve your self-healing ability. You’d be better able to fight whatever disease or condition you’re suffering from.  

“Does it matter which disease I have?”

It does not. Chiropractic is not for diseases, it’s for people. If you have a spinal column you need to have it checked for possible spinal nerve irritation.

“Can I go if I’m under medical care?”

Yes. Having your spinal nerve irritation corrected in important no matter what other type of care you’re receiving. You can have your spinal column checked for vertebral subluxations by a doctor of chiropractic and still visit a doctor of homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy, or medicine. Other doctors and healers cannot tell if you’re suffering from spinal irritation (vertebral subluxations) and are not trained in correcting it.

“I’m feeling good. Why should I visit a chiropractor?”

Because feeling “good” is not the same as being healthy. Too many people who felt “good” have been told they had silent cancers growing within them, were close to a heart attack, or suddenly fell victim to a stroke! To ensure health you should make sure your spinal column and structural system are healthy – and bring in the family! Clinical studies show that all age groups, from infants to elderly can benefit from chiropractic care.

“Why should I go to a chiropractor?”

Because having a healthy spinal column makes a good common sense. If you are sick, you should go to strengthen your natural healing ability. If you’re feeling fine, you should remember that spinal nerve irritation (vertebral subluxations) are painless “silent killers.” You and your family should get your spines checked periodically to make sure you’re living free from hidden spinal nerve irritation so you’re functioning at your fullest. Why wait for disease to happen before you begin to improve your health?