What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is an approach to healing that recognizes that the body’s best healing mechanism is the body itself. In order to regulate and heal itself, the body relies on the proper function of the nervous system, or the brain, spine, and nerves. Chiropractic care works to prevent injuries in these areas and correct any areas that prohibit the body from healing itself. If something is wrong within the spine, the whole body feels the effects in what is known as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. To keep the whole body healthy, chiropractic care goes to the root of the problem and makes sure that the spine and all its parts are properly aligned.
How Does Chiropractic Care Work?
Your body wants to be healthy, and it does everything in its power to stay that way from the smallest of cells to the largest of systems. When something interferes with this natural ability to fight injury, sickness, and disease, chiropractic care comes in to correct the issue. Regular chiropractic care, however, can start any of these issues from developing in the first place to keep the body healthy and well. Chiropractic care works by regulating spinal position and function and fixing any problems as they arise. This can lead to increased mobility, decreased pain, and an increase in overall wellness.
What Do Chiropractic Doctors Do?
Chiropractic care starts with a case history to get to know the client and their body better. This uncovers any past injuries, problems, surgeries, etc. to help the chiropractor best fit their care to your unique body. Once this has been completed, a comprehensive examination of the clients neurological, orthopedic, and chiropractic strengths and weaknesses. This allows the chiropractor to uncover where problems may be located, what malfunctions are present, and how to go forth with treatment. The Chiropractic doctor then uses this information make a plan of action, which includes adjustments at regular appointments. All progress is monitored and the client will soon feel less and less pain and more overall health in all aspects of the body.
What type of education do Chiropractic Doctors get?
Before one becomes a chiropractic doctor he or she must complete many years of intense educational training along with passing several board examinations. By completing courses with a focus on biomechanics, spinal adjusting techniques, the anatomy of the body, X-ray analysis, physiology, neurology, pathology, and more, chiropractic doctors learn to identify spinal issues and how to correct them. Once these courses are completed, the doctor must then pass the National Board Exam and apply to a government licensing board and pass their required tests. At this point the doctor is a licensed chiropractor, but more often than not the education does not stop there. Methodology and technology are constantly changing a chiropractors make it a priority to learn about any new scientific research and how to apply it to their practice.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Yes, chiropractic care is safe because it is a natural approach that works with and responds to each individual body. Chiropractic care is a conservative way to go directly to the problem and correct it, rather than using more dangerous and extreme methods to simply address the symptoms.
Am I Too Old For Chiropractic Care?
No, as a matter of fact you probably could benefit from chiropractic care now more than ever. By restoring normal spinal function and positioning, you will experience improved mobility, endurance, vitality, and even appetite that you may not have had for years. Additionally, chiropractic care can help to alleviate the symptoms associated with chronic ailments that develop with age, such as arthritis. Because chiropractic care is simple and flows with the natural response of the body, this form of treatment can prove far safer and more effective than the use of drugs or surgeries.
Why Do Children Need Chiropractic Care?
There are three main reasons for which children need chiropractic care at a young age. First, some children are born with problems in their spine in which vertebrae are out of place or something is not functioning correctly. While they are still young these problems should be addressed to prevent them from worsening. Secondly, a lot of the accidents that accompany childhood can affect the spine without anyone, even a doctor, realizing it. Stumbling while learning to walk, landing on your back while learning to do the monkey bars, or even bending over incorrectly when picking up a basketball off the ground can all injure the spine and go unnoticed. Lastly, starting a regular routine of chiropractic care while young can prevent any injuries from arising and address any potential damage at its first onset. Chiropractic care is modified to the child’s spine and has been reported to leave kids feeling better and healthier in the long run.
How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?
This all depends on countless factors and the goals that you have in mind. For someone who is active, stressed, or simply desires to feel their best at all times, regular, yet less frequent, chiropractic care sessions may go on for as long as the individual would like. For those looking to correct an injury it all depends on the type of injury and when it occurred. For something that has happened a long time ago and has gone unnoticed or uncorrected, frequent visits may be required for a longer period of time. On the other hand, newer and quickly addressed injuries can be corrected with several visits in a short course of time. How long you stay in treatment is up to you. Once your body has been “corrected,” continuing to visit less frequently is strongly encouraged for overall health.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a way of adding motion to a spinal joint that has been “locked up” in order to allow the body to heal itself and move the bones back to normal position and motion. An adjustment is done by applying the right amount of force in the right place using either the chiropractor’s hands or a specially designed instrument. How much force and where it is applied all depends on the individual and his or her injury. Some adjustments require a quick and harder thrust whereas others require constant, slower pressure; based on his or her training, your chiropractor will know exactly which method to use. Every patient is different and every problem is different so the method of adjustment used from patient to patient often varies widely.
Can I Speed The Healing Process?
The short answer to this question would be no because your body needs to heal itself on its own in its own time. However, you can slow the process down if you are not careful to give your body the assistance it needs. The fact that you are seeing a chiropractor in the first place has already shortened the healing process because he or she can remove anything interfering with the body’s natural defense. While the body is working to heal itself, it is important to assist it by treating your body with care. This includes learning how to properly sit and lift to avoid any further injury, giving your body rest, avoid sleeping on your stomach, and practicing proper nutrition.
Do I Have A Pinched Nerve?
Possibly, but probably not. While you may be experiencing pain and side effects from a spinal issue, the chances of it actually being a pinched nerve are only 10-15%. More often than not any discomfort is coming from an irritated nerve, which is caused by the nerve tissue being rubbed, stretched, or scraped as a result of a change in spinal curve or faulty joints. However, if you are experiencing numbness, a pins and needles sensation, or a burning feeling, then a pinched nerve is possible. Either way, you should not be living with any discomfort and seeing a chiropractor can reduce side effects or pain and correct any spinal issues.
Do I Have A Slipped Disc?
Technically, because of the way spinal discs are attached to the surrounding vertebrae, a slipped disc is impossible. When injury occurs it due to the fact that a disc has torn, bulged, herniated, or ruptured. When this happens, the internal fluid of a disk leaks and the disc can no longer cushion and support the nerve roots and spine; that is where the pain comes from. Seeing a chiropractor can help to alleviate this painful pressure and return the spine to normal function.