What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractors focus on diagnosing and treating neuromuscular disorders. They primarily do this by manually adjusting and manipulating the spine. The goal of chiropractic care is to reduce the pain experienced by the patient and improve their functionality. Chiropractors also educate patients on how they can improve their spine health through ergonomics, exercise, and other available back treatments. Chiropractic care is generally classified alternative or complementary medicine.
Chiropractors focus on the close relationship between the spine and nervous system, basing treatment off the belief that the derangement of the spine can negatively affect the nervous system. Chiropractic care is used to restore the structural integrity of the spine, reduce the intensity of pressure on neurological tissue, and help improve the overall well-being of patients.
The following conditions are treated by chiropractors using nonsurgical methods:
- Car accident injuries
- Sport injuries
- Arthritis pain
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
While chiropractic care is mainly focused on the treatment of disorders related to the neuro musculoskeletal system, our chiropractors will also help individuals who have problems related to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. When necessary, they will refer patients to medical doctors, spine specialists, or other health care specialists able to treat the client’s injury using a different technique.
How to Select a Chiropractor
The key to selecting the right chiropractor is finding a doctor who meets your specific healthcare needs who you are comfortable with. The following aspects should be taken into consideration when choosing a chiropractor:
- Education and training
- Communication skills
- Treatment philosophy
- Office location
- Insurance coverage and cost
Taking the time to consider these attributes will help you find the right chiropractor for your personal needs. Finding the right chiropractor is critical to successful recovery from back pain, neck pain, or a traumatic injury. Additionally, apart from spinal manipulation, chiropractor services involve different types of massage therapies, including hydrotherapy and acupuncture. Recommendations on lifestyle, exercises, and caring for the body holistically on a daily basis are also included in this care.
What is Spinal Manipulation?
If you are interested in getting chiropractic care due to pain or discomfort in your back, neck, or shoulders, you can expect your chiropractor to perform spinal manipulation. During your first appointment, the doctor will explain this type of chiropractic treatment to you before he or she works to improve the health of your spine.
Generally speaking, there are over a hundred different types of adjustment techniques that a chiropractor can use. The most common technique is spinal manipulation, which involves a series of high-velocity thrusts while the doctor works with both hands. To perform spinal manipulation, the doctor will use their hands or an instrument to apply a sudden force or pressure to a joint connected to the spine. In many instances, there is a cracking or popping sound that occurs when the chiropractor conducts the adjustment. This is not a cause for alarm, as it is believed to be the result of an air bubble forming from the spinal manipulation.
When a person seeks chiropractic care, the specific type of treatment they will receive largely depends on the individual and their particular needs.