Please click on the questions below for a detailed description of what chiropractic doctors do, the common chiropractic treatment methods, the healing process, and the treatment period.
What do chiropractic doctors do?
What kind of back pain is chiropractic treatment effective for?
Are all patients spines adjusted the same way?
Can I adjust myself?
Can I speed the healing process?
How long will I need chiropractic care?
Assist you in finding and treating the causes of pain, including spinal problems resulting in pain, such as upper and lower back pain, neck pain and headaches.
Helping to restore proper spinal biomechanics and improved nervous system function begins with a case history. This gives the doctor a background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details on the problems affecting your current health.
After reviewing your history and discussing your specific problem, a thorough chiropractic examination is performed. X-rays may be taken to uncover structural and functional problems associated with the spine. These examinations help identify areas of spinal malfunction and resulting nervous system deficit. The findings of these examinations are fully explained and a plan of chiropractic treatment for problems is initiated. The plan consists of a program of spinal adjustments and manipulation. Progress is monitored with periodic examinations and follow-up reports.
- Automobile accidents (personal injury)
- Work injuries (including poor office ergonomics)
- Sports injuries
- Improper lifting
- Repetitive motion (prolonged activity at a computer terminal)
- Pain from household chores (gardening)
- Pain from poor posture
- Biomechanical problems
- Scoliosis and other congenital problems
- Stress-related back pain
The doctor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. The resulting recommendation for spinal adjustment and manipulation are based upon the patient’s case history.
Some patients who complain of headaches, may actually have a lower back problem that is causing a compensation reaction at the base of the skull. Other patients may be experiencing numbness and tingling in their fingers, when the problem is in the neck. Every patient presents a uniquely different spinal pattern. Patients notice that their chiropractic care and adjustments are is delivered with confidence and precision. Each visit builds on the previous one. Although many visits may seem similar, each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.
Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint, it is fundamentally impossible to adjust oneself.
It is possible to turn, bend or twist in a certain direction to create a “popping” sound. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making the pain eventually increase. The best way to enjoy the healthful benefits of chiropractic is to receive adjustments from a Doctor of Chiropractic. Even your doctor must seek out the services of another colleague to help restore and maintain spinal function.
While there aren’t any shortcuts to speed your recovery, there is a lot you can do to give yourself the best chance at a quick recovery from spinal problems.
Learning proper sitting and lifting methods can prevent unnecessary strain on your spine. Specific exercises may be given to help restrain the muscles that support your spine. Proper rest is also an important aspect of the healing process. Getting the appropriate amount of rest your body needs and avoiding sleeping on your stomach can be very beneficial.
During the healing process, proper nutrition is more important than ever. Make sure you eat balanced meals, and if you’re overweight, slimming down will also help reduce unnecessary stresses on your spine.
Spinal problems neglected since early childhood may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.
Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in optimal shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventive care is helpful in the maintenance of good health.
Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their pain becomes unbearable. When this style of “crisis management” is used, their treatment is often more costly and time-consuming. It is my job as a chiropractor to treat every patient, regardless of his or her health goals.
How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
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