Chiropractic Summary: Chiropractors diagnose and treat spinal misalignment that often effects the nerves, muscles, bones, and joints of the body. Although most contemporary chiropractors have introduced other therapies, spinal adjustments remains the essence of chiropractic. Chiropractors are often effective in dealing with acute and chronic low back pain, neck pain, headaches (including migraines), frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and other sports injuries, and carpal tunnel syndrome, and may be helpful for otitis media (ear infection), digestive problems, menstrual and premenstrual pain, and asthma.
Chiropractor FAQs: What is a chiropractor?
A Chiropractor practices a type of care in which abnormal function of the nervous system is considered the cause of disease. The method of treatment is delivered by a Chiropractic doctor, or Chiropractor and usually involves an “adjustment” of the spinal column and other body structures. A Chiropractor corrects misalignment’s which are often the cause of nerve pressure resulting in pain, illness and physiological degeneration.
What happens during a visit to a Chiropractor?
The first visit usually lasts about an hour. The Chiropractor takes a complete health history, including information on past injuries and illnesses; current conditions and medications; lifestyle; exercise; and mental stresses. During a physical exam, the Chiropractor also tests the extent of spinal mobility and may perform various diagnostic tests, such as blood pressure and may recommend x-rays, to rule out other conditions. Patients are typically asked to lie on a specially designed table, where the Chiropractor performs the spinal adjustments. The most common types of adjustments are manual or light tapping with an instrument , which involves movement of the selected joint. The Chiropractor may use other treatments including rehab or soft-tissue therapies. Some people could possibly experience minor aches, stiffness, and tiredness after the adjustment while their body adjusts to the new alignment, much like exercising for the first time in a long time will also result in some body aches or stiffness.
Are there conditions that should not be treated by a Chiropractor?
Individuals with bone fractures or immediately recent severe trauma should have these issues addressed before treatment by a Chiropractor in areas affected by any of these conditions. Patients should also tell their chiropractor about any physical disabilities they have, or if they are experiencing symptoms of numbness, tingling, weakness, or other neurological problems.
What type of education or degrees does a Chiropractor need?
A minimum of eight years of study is generally required to obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree (DC). The Chiropractor student is required to complete undergraduate studies and then a four-year degree from an accredited Chiropractic College or University. In order to attain the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, the Chiropractor must complete a one-year clinical internship prior to graduation. After graduation, the Chiropractor must pass four demanding national board exams and individual state exams in the states in which they choose to practice.
Do Chiropractic doctors and Medical doctors work together?
Doctor Carl A. Hoffman (1972 president of the American Medical Association) stated that “as a urologist, I work closely with the chiropractors in my area. They refer patients to me and I refer to them.” Over the past fourteen years, in special cases, Doctor Severin has worked closely with Doctor Hubble of the Emory Spine and Orthopedic Center striving for the best possible care for his patients through team work.
Do Chiropractors treat women while they are pregnant?
Yes! It is very safe and easy. Over the past twenty two years of providing care for expecting mothers we have seen wonderful results from reducing sciatic pain to mothers telling us that their labor time was reduced and less painful as compared to their previous delivery. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association stated that” Manipulation can be of great value in normalizing the body functions of women with problems of pregnancy such as toxemia”.
Do Chiropractors treat babies?
Yes. Doctor Gutman, a German medical doctor, stated in 1987 that “In one case history, an 18 month old boy suffered from tonsillitis, frequent enteritis (inflamed intestines), therapy-resistant conjunctivitis (eye infection), frequent colds and earache and increasing sleeping problems. After the first spinal adjustment, the child demanded to be put to bed and slept peacefully until morning.”
Do Chiropractors treat children?
Yes. Published in 1989 in the JMPT and JCR it states, “Among the observed effects of subluxation correction (removing the pressure placed on a spinal nerve due to a slight shift of a vertebra in the spine) have been improvements in emotional, behavioral and neurological problems such as asthma, anxiety, low mental stamina, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, discipline problems and even low grades”.