What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is a health profession that works to correct the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system through natural means. Problems with the nervous system can have a negative impact on a person’s general health. Chiropractic care focuses primarily on musculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, neck pain, and complaints in the joints of the arms and legs as well as  headaches.

What Is A Chiropractor?

Doctors who are chiropractors, who are also known as chiropractic physicians or chiropractors, treat patients in a hands-on manner that excludes the use of drugs. They prefer to use natural methods and do this by patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment.

Chiropractors do much more than just adjust your back and neck however. They are also trained in broad diagnostic skills and are specially trained to recommend rehabilitative and therapeutic exercises along with being able to provide nutritional, lifestyle, and dietary advice. Chiropractic care is not only about aligning your body, but helping you to live a healthy lifestyle as well.

What Does A Chiropractor Do?

A chiropractor not only takes a natural approach to health care, he or she also believes in preventing the problem before it begins. The goal is to provide a brand of healthcare that is drug and surgery free, while allowing the patient to live an active lifestyle that is free of pain.

Having a poorly aligned spine can explain many ailments, such as headaches, back and neck pain and even sports and work related injuries. A chiropractor’s job is to realign the spine using natural methods and manipulation so that the sufferer can get back on the field, back to work or just live a normal life.

People come to chiropractors with headaches, cramps, and other injuries before they try drugs or surgeries that can sometimes cause more harm than good. Chiropractors even treat pregnant women, although there is some controversy as to whether this is safe for the mother and unborn child.

Chiropractors can treat everyone from infants to the elderly. They are even able to treat conditions that people never knew they had. In other words a chiropractor can treat, and prevent, conditions so that the patient can live a healthier life over all.

What Is Involved In Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractors are specially trained to get to the root of a patients pain. In order to do this, they will conduct a study of the patients medical and health history, and perform a complete neurological and orthopedic examination to try to determine the cause of the patient’s complaints. If they are needed, x-rays, special studies, and other tests will be performed.

Once the root cause of the patient’s pain is discovered then treatment can begin. Some common courses of treatment include:

  • Massage
  • Self-care advice
  • Joint Manipulation
  • Stabilization exercises
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • And in some cases a referral to a specialist if it is necessary.

Contrary to popular belief, most chiropractors follow the treat and release method. If they cannot cure and prevent a patients pain, then they will refer them to another specialist who they hope will be able to help.

How Safe Are These Treatments?

There is much controversy surrounding any type of alternative medicine, and has been for centuries. Chiropractic care is not exempt from this criticism. In recent years, chiropractic care has become widely recognized as a safe, natural way to deal with pain and to prevent illnesses from even happening.

The procedures are drug-free, noninvasive, and have been known to work where other treatments have failed. In addition to being drug-free and safe, spinal manipulation has been extremely effective, and has been known to have patients back on their feet much faster than traditional medicines.

Methods such as acupuncture and applied kinesiology have also been known to relieve pain in sports injuries and other ailments. Chiropractors apply these methods often, as well as spinal manipulation and life counseling. As with any brand of medical treatment there are risks, however the risks associated with chiropractic medicine are small, and the fact that the treatments are drug-free goes a long way towards it being recommended, especially for pregnant women and children.

There are still studies and research being done in the chiropractic field and once again, the risks are said to be minimal. It is important for a patient to be very specific when explaining pain or an injury to their chiropractor so that he can judge what the best form of treatment will be.