When someone seeks out chiropractic care for the first time, they’re bound to have questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked of your chiropractic team.
What types of conditions do Doctors of Chiropractic treat?
Your chiropractor is able to care for patients suffering from a variety of health problems. While they’re specifically known for treating neck and back pain, they’re also able to treat patients who are suffering from other debilitations, particularly those in the joints, muscles, and ligaments.
In addition to performing adjustments, your chiropractor is an excellent resource on healthy living topics like nutrition and exercise.
Is it safe?
Yes! Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and drug-free method of treating the neuro-musculoskeletal system through manipulations to the affected area with the hands or specialized tools. Most people notice an immediate improvement following a chiropractic adjustment, while others experience slight discomfort which is usually managed well with an over the counter pain reliever, like ibuprofen.
Can children receive a chiropractic adjustment?
Absolutely! Children are much more physically active than adults are and typically experience many more falls and blows than adults do. Since your chiropractor adjusts his or her technique to each patient, you can be assured that even newborns can benefit from an adjustment.
Are chiropractors allowed to practice in hospitals?
Hospital privileges were first granted to Doctors of Chiropractic in the early 80s. Since then, chiropractic privileges have been increased to the point where they are allowed to admit and treat patients in outpatient facilities and hospitals.
What sort of training do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?
Your chiropractor receives the same amount of education as a primary care physician, with an emphasis on the study and treatment of the musculoskeletal system and the nerves that supply the spine. Chiropractic educational requirements are among the most stringent of all health care professions, and typically include four years of pre-med undergrad work before being accepted to a chiropractic college. If accepted, a potential chiropractor will spend four to five years taking classes in topics ranging from anatomy and physiology to nutrition.
How does a chiropractor perform an adjustment?
A chiropractor typically uses his or her hands to manipulate the joints in your body (particularly the spine) to improve the functions of the joint. While it may look frightening to the novice, a chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that often brings about immediate relief to a patient.
Why is there a popping noise when my back is being adjusted?
Manipulating a joint frequently results in the release of gas bubbles between the joints, similar to the sound your knuckles make when you crack them. While the sound can be very loud, there’s rarely any sort of pain involved. In fact, after you’ve visited with your chiropractic team for a period of time, you’ll probably come to associate the popping noise with a feeling of release and relief.
Chiropractic care has been helping people for more than 100 years. If you want to know more about this subject, feel free to contact your chiropractic team. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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