WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, disc issues, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
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Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians—practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain,
and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What conditions do chiropractic physicians treat?
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and how these disorders affect overall general health. Specifically, Doctors of Chiropractic are highly trained in the detection and removal of the vertebral subluxation complex, which is one of the most detrimental stresses that affect the body and its functioning capabilities. Chiropractic focuses on treating the cause of disease, not just the symptoms that present.
How do I select a Doctor of Chiropractic?
All chiropractic physicians undergo the same rigorous and stringent educational requirements at an accredited chiropractic college. During their schooling, all chiropractic physicians must undergo over 4000 classroom hours of learning as well as complete all national boards exams required to practice chiropractic. Upon completion of all academic requirements, all physicians must complete the necessary professional requirements for state licensure. Dr Cate a graduate of Texas chiropractic college, has achieved all necessary academic and professional prerequisites, and all potential patients can be assured of his academic competence and clinical experience.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic care is the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapy available in the healthcare field. Although extremely rare in occurrence, there are some potentially adverse effects, which is true with all forms of healthcare. Most patients will feel immediate relief with care, though some may experience mild discomfort, soreness or aching. The risk of any form of stroke, or VBD, is extremely low, only occurring 1 in every 5.85 million manipulation procedures.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
The short answer is YES! Children are active, as they should be, and experience many types of falls and blows to their body on a daily basis from things as simple as learning to walk. Chiropractic care and methods are adapted to the individual child and continue to be specific, but gentle treatments. Children are very resilient and adapt quickly, though problems that occur in childhood will often manifest later in life. It is best to address all occurrences early, similar to preventative dentistry.
Do insurance plans cover chiropractic care?
Most insurance companies cover chiropractic care, though the specific coverage will vary from plan to plan. As chiropractic care continues to grow, insurance companies continue to recognize the importance of such care, understanding that prevention and wellness are becoming more and more necessary. Chiropractic care is also covered by Medicare and Medicaid through the government programs. Most workers compensation and personal injury cases also include chiropractic care as a covered treatment.
What type of education and training do Doctors of Chiropractic have?
Doctors of Chiropractic are educated as primary healthcare practitioners, focusing on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. To be accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, applicants must first complete nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate studies, focusing on biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, psychology and all associated lab work. Once enrolled in an accredited chiropractic college, students must complete 4-5 academic years of schooling with significant clinical training. Chiropractic college consists of over 4200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical training experience.
How is the chiropractic adjustment performed?
The chiropractic spinal adjustment, or manipulation, is a manual procedure of highly refined skills developed from intensive years of chiropractic education and training. Dr. Raymond uses his hands to manipulate a joint, particularly a spinal joint, in order to reduce pain, remove nerve interference and to restore or enhance joint function.
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is a misaligned vertebra that causes nerve impingement. Dr Cate concentrates on locating these subluxations, and restoring the alignment and mobility of the spinal joint. This promotes normal function and pain relief.
Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
The popping or cracking sound that many patients hear is actually the release of a gas bubble in the capsule surrounding the joints of the spine. This is just like the noise you typically hear when cracking your knuckles. The gas bubble releases due to a pressure change in the joint capsule and there is no pain involved at all due that change and release.
The Real Reason You’re Not Supposed to “Pop” your own Neck
What They Tell You:
Because It’s Dangerous and that you could do Serious Damage.
Why They Tell You That:
It’s Half of the Actual Answer, but the real answer is much harder to explain and they don’t think they can hold your attention long enough (Seriously!).
The Real Answer:
Here comes the Science… Your neck is essentially made up of 7 bones. Between each of those bones is a joint. When one of those joints gets “stuck” out of place, it actually makes it (nearly) impossible for you to move that particular joint under your own power.
I know what you’re thinking…
“But when I do crack my neck, it feels so much better! I must have fixed it” Have you ever noticed that the pain usually comes back after a few minutes?
Your body actually blocks those “achy” pain signals when you move any joint. You don’t have to move the “joint that was locked up” to get that temporary “pain block”. The pain coming back is a good signal that you didn’t move the right area. (You probably moved an area that was “ok” to begin with!) Oh and by the way, it’s also very Dangerous to Pop your Own Neck!
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