What chiropractors do is an even bigger question, so let us enlighten you.
Examination and Assessment
Chiropractors are health professionals specializing in neuromuscular disorders and often treat neck and back pain, strains and sprains, arthritis, and some types of headaches and migraines.
Chiropractors start by conducting a thorough examination and assessment of any patient. This often includes diagnostic tests such as x-rays, CT scans or MRI scans.
Your chiropractor will also want to discuss your medical history and conduct a physical exam. This will allow them to know more about your symptoms and understand what might be causing your discomfort.
After your examination and assessment, they will prepare a unique treatment plan based on your results and findings.
Non-Invasive, Drugless Treatments
Chiropractors believe that the structural misalignments of the musculoskeletal system affect everything from your fertility to breathing patterns. To treat these misalignments, they don’t rely on drugs or invasive procedures.
Instead, they use hands-on adjustment techniques, exercises and stretches to treat your aches and pains.
They also conduct relaxation, stimulation, hot and cold treatment, and diet and weight loss counselling where necessary. Other than that they may also conduct soft tissue therapy or joint bracing/taping as part of your treatment.
Depending on the treatment plan provided for you, your chiropractor may also refer you to treatments such as acupuncture, cold laser therapy, electrodiagnostic, MLS laser therapy or other procedures.
These treatments may be conducted by your chiropractor if they are qualified, or in conjunction with another provider.
Chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation is what you will mostly see if you look up chiropractors on the internet. This treatment involves the use of hands or instruments to manipulate the joints in your body.
There are two ways to do this.
One is Manipulation or High-Velocity/Low-Amplitude Thrust which is the most well-known chiropractic care. This involves the forceful manipulation that results in an audible pop or cracks.
Another is Mobilization or Low-Force/Gentle where a more gentle, localized adjustment is conducted to address misalignment in patients with underlying conditions.
Spinal manipulation is relatively safe when conducted by a trained and licensed practitioner, but it is still important to receive a screening before a chiropractic adjustment to know if you’re a good candidate for chiropractic care.
It’s also good to note that too much adjustment may not be beneficial, so finding a well-qualified and knowledgeable provider is important.
Chiropractic treatment is an effective treatment option for people experiencing lower back pain, neck pain, muscle pain, and headaches. The great thing is you do not need a referral to see a chiropractor.
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