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About Chiropractors and Chiropractic Care
What is Chiropractic and Chiropractic Treatments?
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts that is concerned with human health and disease processes. Chiropractors focus on the physiological and biochemical conditions of patients, including how spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, nutritional and emotional relationships affect patient's well-being. In doing so, they also consider environmental conditions surrounding the patient.
In the United States, the practice of spinal manipulation started in 1895 with Daniel David Palmer. Palmer, who focused in studying anatomy and physiology, founded the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1897 - still one of the most prominent chiropractic colleges in the nation.
Are chiropractors physicians? Are they required to be licensed?
Doctors of Chiropractic are physicians who spend a minimum of 4,200 hours in academicals, laboratory and clinical training in accredited chiropractic colleges. To become licensed in the state of Texas a prospective chiropractic student must have a four year undergraduate degree before acceptance into the chiropractic program. This degree must include courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once enrolled in chiropractic school the course work is four years long and includes comparable medical school classroom hours in biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology and pathology. Becoming licensed as a chiropractic physician requires passing three different National Board exams and then passing the State Board exam.
What do chiropractors do? What are chiropractic adjustments?
Chiropractors are dedicated to non-invasive care promoting science-based approaches to a variety of ailments. They can diagnose and prescribe appropriate therapy to help patients heal from a wide range of dysfunctions and disorders. Most common procedures include the adjustment and manipulation of the articulations of the spine, as well as adjacent tissues. Chiropractors are educated in the diagnosis and correction of spinal misalignments. These misalignments are called subluxations. Subluxations can be the cause of pain, muscle spasm or radicular symptoms such as sciatica. Subluxations can also affect proper nerve communication with internal organs resulting in disease and dysfunction. Finally, subluxations may be the root cause of degenerative conditions such as arthritis or spinal instability.
Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has prepared them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to get those patients the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral to a medical specialist.
Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.
Should I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Many pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age and condition of health.
If you have additional questions or concerns about chiropractic care or general health and wellness inquiries, please contact Cornerstone Health & Wellness. We are always ready and willing to help you make health the cornerstone of your life.