Chiropractic was established in 1896. It is a health care system that focuses on the spine and nervous system. Chiropractic is a natural and conservative method to help with many ailments facing us today. Chiropractors try to employ a holistic (whole body) attitude when working in the healthcare profession.
Chiropractic care is focused on restoring the normal physiological function in the human body. Chiropractors help patients in the areas of diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices. Chiropractors use the chiropractic adjustment to restore proper spinal motion to the body.
Chiropractic is about health maintenance and disease prevention. Chiropractors recognize that there is a sound need for drugs and surgery, but do their best to prevent the need for these interventions where necessary. Chiropractic care can be used in combination with other healing arts (acupuncture, massage therapy, physical therapy), depending on the treatment program required, with much success.
There are many ways to deliver a chiropractic adjustment. Every chiropractor is different, and may use different styles to best serve your needs. During a visit you can expect to be asked to give a detailed history of your past and current condition. You will then undergo a comprehensive, and focused physical exam to identify any imbalances in your body. This will help determine what may be causing your issues and whether chiropractic care may benefit you. If it is determined that chiropractic care may be beneficial for you, your course of care will be discussed.
Chiropractic care is widely considered to be one of the safest therapies available, but remember there are some risks involved with chiropractic care. Most people feel relief after treatment, but some may have mild soreness, which usually fades within 24 hours. There have been some reports that have associated neck adjustments with certain types of stroke. This risk is extremely rare, approximately 1 case in 5.85 million manipulations. However, the best evidence indicates that you are at no more risk of stroke after seeing a chiropractor compared to seeing other medical management. It is important to know any risks involved, and have an open and honest dialogue with your chiropractor about your condition and concerns.
More and more studies are being done to determine the benefits of chiropractic care. Some of the latest studies have shown that chiropractic care can help with low-back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, prevention of sports injuries, upper extremity conditions, and other musculoskeletal conditions.
I hope this has given you a little more insight into what chiropractic care is, how it might benefit you, and what to expect when going to see a chiropractor. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to ask.
This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.