Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat Neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
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 hypomobile – or 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.
~American Chiropractic Association
Each patient is individually evaluated for a specific treatment plan. When you first arrive we will ask you to fill out a few forms to get some health care history (click here to fill them out in advance). The evaluation lasts approximately 45 minutes. The doctor will discuss your presenting concerns as well as your previous care. The doctor will then begin a physical exam which includes a physical assessment of affected areas. The doctor will then discuss chiropractic adjustment and the patient’s comfort level.
Some patients who are new to chiropractic may feel anxious about certain adjustments. The doctor does not adjust without permission from the client. After the first adjustment the doctor will discuss the treatment expectations for the patient’s particular ailment. Typically if a patient has an acute issue the patient will return within 3-5 days for an additional assessment and adjustment (15 minute appointment). After the second visit the doctor will begin extending the time between visits until the patient can hold the adjustment permanently (typically 4-6 weeks between visits). All treatment is performed in a private treatment room, no “open room adjustments”. Patients are only asked to wear gowns in rare circumstances.
New patients are scheduled for a comprehensive one hour examination. The doctor will evaluate you, give you a report of findings and if appropriate offer treatment on the same day. Each patient is given a unique treatment plan based on his or her needs.
Average appointments include approximately 15 minutes face to face with the doctor. Other therapies may be suggested based upon the patients condition. Most patients begin to feel significant improvement within 2-3 visits. Typical patients complete treatment within 4-6 weeks and return on an as needed basis.
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