Chiropractors are health care professionals who treat many conditions as they relate to the spine, emphasizing the dependency of health on the correct functioning of the central nerve system.
Becoming a chiropractor takes on the average seven years of school in a curriculum similar to a medical doctor's education (instead of training in pharmacology and surgery, chiropractors have more training in radiology, neurology and spinal adjusting techniques). The extensive education requirement includes over 4000 hours of anatomy, pathology and clinical skills.
Chiropractic colleges are accredited by the Council of Chiropractic Education (CCE), and are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
In order to receive a license to practice chiropractic, comprehensive State and National Board examinations must be passed and continuing education must be earned each year.
Over time, poor posture and unbalanced joint motion cause joint stress, breakdown, arthritis, and pain. Chiropractors help problems in the musculo-skeletal system (muscles, bones and joints). Pain is reduced when we relieve irritation and stress from nerves, muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues. Our goal is to restore normal motion and relieve pain.
Besides treating patients for back and neck pain, many chiropractors believe improving the body's motion will relieve irritation of the nervous system. Since the body is controlled by the nerves, a well adjusted body functions better and is healthier.
Chiropractors adjust or manipulate misaligned vertebrae (the bones of your spinal column) to restore correct functioning of your central nerve system. They may also work with other parts of your body affected by the misaligned vertebrae. Chiropractors may do this by using their hands and various mechanical and electrical instruments.
Chiropractors care for patients suffering from a wide variety of symptoms as their cause relates to the spine, such as headaches; numbness; back, shoulder, neck, chest, rib, arm and leg pain; abnormal curvature of the spine; muscle spasms; dizziness; and even some stress, asthma, and allergy disorders, among others.
What can I expect during a chiropractic examination?
The chiropractor will conduct a physical examination and ask you question about your overall health, family health, and activity. Like other primary care health professionals, chiropractors consider many different causes for your symptoms. If necessary, X-rays may be taken.
We will then explain your problem, tell you whether or not we feel chiropractic care is indicated, and an appropriate treatment plan will be recommended.
Then, gentle manipulation (or adjustments) to your spine or other joints are performed. Ultrasound, Electrical Muscle Stimulation, or other physiotherapy treatments may also be used.
In addition, massage can stretch tight muscles and personalized exercises can help retrain poor patterns of body motion.
If some other type of care is needed in addition to or instead of chiropractic care, we will refer you to another health care provider. Chiropractors often consult with other health professionals, such as medical doctors.