Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive approach to healthcare covered by most insurance.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nerves of the body. The nervous system is protected by the spinal vertebrae. When these vertebrae become misaligned or lose normal motion, malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body result.
Chiropractic is a form of natural health care that focuses on treating a patient without the use of drugs or medicines. Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers and are recognized by governmental health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ Compensation programs and more. Every year, more than 30 million Americans see chiropractors as part of the regular health care programs. With over 84,000 licensed chiropractors nationwide and more than 10,000 students currently enrolled in chiropractic school, it is the fastest growing health care profession.
Chiropractors frequently treat individuals with problems, such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions that chiropractors manage or provide care for is not limited to the common pains and problems listed above. Chiropractors also have the training to treat a variety of conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, and other disorders as new research is developed.
What can you expect from chiropractic care?
Although each of our doctor’ s processes vary slightly, you can expect to complete a full medical history questionnaire and “new patient” paperwork.
You will then consult with your doctor. This consultation is your opportunity to discuss your health concerns and past health history with the doctor.
A physical exam will be performed which may include orthopedic testing, reflex assessments, muscle testing, and a specific chiropractic evaluation. X-rays may be necessary to determine an exact diagnosis. X-rays can be done right at the office. In order to have time to give your case a thorough study, your doctor will go over the results of the exam and x-rays with you on the next visit.
Then, depending on your situation, your doctor may give you an adjustment and/or begin physical therapy, if needed. Adjustments should not be painful, although you may feel some discomfort until the pressure in the joint is relieved.
Depending on your condition, your chiropractor may schedule a series of visits for care.
What conditions are treated with chiropractic care?
Although not a comprehensive list, common conditions include: neck, back, and hip pain, headaches, posture correction, prenatal care, and support for the nervous and immune systems. Chiropractic care is safe for patients of all ages, supporting health and recovery through illness, injury, birth, and the early stages of infant and child development!