A licensed chiropractor uses either special instruments or their fingers to move joints in the body. This is sometimes called joint manipulation or spinal manipulation. It can reduce pain and help to correct the body’s alignment and overall function.
Many conditions are treated by chiropractors, including those affecting the nervous system. Chiropractic care can be helpful with low back pain and headache.
Who is a chiropractor, and how do they work?
A chiropractor is a doctor who can treat any type of muscle, joint, or bone pain. The traditional medical care you receive can be supplemented by chiropractors.
What's a chiropractor doing?
A chiropractor's job is simple. Think about aches and pains, creaks, and strains. If your problem is musculoskeletal, a chiropractor might offer you alternative treatments.
A chiropractor doesn't prescribe medication.
A chiropractor may prescribe:
Soft Tissue Therapy: To relax tight muscle spasms, release tension and loosen the fascia (the connective material that surrounds each muscular)
Adjustments To gently realign and increase ranges of motion.
Joint bracing/taping - (e.g. Kinesio taping ): To support the healing of sprained muscles and joints.
Stretches: To restore and preserve mobility and range of motion.
Referrals of integrative medicine professionals: Get guidance on diet to reduce inflammation, promote weight loss, and improve nutrition.
It is not common for treatments to cause discomfort. Side effects include soreness that is similar to what you might feel after a workout.
Chiropractors treat pain anywhere on the body.
They treat the entire musculoskeletal network and look at the root causes.
Problems can be treated by chiropractors for all ages. The intensity of the treatment depends on the patient. All potential patients are carefully screened before they can be offered chiropractic care. Joint manipulation is not possible for many older patients. If chiropractic care proves too dangerous for a patient they will direct them towards the right people or resources.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
Your chiropractor will review your medical history during your first visit and conduct a physical exam.
The diagnostic tests might be performed are as follow:
X-rays, which use low amounts of electromagnetic radiation to visualize internal structures, are also known as X-rays.
Computed Tomography (CT), which uses X rays to produce detailed pictures inside the body, scan
MRI scan using radio waves, strong magnetic fields, and lasers to create images of the body.
Your symptoms, your exam results, and the results from tests will be used to help you develop a treatment plan. Next, the chiropractor applies controlled force using small instruments or their hands. The sensation of popping or cracking may occur.
You may also be offered other treatments by your chiropractor. These might include:
Advice on nutrition and diet.
Icing and heat therapy
Stretching, exercises, and other activities.
Here are some ways to manage stress while relaxing your muscles.
What is chiropractic adjustment good for?
Migraines, neck-related headaches.
Injuries to the neck and spine
Joint problems in the arms and legs.
What risks are there with a chiropractic adjustment?
It is possible to feel tired and sore after chiropractic treatment. Some people may also experience headaches.
In rare instances, serious complications may arise from chiropractic care.
Pinched nervous in the lower back (cauda Equina syndrome).
If you are not licensed, complications are more likely. Only a licensed professional chiropractor should be treating you.
What are the chances of a positive outcome for patients who have undergone chiropractic adjustment?
Many people feel relief from their symptoms almost immediately after receiving Chiropractic treatment.
But chiropractic care has a long-term goal. It is not about relieving symptoms.
For future problems, it can be very helpful to know how to place your body at your desk, when you are standing and moving, and when your body is in bed.
It is vital to inform your primary physician about any pain you have, regardless of whether it is recent or ongoing for more than three months. You should consult your primary care doctor to rule out serious medical conditions that might need treatment.
How do I contact my doctor?
Any unusual symptoms that you experience while receiving chiropractic care should be noted. You should immediately contact your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms.
What more should I learn about chiropractic care in general?
Only a licensed chiropractor, also known as a doctor of chiropractic or DC, should perform adjustments. There is a greater risk of side effects and complications when you are treated by someone who has not been trained and licensed.