A Brief Rundown of Chiropractors

What Is Chiropractic and What Does a Chiropractor Do?

Chiropractic is a kind of alternative medicine that started at the end of the 19th century, involving the treatment of several musculoskeletal and related problems. Chiropractors undertake demanding training at particular schools of chiropractic medicine and are certified and licensed by individual state boards. Reliable chiropractors are malpractice-insured, and most health insurance plans now cover chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractors are trained medical professionals who are best known for treating pain in the back and neck; however, chiropractic has also been proven to help resolve leg and arm issues, migraines and chronic headaches, whiplash, jaw problems, digestive disorders, scoliosis, arthritis, and vertigo. Still, most patients seeking chiropractic care do so because of back, neck and limbs/joint pain.

Chiropractors are experts in assessing the human body in terms of joint health, nerve conduction, and other related functions. On an initial exam, patients may expect a doctor of chiropractic to ask for a complete health medical history. This is followed by the chiropractor performing a comprehensive physical examination that may include tests like X-rays. Most probably, the patient’s primary care doctor will be contacted about the care that is provided (or maybe the patient has been referred to the chiropractor for a particular treatment). A lot of doctors and chiropractors work together on patient care, deciding as a team on how the evaluation and treatment should go.

The chiropractor will typically prescribe exercises for the patient as part of a total routine of self-care. Follow-up appointments may be needed a certain number of times weekly for acute injuries, while maintenance care will require less visits. Certain chiropractors may as well prescribe herbal medicines and/or dietary supplements as part of the treatment.

What to Expect During Treatment

While there are many different types of chiropractic, you can usually expect to lie prone or supine on a low table what is specially created for chiropractic manipulation. Before the actual treatment, chiropractors will usually employ certain techniques, such as electrical stimulation and massage, to loosen up your muscles and relax your entire body.

The feeling of having the neck, mid-spine, lower spine or hips manipulated has been likened to a “popping” sensation, which usually offers bring instant relief to an otherwise painful part of the body or to a stressed out patient in general. While a lot of chiropractors will manually “crack” the spine and joints, there are those who now use hand-held devices, usually called activators, that deliver a gentler, more calculated touch while performing basically the same functions and offering the same benefits as manual manipulation. A lot of chiropractors stock to manual “cracking” of the spine and joints, but others have been using activators or handheld devices that allow these professionals to deliver a gentler yet more calculated touch, performing the same function and delivering the same benefits as manual manipulation. Lastly, there is also a small number of chiropractors who practice “network chiropractic,” which is a form of chiropractic medicine that relies on gentle touch instead of direct spinal manipulation.