What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that conservatively treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly concentrating on the spine and its surrounding structures.

What is a typical treatment?

Our most common form of treatment is chiropractic manipulative treatment, which involves applying a gentle but specific force in a precise direction to restore the proper position or motion of a part of the spine.  Chiropractors are experts in the application of this treatment, ensuring that it is performed in a way that’s safe and effective for the patient.

Although treatment is most commonly performed on the spine, chiropractors can also treat other joints, such as the ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, or shoulder to restore structural alignment or to improve the joint function. Proper structural alignment is necessary for proper function of the joints.

Chiropractic manipulative treatment is often accompanied by non-manual therapies such as application of heat or ice, electrical stimulation, orthotic supports for your shoes, rehabilitative exercise, counseling about diet, weight loss, and other lifestyle factors.

What training do Chiropractors need?

Doctors of chiropractic must first obtain nearly four years of undergraduate pre-medical education before applying for acceptance to a chiropractic college that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.  Once accepted, doctors then complete a four to five-year program of study, beginning with basic sciences and patient care areas such as anatomy, basic pathology, and psychology, eventually concentrating on thorough clinical training.  At least one year of education is spent in a clinical program, participating in actual patient care under the supervision of licensed staff doctors.

Chiropractors must then pass national certification board examinations before being granted a license to practice. In order to maintain their licence, as in all healthcare professions, chiropractors must complete regular continuing education.

What Chiropractic can do for you?

There are numerous therapeutic benefits of chiropractic, to include treatment of conditions such as low back and neck pain, tension and migraine headaches, and sciatica.  Patients also often report an increased ease of movement and a greater overall feeling of well-being under chiropractic care.  Athletes also commonly seek regular chiropractic care as a means of maximizing their physical performance and to treat many common athletic injuries of the joints and muscles.

Conditions which chiropractic commonly treats can include:
  • Back and neck pain
  • Tension and migraine headache
  • Shoulder girdle pain
  • Forward head posture
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Back discomfort during pregnancy
  • Pain originating in spinal discs
  • Radiating pain in the arms or legs
  • Whiplash discomfort

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