What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a licensed health care profession that conservatively treats pain and certain 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 gentle but specific forces by hand to ensure that the spine is working correctly, and to reduce discomfort if needed.  Chiropractors are experts in the application of this treatment, ensuring that it is performed in a way that’s safe and comfortable for the patient.

Although treatment is most commonly performed on the spine, chiropractors can also treat other places such as the ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, or shoulder to restore structural alignment, improve the joint function, and reduce pain.

Chiropractic manipulative treatment is often accompanied by non-manual therapies such as application of heat or ice, application of TENS, rehabilitative exercise, counseling about diet, weight loss, and other lifestyle factors.

What training do Chiropractors need?

Properly trained Doctors of Chiropractic must first obtain four years of undergraduate education before applying 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 areas such as anatomy, pathology, and psychology, then eventually concentrating on a thorough clinical training.  At least one year of education is spent in a clinical setting, participating in patient treatment 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, 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 part of the treatment of many common athletic injuries in 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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