What is Chiropractic?
Your neck and back hurts, and medical treatments and physical therapy alone do not seem to work. With each step, reach, twist, lift and bend the pain stops you in your tracks. Or perhaps it comes and goes. Like millions of Americans you have gone to great lengths and great expense to find relief, any relief. How about Chiropractic?
Now before you jump to conclusions about Chiropractors, Chiropractors are REAL Doctors. Officially the title is Doctor of Chiropractic which although very impressive sounding, isn't terribly easy to say. So we are referred to as Chiropractors or Chiropractic Physicians.
Before a Chiropractor lays their hands on your back or neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand, hip, knee, or ankle/foot, we have laid our eyes on hundreds of books. 4 Years at a university and continued with post-graduate education (usually 3-4 years at a Chiropractic College). Skeletal, Visceral , Neuro - Anatomy, Histology, Pathology, Physiology, Neurology, Clinical Nutrition, Biomechanics, Radiology and Spinal and Extremity Manipulation/Adjusting Techniques are just a handful of subjects we've studied. Chiropractors must complete a minimum 1 year internship (often a hospital based internship), and some continue on to residencies in orthopedics, neurology, family practice, diagnostic imaging and research to name a few. We must also pass rigorous National and State licensing Board examinations. Many chiropractors have been appointed to hospital medical staffs across the country to provide chiropractic services to patients in emergency rooms and as part of a multi-specialty team to those patients admitted with various medical conditions.
But what does this mean to you and your pain? It can mean the difference between living with pain (how many times have you heard "You'll just have to live with it!") or a life with little or no pain.
Chiropractors specialize in back and neck pain. That's our primary focus. Our main area of expertise. Though many of us treat conditions affecting the extremities such as rotator cuff syndrome, tendonitis, sprain/strains, knee and hip pain and plantar fasciitis to name just a few. We are experts and unequaled in our knowledge of the back and neck. We offer hands-on, effective treatments. Treatments do not include surgery or medications. The reason for no medications: we feel that the body can heal itself if given the chance. Give your body it's chance, before drugs and surgery! You'll be glad you did. For those patients that unfortunately have waited to long before seeking treatment and therefore to much damage has occurred or whose condition requires a surgical consult, we have a good working relationship with some of the top orthopedic and neuro - surgeons in the area.
What is chiropractic? Chiropractic - (ki"ro-prak'tik) means "done by hand". Although it is the youngest of the natural healing arts, Chiropractic has appreciated tremendous growth during the past decade. Chiropractors blend the drugless, non-surgical art of hands-on therapy with the science and technology of modern medicine and physical rehabilitation. It is a branch of health care that concentrates on naturally balancing and optimizing the function of the body in order to promote and maintain health. It is the third largest clinical profession in health care.
At the foundation of chiropractic philosophy is that the body has the ability to heal itself, provided the organ systems function optimally. The primary treatment administered by chiropractors is spinal manipulation, also known as an "adjustment". Most chiropractors prescribe exercises, stretches and lifestyle modifications to maintain optimal health. Some also provide nutritional counseling and acupuncture. Many chiropractors are certified in what is called Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA).