A Chiropractor is a healthcare professional whose focus is to diagnose and treat neuromuscular disorders through manual adjustment and the manipulation of patients' spines. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions regarding the effectiveness of chiropractic care in today's society. Part of the reason these misconceptions persist is due to a lack of understanding of Chiropractic health.
Chiropractors work with their patients to relieve chronic pain through manual manipulation, providing patients with a convenient and effective alternative to dangerous pharmaceutical painkillers. Some chiropractors are also trained as functional medicine doctors, allowing these professionals to offer patients a wider variety of treatment options. The majority of these options are focused on a holistic approach to healing and pain management, which is perfect for patients who are looking for safe and effective ways to manage their long-term chronic pain.
During the initial consultation, patients will be expected to provide a brief synopsis of their symptoms including their frequency and duration, the areas affected, and what external factors improve or worsen their pain. When considering overall patient health, specialists will need to learn about the patient's family history, personal dietary habits, occupational and psychosocial history, as well as any past treatment he or she has received. Patients can expect their initial consultations to be fairly extensive office visits.
The physical exams performed by chiropractors can involve anything from static and motion palpation techniques designed to determine whether any spinal segments are motion restricted or fixated. The results of this initial physical evaluation will allow the health providers to determine whether or not further diagnostic testing will be required to find the location of any subluxations or detect variations in skin temperature indicative of the need for localized manual manipulation.
Manual manipulation, also known as spinal manipulation, involves the application of pressure to abnormally functioning vertebrae. The objective of this treatment is the reduction of subluxation, which should directly result in reduced pain and nerve irritability, an increased range of motion, and improvements in daily quality of living. Patients undergoing these adjustments sometimes report minor discomfort in the affected areas, but the vast majority of them also report an almost immediate relief of pain and associated symptoms.
It should be noted that, if the patient is not adequately relaxed or is suffering from significant muscle splinting, his or her care provider might also have to utilize other techniques such as massage, applying ice, or electrical stimulation prior to being able to attempt an adjustment. These manual manipulations are often accompanied by nutritional counseling and physical rehabilitation plans designed to teach patients exercises, stretches, and other techniques for further restoring function and preventing future injury.
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