Chiropractic is a health profession focused on treating spinal and musculoskeletal problems primarily through manual manipulation. A chiropractor does not prescribe medication, but relies on a variety of manual therapies, including spinal and extremity adjustment/manipulation and adjunctive therapies, to improve function and provide pain relief.
But chiropractic isn't just for back and neck pain. Chiropractic treatment can be used to treat a wide variety of physical issues, such as migraines and headaches, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, pain due to injury or muscle strain, and much more.
Chiropractic doctors go through a minimum of four years of schooling at a chiropractic college, generally preceded by an undergraduate degree in the basic sciences or several years of experience in a prior relevant health care field.
Students of chiropractic care must spend a minimum of at least 4,200 hours with their teacher, and a minimum of 1,000 hours of fully supervised clinical training with an instructor as they learn the appropriate diagnosis and treatment techniques to help heal your body and restore it to its natural, fully functioning state.
Yes! Chiropractic is very safe. After surveying 19,700 patients, researchers from the prestigious Spine Journal concluded the risk of having a serious adverse event after a chiropractic adjustment was slim to none.*
As with any branch of the medical field, new scientific evidence and bio-mechanical discoveries have led to safer, more effective forms of manipulation.
* October 2007 - Vol 32 - Issue 21 - pp 2375-2378
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Yes! There are many insurances that have recognized the benefits of chiropractic and massage.
Even if your plan does not specifically cover Chiropractic Services - it is often covered under "Alternative Care" or your Physical Therapy benefits.
If you are unsure about what your plan covers, feel free to give us a call and we can check for you.
The word “Chiropractic” is derived from the Greek words “cheir” (hand) and “praktos” (done) combined to mean “done by hand.” It was chosen by the developer of chiropractic care, Daniel David Palmer. In 1895, D.D. Palmer performed a chiropractic adjustment on a partially deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard, who later reported that his hearing had improved due to the change.
D.D. Palmer opened the first chiropractic school two years later, and in the century since, chiropractic professionals have used spinal adjustments to help people prevent and cope with back pain, carpal tunnel, muscle strain, headaches and migraines, and a variety of other physical ailments. Millions of people benefit from the work of Dr. Palmer today.
More Americans are turning to therapeutic massage for relief from injuries and certain chronic and acute conditions. Not only does massage help deal with the stress of daily life, it helps to maintain good health. A number of research studies show massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases endorphins (enhancing medical treatment). Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
-Thomas A. Edison