Chiropractic care has brought relief to many patients suffering from a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Chiropractors believe one of the main causes of neck and back pain is when the bones in the spine (vertebrae) are not correctly aligned (i.e. a subluxation). Chiropractors treat these subluxations (neck and/or back pain) by a combination of techniques including applied pressure, massage, and manual manipulation of the vertebrae and joints (called adjustments). Using these techniques, chiropractors are often able to relieve pressure and irritation on the nerves and restore joint mobility.
Records show that manipulation of the spine can be traced back to the time of Hippocrates.
Chiropractors are trained in a variety of adjustment techniques. Some are done by hand; some require the use of specialized instruments. Since each patient is different, your chiropractor will choose the best technique for your condition. However, feel free to ask the chiropractor which technique he or she will be doing and how it will be done.
It is important to note that chiropractic physicians do not utilize drugs or surgery in their practice. However, there are times when a chiropractor will recommend that the patient consult another practitioner if these or other methods of treatment are indicated.
Chiropractic is the fastest-growing and second-largest primary health care profession. There are approximately 60,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in active practice in the United States spread from rural areas to inner cities. More than 10,000 students are currently enrolled in chiropractic educational programs accredited by a federally-recognized body (CCE).
Chiropractors are in high demand. Tens of millions of Americans routinely opt for chiropractic services and this number is rapidly growing. In 1993, more than 30 million consumers made chiropractic a regular part of their health care program.
Doctors of Chiropractic receive extensive, demanding professional education on par with medical doctors (MDs) and osteopaths (DOs). To receive the doctor of chiropractic degree, candidates must complete extensive undergraduate prerequisites and four years of graduate-level instruction and internship at an accredited chiropractic institution. Comprehensive knowledge of all systems of the body and diagnostic procedures enable the DC to thoroughly evaluate a patient, address disorders relating to the spine and determine the need for referral to another health care provider.
Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers. According to the Center for Studies in Health Policy, "The DC can provide all three levels of primary care interventions and therefore is a primary care provider, as are MDs and DOs. The doctor of chiropractic is a gatekeeper to the health care system and an independent practitioner who provides primary care services. The DC's office is a direct access portal of entry to the full scope of service."
We treat patients suffering from neck pain and/or back pain associated with auto and work injuries as well as patients suffering with bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and facet syndrome.
CHIROPRACTIC VS. MEDICINE
In a recently published Randomized Control Trial (the gold standard of study design) chiropractic adjustments were put up against medical treatment for acute low back pain. One group was assigned to receiving chiropractic adjustments, and the other received usual medical treatment. Chiropractors were actually adjusting peoples' spines in a hospital! The medical treatment included the use of NSAIDs (pain killers), physiotherapy, massage, kinesiology and advice from a medical doctor.
After 16 weeks, the group receiving a variety of medical treatments were still taking drugs for their back pain, while the chiropractic group was improving in both pain and functionality.
Over and over again, chiropractic adjustments are being shown to be superior to medical treatment for low back and neck pain. The science is clear.
Who do you know who is still taking pain killers for back pain, while increasing their risk of other life-threatening conditions in the process? Who do you know who needs safe and effective chiropractic care?