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Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in About Chiropractic | 0 comments

Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic

  What is Chiropractic Care? Chiropractic care is a natural method of health care that focuses on correcting the causes of physical problems from subluxations or misalignments of the bones in the body, especially the spine. Chiropractic is the kind of health care that is holistic, which improves people’s lives by optimizing the functioning of the nervous system, so the body is able to function better.   Every cell in the body is controlled by the nervous system, including taste, touch, smell, hormones flowing, heart beating, food digesting, everything! Chiropractic does not just treat symptoms or problems, but allows for a healthy nervous system, so the body functions better.     How Does Chiropractic Work? A healthy nervous system has the ability to resist disease and ill health. Chiropractic restores the body’s ability to have a healthy nervous system, thereby increasing the body’s immunity and resistance to illnesses. Chiropractors are able to determine and remove blocks to the nervous system. They locate subluxations or misaligned vertebrae, and adjust them to remove any interferences that might be impairing the nervous system. Improving the functions of the spine will improve the nervous system. With a healthy nervous system, the body will be able to heal itself and operate maximally.     What Type of Education Do Chiropractic Doctors Receive? Doctors of Chiropractic attend rigorous schooling. Pre-chiropractic and pre-medical students have the same requirements as undergraduate students, but chiropractic students move on to chiropractic colleges to further specialize in diagnosis, chiropractic knowledge, and chiropractic adjustment skills. Medical students concentrate on diagnosis, drug prescription, and surgery. They do not correct vertebral subluxations and are not taught what they are nor how they can damage the body’s health. Before being allowed to practice, a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) must pass National Board Examinations, and then must pass governmental or professional licensing boards. Chiropractors must continue their education regularly for license renewal and  to remain current on the latest research, therapies, and adjustment techniques. Read More     What is a Chiropractic Adjustment? A chiropratic adjustment is the precise movement of a joint to restore spinal and nervous system health. Chiropractors adjust with their hands, body, or using special instruments. Adjustments are made using a precise amount of force in a specific direction. Chiropractic adjustments are safe, and improves the nervous system and overall health.     What Causes the Popping Sound During an Adjustment? Snap, crackle, pop?! Though many people hear a sound during the adjustment, the sound is not necessarily an indication that an adjustment has taken place. Some adjustments do not have a sound. When there is a sound, it is the result of gas moving into a space when the joints being moved become separated during the adjustment. It is painless and harmless.     Is Chiropractic Safe? Yes, chiropractic is known to be a very safe for people of all ages including newborns and the elderly. Chiropractic care is natural, non-surgical and drug-free. Chiropractic has a very high safety record, especially when compared to other medical fields.     Is Chiropractic Safe for Children? Should Children get Adjusted? Chiropractic care is safe and healthy for newborns and children of all ages. New born babies can benefit from chiropractic care and craniosacral therapy due to the significant spinal trauma they experience at birth.  Chiropractic...

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Chiropractic Stories

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in About Chiropractic | 0 comments

Chiropractic Stories

I’ve been going to a Chiropractor ever since I was a little girl. If it wasn’t for a Chiropractor my mother would be in bad shape. I think my Chiropractic Doctor is wonderful, he enjoys helping people. I was recently in a car accident in which I hurt my neck, back and left hip. After one visit my hip was not hurting. Now we are working on the neck and back. Chiropractors are great, especially if you have back or neck problems. I am very thankful for my Chiropractor and his associates.   Tonya Collier, Birmingham, Alabama   I started chiropractic two years ago. I had daily hip and back pain. After only two or three adjustments the hip pain was forgotten about. X-rays showed how off my hips were, crooked my spine was and that my neck curve was almost straight. My last x-ray showed straight hips and the back almost correct. My head still tips to the left but we’re working on that. My neck curve is almost where it should be. Without the help of my chiropractor I don’t know where I’d be right now. Probably popping pills that would hide the pain but not fix it.   Charlotte Kiskaden, Wilmington, North Carolina     Hello, I am an RN with 20 years experience in various fields of nursing practice. My training and general observations of physicians’ attitudes towards the field of Chiropractic as a whole has been full of “Warnings and Avoidance”. The mere mention of the suggestion that a patient might benefit from “the other kind of doctor” was taboo. The implied attitude was that “these doctors practice voodoo-like treatments”. I must say boldly, after being a full time participant in traditional medicine for twenty years, the “voodoo curse” has struck traditional medicine. It is controlled by “toxic and poisonous” outrageously priced drugs and drug companies and ridiculous regulations that care for the “whole stack of papers” instead of the “whole patient”. Many times I wondered if anyone would even miss the patient if he disappeared completely from his hospital bed. The inspector type people could give an excellent rating to the “whole Paper” but the “whole patient” was lying in his bed ill, without comfort, without understanding of what might have been done to him, and most of all without well being. He did receive the highest level of a bill for the lowest level of caring that this nation has ever bestowed upon those pleading for quality medical care! He and his insurance paid so much more for so much less! AS I returned home every day from a painful 12 hour shift, the pain was in the pit of my stomach and in my heart and soul, I ask myself where is the place where the sick are comforted? It has surely been ripped from our medical system and has been replaced with devastation. I used to joke saying “tie me to a railroad track when I’m sick instead of the hospital bed I’ll be safer,” knowing all too well the risks of staffing deficiencies and sending people out of ICU or even the hospital all too soon, and too sick. I could go on and on with personally observed horror stories, but anyone who has been a patient recently has their own to tell. I’ve recently turned my back on all those warnings and have begun treatment with a “Real Doctor”, a Doctor of Chiropractic. There I am a real patient, a real “whole person” again. IN a few weeks of treatment I have found a well being that 10 years of traditional physician specialist and psychologist treatments have not even touched upon. Now I know the answer to the question I carried home every day in the pit of my stomach after an empty days work. Where is...

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How Does Chiropractic Work?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in About Chiropractic | 0 comments

How Does Chiropractic Work?

  Chiropractic Care Chiropractic care is a natural method of health care that focuses on correcting the causes of physical problems from subluxations or misalignments of the bones in the body, especially the spine. Chiropractic is the kind of health care that is holistic, which improves people’s lives by optimizing the functioning of the nervous system, so the body is able to function better.   Every cell in the body is controlled by the nervous system, including taste, touch, smell, hormones flowing, heart beating, food digesting, everything! Chiropractic does not just treat symptoms or problems, but allows for a healthy nervous system, so the body functions better. A healthy nervous system has the ability to resist disease and ill health. Chiropractic restores the body’s ability to have a healthy nervous system, thereby increasing the body’s immunity and resistance to illnesses.   What is Chiropractic? Chiropractors or Doctors of Chiropractic are able to determine and remove blocks to the nervous system. They locate subluxations or misaligned vertebrae, and adjust them to remove any interferences that might be impairing the nervous system. Improving the functions of the spine will improve the nervous system. With a healthy nervous system, the body will be able to heal itself and operate maximally. Chiropractic Adjustments   A chiropratic adjustment is the precise movement of a joint to restore spinal and nervous system health. Chiropractors adjust with their hands, body, or using special instruments. Adjustments are made using a precise force in a specific direction. Chiropractic adjustments are safe, and improves the nervous system and overall health....

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Your First Chiropractic Visit

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in About Chiropractic, Featured Articles | 0 comments

Your First Chiropractic Visit

Most people visit a chiropractor only when they are suffering from intolerable pain and injury. What people may not realize, is that a chiropractor not only treats the obvious symptoms, but also the unnoticed problems. Some people may have lived their whole lives enduring a slight headache or back pain every now and then. They think it’s normal, take some pain relievers, and go on with their daily activities.   What they don’t realize is that, in some ways, the slight headache affects their performance at work, and even their emotional state.   What to Expect on Your First Chiropractic Visit Getting regular chiropractic care will help your body get a full system recovery, and will immensely improve your life. But before you  become a chiropractic care regular, you must have your first visit to a chiropractor. All great journeys starts with that one little step.   So as your first step to chiropractic recovery, what should you expect on your first visit to a chiropractor?   What to Wear During a Chiropractic Visit Though there is no required dress code for visiting a chiropractor, it’s always better to wear comfortable clothes, so as to avoid unnecessary discomfort for you and your chiropractor during your physical tests and examination. For instance, if you have a knee or leg injury, don’t wear a mini-skirt, because you will have to raise and/or bend your knees or legs. Don’t give yourself any reason to feel awkward during your examination, because it might interfere with the chiropractor being able to do a proper examination. Some chiropractors gown their patient and drape as necessary which makes the above not an issue, but you might feel uncomfortable in a patient gown if you happen to not be wearing any undergarments.   Personal Information and Medical History on Your First Chiropractic Visit You will be asked to fill out your personal and insurance information on the patient intake forms. You will be asked about the nature of your visit, and your health history, including the doctors you have seen for your current condition prior to your visit. You will also have to fill out a survey type form, asking more specific questions about your condition, as well as your daily activities, and your home and occupational settings. This information about your current and past conditions will better enable the chiropractic doctor to evaluate and determine the possible cause of your condition, thus arriving to a better selection of what chiropractic method to use.   A Physical Exam During a Chiropractic Visit The physical exam is a thorough process wherein your vital signs, such as pulse and breathing rates, blood pressure, etc., will be checked. Your reflexes will be evaluated. Orthopedic and neurological tests will be conducted. The muscle tone, strength, and range of motion of the affected area will be tested. You might also be asked to execute specific movements to determine how well your body performs.   Diagnostic Testing and Development on Your Chiropractic Visit When all the gathered information, including your physical exam have been evaluated, your chiropractor will discuss with you her/his diagnosis of your condition, and treatment recommendations. Depending on the examination, you may need to undergo an x-ray exam, MRI, and/or some laboratory tests. You may be recommended to make a follow-up appointment. The severity of your condition and...

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History of Chiropractic

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in About Chiropractic | 0 comments

History of Chiropractic

D.D. Palmer, the Father of Modern Chiropractic   The history of chiropractic care dates back over 5,000 years ago to ancient China and Greece. The manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain has been going on long before it became a profession.     In 1895, the practice of spinal manipulation started in the United States when Daniel David Palmer, more commonly known as D.D. Palmer, discovered that a slight misalignment of the vertebrae alters its nerve flow, thus causing 95% of all diseases; the rest is caused by dislocated joints apart from the vertebral column.   The True Cause of Diseases – Palmer’s Chiropractic Theory Palmer had an interest in health philosophies and finding the true causes of diseases. He practiced Magnetic Healing, a cross between massage and meridian therapy, which is based on the concepts of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He gained knowledge from reading medical journals and worldwide developments in anatomy and physiology.   Palmer discovered the theory of spinal misalignments being the root of most diseases, when he met the building’s janitor, Harvey Lillard, who had been deaf for 17 years. He speculated that Lillard’s hearing impairment was related to the lump in his back. After applying a firm pressure to Lillard’s spine with his hands, Lillard regained his hearing.   The Palmer School of Chiropractic Originally, Palmer intended to keep his discovery as a family secret, but a year later, he decided to open a school and spread his method. The word chiropractic was created by Rev. Samuel Weed, a friend and patient to DD Palmer. He combined the Greek words “cheiro” (hand) and “praktikos” (done), creating chiropractic, which means “done by hand”.   In 1897, Palmer founded a chiropractic school in Davenport, Iowa, and it is still one of the most prominent chiropractic colleges in the US today. In 1904, the school graduated 15 chiropractors with, Palmer’s son, Bartlett Joshua “B.J.” Palmer being one of them. Two years later, Palmer and his son were prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license. He sold his school to his son, who was president of the school since 1904. The school was then named  Palmer School of Chiropractic.   For more information about the History of Chiropractic, see this blog.      Article written by Pearl Tripoli, Writer...

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Chiropractic Techniques

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in About Chiropractic, Featured Articles | 0 comments

Chiropractic Techniques

The chiropractic spinal adjustment is the predominant technique used by chiropractors. To find subluxations in specific areas of dysfunction, chiropractors use touch or palpation, active motion consisting of stretching and bending, and passive movement. Using a Physical Maneuver, the chiropractor will stretch a specific joint gently, right beyond the normal range of motion.   The Chiropractic Physical Maneuver Sometimes, this adjustment will create an audible and painless click. The sound is a result of gas moving rapidly into the space between the joints that were moved from the chiropractic adjustment. Regardless of whether or not a sound is heard, the adjustment has taken place. Patients usually feel immediate pain relief and an increased range of motion. Any soreness from the adjustment should end instantly.   The Chiropractic Nonforce Technique Another technique used by some chiropractors is the Nonforce Technique, which uses gentle touches along the spine, skull, and pelvis. No physical maneuver is used and no audible clicks are heard, though the adjustment has taken place.   The Activator An Activator ™ is a small, hand held instrument used to make an adjustment. It has a rubber tip which comes into contact with subluxations. A precise amount of force is applied to the subluxation by the instrument when the chiropractor fires the Activator. This method is quick and virtually painless.   Applied Kinesiology Applied Kinesiology uses techniques to balance and stabilize opposing muscles attached to the subluxations. This technique does not adjust misalignments, but rehabilitates the muscles attached to the misalignments, thereby increasing the effectiveness of the adjustments.   Network Chiropractic Network Chiropractic is a newer technique combining several techniques with the sequence of adjustments. Clinical findings determine the specific amount and type of force in the adjustments.   Chiropractic Techniques – Mixers or Straight Chiropractors There are two types of chiropractic doctors, mixers and straight chiropractors. Mixers use various techniques and therapies  in addition to adjustments, such as heat, cold, massage, nutrition, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation. They usually counsel patients on lifestyle changes to promote wellness and prevent illness and disease. Straight chiropractors primarily work with optimizing the nervous system to normal function, so the conditions, problems, or illnesses will repair themselves with a healthy working nervous system.   Though there are many techniques used in chiropractic, and they all work to achieve the same result. A healthy functioning nervous system allows the body to repair itself and gives patients back the gift of vibrancy. Article written by Lisa Chau, M.Sc., writer for...

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What Conditions do Chiropractors Treat?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in About Chiropractic, Conditions, Featured Articles | 0 comments

What Conditions do Chiropractors Treat?

Chiropractors commonly treat a wide variety of conditions and injuries. Most chiropractic patients understand that chiropractors can relieve pain, and regular chiropractic care will prevent pain, further injuries, and may stop or reverse many conditions. Millions of people suffer from back, neck, extremity (arms, legs) and other musculoskeletal pain, which are all effectively relieved by chiropractic care, without the need for medication.   Musculoskeletal Conditions Chiropractors are trained to identify and make referrals for conditions that should be treated by medical specialists, if need be. Common extremity complaints may include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee and ankle pain, and sports injuries. Headaches, migraines Upper, mid, lower back pain & stiffness Neck pain & stiffness Pinched nerves, muscle spasms Leg & arm pain, tingling, numbness, weakness Leg & arm joint pain or dysfunction Carpal or Tarsal tunnel syndrome     Conditions & Diseases In addition to back and neck pain, chiropractic is also very effective for treating medical conditions for people of all ages including babies and the elderly. Conditions such as allergies or chronic ear infections in children, are successfully treated by chiropractic. Many conditions are caused by subluxations (misalignments of spinal bones), which irritate or aggravate the nerves resulting in diseases or conditions. Chiropractic care can provide partial or full relief to many of these conditions:   Asthma Arthritis Bursitis Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Colic Ear infection Fertility issues Frequent colds, flus Gastrointestinal syndromes Intervertebral disc syndrome Loss of equilibrium Menstrual disorders Multiple Sclerosis Sciatica Scoliosis Tendonitis Thoracic outlet syndrome Respiratory infection       Injuries Many common injuries can also be effectively treated by chiropractic care. The most common injuries are automobile accidents, where the symptoms can be delayed by weeks or even months after the accident. Auto insurance often covers these injuries. Work place injuries including falls, lifting injuries, and others are also treatable by chiropractic. Many work places offer insurance to cover these types of injuries. Chiropractic works well with sport injuries, and chiropractors can often improve performance. Some common injuries treated by chiropractors include:   Auto accidents Chronic injuries Falling injuries Lifting injuries Sport injuries Whiplash Work-related injuries Please talk to your chiropractor for more information on how chiropractic care can help your  specific pain, condition, or injury. Many conditions are treatable naturally without the need for surgery or medication. Everyone deserves good health and a healthy nervous system!       Article written by Lisa Chau, M.Sc., writer for...

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About Chiropractic Care

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in About Chiropractic | 0 comments

About Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors, also known as doctors of chiropractic or chiropractic physicians, diagnose and treat patients whose health problems are associated with the body’s muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems, especially the spine. Interference with these systems impairs the body’s normal functions and lowers its resistance to disease. Spinal or vertebral dysfunction alters many important body functions by affecting the nervous system. Skeletal imbalance through joint or articular dysfunction, especially in the spine, can cause pain.   What is Chiropractic? The chiropractic approach to health care is holistic stressing overall health and wellness. It recognizes that many factors affect health, including exercise, diet, rest, environment, and heredity. Chiropractors provide natural, drugless, non-surgical health treatments and rely on the body’s inherent recuperative abilities. They also recommend changes in lifestyle—in eating, exercise, and sleeping habits, for example—to their patients. When appropriate, chiropractors consult with and refer patients to other health practitioners. Like other health practitioners, chiropractors follow a standard routine to secure the information they need for diagnosis and treatment. They take the patient’s medical history; conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations; and may order laboratory tests. X rays and other diagnostic images are important tools because of the chiropractor’s emphasis on the spine and its proper function. Chiropractors also employ a postural and spinal analysis common to chiropractic diagnosis. In many cases a patient’s difficulties can be traced to the involvement of musculoskeletal structures; usually spinal subluxations are at the root of the problem. Chiropractors adjust the spinal column to correct these subluxations. This helps to correct the structural and functional problems with the patients joints and nervous system. Some chiropractors use therapies and may also may apply supports such as straps, tapes, and braces. Chiropractors counsel patients about wellness concepts such as nutrition, exercise, changes in lifestyle, and stress management. Some chiropractors specialize in sports injuries, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, nutrition, internal disorders, or diagnostic imaging.   Chiropractic Holistic Health The chiropractic approach to health care is holistic stressing overall health and wellness. Chiropractic care recognizes that many factors affect health, including: exercise diet rest environment heredity   Chiropractors provide natural, drugless, non-surgical health treatments and rely on the body’s inherent recuperative abilities. They also recommend changes in lifestyle—in eating, exercise, and sleeping habits, for example—to their patients. When appropriate, chiropractors consult with and refer patients to other health practitioners.   Chiropractic Diagnosis & Treatment Like other health practitioners, chiropractors follow a standard routine to secure the information they need for diagnosis and treatment. They take the patient’s medical history; conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations. Chiropractors may order laboratory tests. X-rays and other diagnostic images are important tools because of the chiropractor’s emphasis on the spine and its proper function. Chiropractors also employ a postural and spinal analysis common to chiropractic diagnosis. In many cases a patient’s difficulties can be traced to the involvement of musculoskeletal structures; usually spinal subluxations are at the root of the problem. Chiropractors adjust the spinal column to correct these subluxations. This helps to correct the structural and functional problems with the patients joints and nervous system. Some chiropractors use therapies and may also may apply supports such as straps, tapes, and braces.   Chiropractors counsel patients about wellness concepts such as: nutrition exercise changes in lifestyle stress management   Some chiropractors specialize in: – sports injuries – neurology – orthopedics – pediatrics...

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