What is Chiropractic Care?
By Rebecca Waldron
Chiropractic care is performed by a D.C., doctor of chiropractic, more commonly known as a chiropractor. About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. After walking into The Joint Chiropractic, you will be greeted by friendly staff and will see the chiropractor without an appointment, even on weekends! On your first visit to The Joint, you'll need to fill out some paperwork that includes information about your health background. The chiropractor will ask a few questions to determine if you need an adjustment, and answer any questions as well. Although the first visit might take 20-30 minutes, subsequent visits should take half that, easily.
The central portion of your visit is the adjustment. The intent of the adjustment is to help increase joint motion, recover nerve function, and aid in decreasing pain, thereby allowing the body to heal naturally without medication or surgery. The chiropractor has a unique table made specifically for adjustments, and is comfortable. Wherever you have pain or discomfort, the chiropractor will then gently move and manipulate specific areas so that the pain decreases. It’s safe, and there's no need to worry.
Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and well trusted in their field. Although most people associate chiropractic with back and neck pain, chiropractors adjust restrictions in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, ankles and ribs. Often, an adjustment of the spine can impact maladies elsewhere in the body because the spine encases the central nervous system, which controls every body function.
The chiropractor will be able to use these adjustments to align the spine, or other joints, facilitating the healing process and making it easier and more efficient. Most patients feel relief from pain after their adjustment is complete. The Joint Chiropractic will treat you like an extended family member and get to know you; they are there to help you feel better and heal naturally. An adjustment is tailored for each individual patient for their particular needs.
The Popping Noise
Many people experience a popping or clicking noise during their adjustments. Don’t let that worry you. It’s completely natural as gases are released from the joints. This alleviates undue pressure on the joints, making mobility easier. So, if you hear the popping noise, you’ll know it’s working! But be warned: not hearing a popping sound is perfectly normal, too.
If for some reason your chiropractor feels that your condition needs further testing, you will be referred to an appropriate facility to receive X-rays, for example. This helps the chiropractor get a well-rounded view of any major developments in your condition. All treatment is based on an accurate diagnosis of your pain. The chiropractor should be well informed regarding your medical history, including ongoing medical conditions, current medications, traumatic/surgical history, and lifestyle factors.
If you are suffering from low back pain, neck pain, or other ailments, go to The Joint Chiropractic today and start down the path to wellness.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.