Understanding Chiropractic Care

By Sara Butler

You may be someone who has seen a chiropractor for most, if not all, of your life. Or you might be someone who has never seen a chiropractor before but are now considering it. If you’re in the latter category, you are not alone. Many people don’t see a chiropractor until adulthood – but rest assured, it’s never too late. If you’re new to chiropractic and have questions, here’s a short primer to get you acquainted with chiropractic!

Chiropractic: What is it?

Chiropractic care is based on how your spine interacts with your whole body. It’s healthcare designed to address problems with these interactions and treat them naturally, without invasive procedures or drugs. The emphasis of chiropractic is for your body to work at its best, healing itself.

Is a Chiropractor a Doctor?

Chiropractors are Doctors of Chiropractic. This means they aren’t medical doctors, but they do go through similar education programs to get their degree. They also must be licensed in order to practice as a chiropractor. Education requirements for chiropractors are often among the most stringent of health care professionals, and in certain areas, they have more clinical hours than medical doctors.

What Kinds of Things Do Chiropractors Treat?

Most people think of the spine when they think of a chiropractor, but chiropractic care encompasses a lot more. Chiropractors can also treat headaches, sports injuries, muscle disorders and many other ailments. Chiropractors look at your health as a bigger picture and want you to be as healthy as you can be.

What Happens During a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Your chiropractor uses hands-on techniques to adjust the joints of your spine. They are trained to exert a specific amount of force in a specific direction to your spine in order to make sure the structures are aligned properly. It’s natural and it’s been proven in many studies over many years to be safe and effective too. Chiropractic adjustments help to improve your overall health and wellness, and in most cases can reduce the pain you’ve been experiencing.

Are All Patients Treated the Same?

Chiropractic is not a one size fits all philosophy. Every patient is seen as an individual person with individual needs. That means that every treatment plan is tailored to the individual in order to address their conditions or needs.

If you ever have any more questions about chiropractic, your chiropractor loves to answer questions and educate you. Just come into The Joint and ask!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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