Chiropractic treatments work to treat neuro-musculoskeletal problems. These can include back and neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, as well as headaches. Treatments can also focus on the effects that these disorders have on your general health. A Chiropractor is a healthcare professional trained to provide chiropractic treatments. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) employ a hands-on, non-medicated approach to health care. Common practices include patient exams, along with diagnosis and treatment of any issue or disorder within the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic providers have a wide range of diagnostic skills. They are also trained to advise on therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, nutritional information, and dietary and lifestyle counseling. Chiropractors can evaluate your needs via clinical examinations, lab tests, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic methods to establish if and when chiropractic treatments are appropriate. In most cases, when seeing a Chiropractor, the pain or discomfort you want to be treated can be relieved from chiropractic treatment alone. If it is discovered that your pain is the symptom of a larger medical issue, your provider will probably suggest a treatment to help alleviate the symptoms. Then they will refer you to a health provider that can work to treat the underlying cause. If it’s determined that chiropractic treatment will not provide any options for your condition, your Chiropractor will be able to refer you to the appropriate healthcare provider. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree, their education and training is completed through a four-year doctoral graduate school program. After this, they are required to pass a national board exam prior to obtaining a license to practice. These licenses must be updated annually through Continuing Education credits from state-approved Continuing Education programs.

Spinal Manipulation
Probably the most well-known chiropractic procedure provided by Chiropractors is the spinal manipulation treatment, also known popularly as an “adjustment.” The purpose of this treatment is to reestablish mobility to joints by physically applying controlled force to a joint that has lost mobility due to a tissue injury. Tissue injuries are most commonly cause 2 ways, a traumatic event or repetitive stress. A single traumatic event can be as simple as lifting something too heavy the wrong way, or as involved as a car accident. Repetitive stress injuries are especially prevalent in office workers that don’t use proper posture while working at their desks, and industry workers that are required to make frequent and repetitive body movements. Adjustments applied to the affected joints and tissue will restore your mobility, alleviate the pain and muscle tightness, and allow your tissues to heal. While chiropractic adjustments are seldom painful or uncomfortable, because the tissues are being manipulated, there may be some soreness or aching after the treatment. This type of soreness is similar to the discomfort felt after exercise, playing a sport or other physical activity. And, like those, it usually eases in 1-2 days. Overall, chiropractic treatments are an excellent, non evasive and drug-free way to treat common pain and discomfort from day to day work exercise and other activities.

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