In a nutshell, chiropractic care is recognized around the world as one of the safest, non-invasive, drug free therapies currently available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal (the interaction of nerves, muscles, and the skeleton) problems. Practitioners of chiropractic medicine are highly trained professionals who are able to provide their patients with safe, effective care of a variety of conditions. In fact, their extensive education has prepared them with the ability to identify specific risk factors amongst their patients which, in turn, allows for each patient to get the care that’s most appropriate for them, be it chiropractic or through a referral to a medical specialist.
Chiropractic care isn’t just for adults, either – children can benefit from this form of treatment as well. Because of the fact that children are so very active, they tend to experience injuries quite frequently. Be it on the playground, in the pool, or on the soccer field, injuries resulting in back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness, and discomfort are common. Because of the fact that chiropractic care is always adapted to meet the specific needs of each patient, you can be assured that the treatment your child would receive is not only gentle, but also designed especially for them.
What Is An Adjustment, Anyway?
A chiropractic adjustment is a procedure that utilizes the skills your practitioner has perfected through years of intensive education. Typically the chiropractor will use his/her hands (or, occasionally, an instrument) to manipulate the joints of the body – particularly the spine – to restore and/or enhance joint function. This can help to reduce pain and inflammation and patients often verbalize positive changes in the way that they feel almost immediately after a session; these types of manipulations are highly controlled procedures that rarely cause discomfort.
Can a Chiropractor Treat My Condition?
As mentioned previously, chiropractic practitioners possess the ability to care for patients of all ages, and for patients with a wide variety of health issues. Chiropractors are most often associated with neck and back related issues, but the fact of the matter is that today’s chiropractors are able to care for a multitude of conditions.
Doctors of chiropractic medicine are able to care for a wide range of injuries – and disorders – of the musculoskeletal system (including the muscles, ligaments, and joints). These type of painful conditions often times either impact or involve the nervous system, too, creating issues with referred pain and problems in other areas of the body. Doctors of Chiropractic medicine also work with their patients on other areas of their health as well, including nutrition, exercise, diet, maintaining healthy habits, and lifestyle modification strategies.
How Long Do I Have to See a Chiropractor?
Patients typically visit a chiropractor a number of times for the treatment of a specific condition – this is due to the “hands on” nature of the care. This is due to the fact that, to receive care, a patient MUST be seen in the office until the condition is remedied, verses seeing a traditional provider one time and then being sent home with a course of medication. Chiropractors are able to provide acute, chronic, and/or preventative care, which makes them the perfect choice for a substantial portion of your healthcare needs.
If you feel that chiropractic care is something that may benefit you – or even if you’re not sure and have questions – give us a call! Those of us at Fletcher Chiropractic are committed to providing our patients with the top-notch care – and information – that they deserve!