What is a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body's musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication.
What do I need to wear?
When you visit a chiropractor for an adjustment, your clothes should not restrict movement. You need to be able to lie down in them and move easily. Loose clothing makes this simpler. You can wear comfortable running shorts, yoga pants or leggings with a loose top or shirt.
How often should you go to the chiropractor?
Chiropractors can often treat common back and neck pain in a few sessions, sometimes with once-a-week visits. It may take longer or more frequent visits, however, depending on your individual condition, underlying factors that are stressing your body and length of symptoms.
How often should you get chiropractic adjustment?
Often, a chiropractor will suggest regular treatments for three or four weeks at a time, visiting up to three times per week during that time period, or more, if your condition requires it.
Do I have to be referred by a doctor?
No, Chiropractors can assess and treat without referral by a doctor. However most health insurers require a doctors referral before they authorize cover of fees, some only require a phone call.
In short, yes. Chiropractic care for pain can be a non-invasive treatment option for any of the above injuries. There have been numerous studies that indicate that chiropractic care is a great way to approach many different pain conditions.
Neck pain and back pain are the two pain conditions best served by chiropractic care, especially when combined with other treatments.
One study found rapid improvement of neck pain over physical therapy, medications, and surgery alone. This study is notable for its size and the scientific validity of its approach. Another study looked at successful treatments over a year and found that chiropractic care worked better than physiotherapy and general practitioner care.
For lower back pain, the most common pain condition addressed with chiropractic care, there are many different studies that indicate that it works. One study that focused on military veterans found that chiropractic care decreased pain and improved function better that traditional treatments of lower back pain alone.
Another study found that those patients who used chiropractic care for pain had a 90% reduction in pain over four weeks, much higher than traditional medical care (56%).
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Chiropractic care is safe, effective, and generally free of side effects. In fact, recent studies have shown that patients with back pain have a higher chance of more serious side effects (including gastrointestinal bleeding) when taking over-the-counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen.
As Mayo Clinic notes: “Chiropractic adjustment is safe when it’s performed by someone trained and licensed to deliver chiropractic care.” It’s important to find a chiropractor near you who is appropriately-trained and comes with great credentials. We discuss how to find that chiropractor in a later section in this post.
There has been some concern over the technique of high-velocity neck manipulation and its connection to a certain type of stroke, but research has since proven that this stroke is more often connected to an activity that occurred prior to the patient seeking chiropractic treatment. Injury to the vertebral artery as a direct result of high-velocity neck manipulation is extraordinarily rare, occurring in only one case out of every 5.85 million manipulations. Because of this, however, it’s generally recommended that patients with an increased risk of stroke or severe osteoporosis avoid chiropractic care.
A chiropractor can treat a wide variety of conditions, but to begin, chiropractors will evaluate the patient based on a variety of factors that include family history, current activity, the nature of the injury and its interactions with other previous injuries, and the amount of support a patient needs. This gives chiropractors a better idea of how to proceed.
From there, chiropractors can help relieve pain due to the following conditions
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