What Do Chiropractors Do, and What Do They Treat?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain and pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat subluxations (Commonly called mis-alignments) of the spinal column. These subluxations are known to cause interruptions in the nervous system and eventually send irregular signals to muscles, bones, and joints. Our goal is to deliver safe, effective adjustments by hand to help restore the joints and kick on the nervous flow. This allows proper function, bio mechanics, posture, and reduced pain to the body.
Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?
Yes, chiropractic treatment is safe and effective. While any form of health treatment contains a degree of inherent risk, there is little danger in chiropractic care when administered by a licensed practitioner. To assure competency, all states require that DCs be board-qualified, licensed, and regulated according to stringent criteria. Statistics show that patient risk is substantially lower for chiropractic because the use of prescription drugs and surgery are not used.
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Are Chiropractic Treatments Effective?
Scientific evidence proving that the chiropractic care works is overwhelming. Over the past 20 years, many controlled and independent research studies have shown again and again that chiropractic care is safe and effective for treating low back pain, neck pain, headaches and other conditions relating to the spine and its extremities. Based on these scientific studies, the consensus is that chiropractic care is the treatment of choice for most spinal problems.
Does Chiropractic Treatment Require a Referral From an MD?
No, a patient does not need referral by an MD before visiting our doctors of chiropractic. Chiropractors are first contact physicians, and are so defined in federal and state regulations. Following a consultation and examination, the doctor of chiropractic will arrive at a diagnosis under chiropractic care, or refer the patient to the appropriate health care provider.
Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care?
Our Office Accepts all Major Insurances and we are in Network/Contract with all PPO , Medicare, and HMO including Kaiser. We always prefer to Pre-Verify Benefits on ALL Patients prior to starting their care. You can always call our office to have you benefits verified.
What is the Philosophy Behind Chiropractic?
Doctors of chiropractic believe in a holistic (“total person”) approach to healing, which typifies the new and changing attitude towards health. It is based on the concept of “maintaining health” versus “treating disease.” We like to find the root cause of the problem and develop a treatment plan to solve the problem with proper education to the patient, chiropractic care, physiotherapy, and routine stretching and rehabilitation. This allows for proper healing and long lasting results.
Is Chiropractic Appropriate for Children?
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle. More info can be found at: icpa4kids.org/
What Kind of Education and Training Do Chiropractors Have?
Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training. In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.