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Knowledge Base: Chiropractor
A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on affordable treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine. Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics and other therapies to treat back pain. Chiropractic is generally categorized as alternative medicine or complementary medicine. The best chiropractors focus on the intimate relationship between the nervous system and spine, and believe that Biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine can affect the nervous (neurology) system causing stress. For many conditions, chiropractic treatment can restore the structural integrity of the spine, reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue (nerve pain), and consequently improve the health of the individual. The cost for these specialized treatments is usually affordable, especially if you can find deals or coupons from local chiropractic directories. However, be wary of chiropractic groupon or Yelp special offers as the fine print usually has hidden fees for the best treatment. The treatment concept of a chiropractic office is to establish normal spinal mobility, which in turn alleviates the irritation to the spinal nerve and/or re-establishes altered reflexes due to injury or an accident.
Chiropractors use a variety of inexpensive non-surgical treatments to treat patients with certain types of:
- Allergies and Asthma
- Bedwetting for both adults and children
- Chronic ear infections
- Lower back pain and/or leg pain (sciatica) relief
- Neck pain and neck adjustments
- Repetitive strains and shoulder injuries
- Headaches (and migraines)
- Sciatica pain
- Scoliosis issues
- Sports injuries and herniated discs (including hiatal hernias)
- Painful slipped discs
- Car accident and auto injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cervical injuries
- Arthritis pain
- Aggressive pinched nerve
- Foot, ankle and knee pain
- Advanced spinal decompression therapy
- Chronic joint pain
- Vertigo and Whiplash issues
- Nutrition and wellness coaching
While primarily focusing on treating neuromusculoskeletal disorders, good chiropractors are not exclusively limited to problems with the nervous system, musculoskeletal system and even ADHD! They treat issues with spinal adjustments as well as chiropractic massage and sometimes even acupuncture using orthopedic options for pain management. Affordable family chiropractors are sometimes available 24 hours a day or during Saturday or Sunday hours for emergency treatments. However, most urgent emergency adjustments are not covered by insurance. Most offices and service prices can be steep for treatment or therapy (especially in popular areas like downtown) but the benefits usually outweigh the cost. Some offices allow walk in appointments but it is best to call ahead. Although chiropractors used to accept medicaid, more practices are turning away these types of patients.
When appropriate, chiropractors refer patients to medical doctors or other health practitioners for treatment of lower back pain or physical therapy.
Many chiropractors have a local referral network or work together with other spine specialists in a multi-disciplinary or multi-specialty spine clinic. Some doctors will also work with lawyers during personal injury and workers compensation cases. Some top chiropractic centers may specialize in treating animals (veterinary) and pets such as dogs (or canines), cats (feline) and horses (equine).
Chiropractors use hands on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments. The theory is that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal system (particularly the spine) will enable the body to heal itself without surgery and medication. Experienced manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury which is caused by a traumatic event such as falling (or repetitive stress) such as sitting without proper back support.
Chiropractic treatment is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.
The initials “DC” identify a chiropractor, whose education typically includes an undergraduate degree plus four years of chiropractic college.
Other types of specific chiropractors include baby and infant (pediatric) chiropractors, holistic and even pregnancy prenatal chiropractors. You can even find a female chiropractor if you prefer (as some women are more comfortable with the female touch) or a black chiropractor in your city. Some directories even allow more detailed and specific searches, such as for gonstead, holistic, japanese, upper cervical or gay chiropractors in your area. If you can’t leave your home some specialist chiropractors will make house calls (you can also just Google mobile chiropractors in as well). Chiropractic therapy is not cheap, which is why finding the best affordable experienced chiropractor with great reviews and ratings can be hard to do! Check out our list of recommended chiropractors in your area to get your body back on track!