Did you know that about 22 million American visit chiropractors annually? Out of these, about 35 percent or 7.7 million visit the chiropractors seeking relief from back pain caused by muscle strains, accidents, sports injuries and various other reasons. Chiropractors also treat pain in neck, legs, arms and headaches.
Chiropractic treatment is based on the theory that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, the spine in particular, enables the body to heal itself without the need of medication or surgery. Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments to restore mobility to joints which were restricted either due to repetitive stress, or tissue injury due to a traumatic event.
While sometimes used in combination with conventional treatments, chiropractic is mostly used as an alternative treatment for pain relief in joints, muscles, bone and connective tissue such as cartilage, ligaments and tendons.
Chiropractic treatment pertains to one or more manual adjustment where the joints are manipulated by the doctor using a controlled, sudden force aimed at improving range and quality of motion. The goal of the chiropractor is to not only provide back pain relief, but also restore function of joints and prevent future injury. Hence, many chiropractors now include nutritional counseling and exercise/rehabilitation in their treatment plan.
Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care used in treatment of acute lower back pain is generally considered safe and effective. Research has also shown chiropractic care to be effective in treatment of headaches, neck pain, and even provide some relief for patients suffering from fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis.
Identified by the initials “DC”, a chiropractor needs to undergo various training in order to obtain a license which includes an undergraduate degree plus four years of chiropractic college.
The chiropractic treatment not simply adjusting your joints, but it is based on the careful diagnosis of your back pain, taking into consideration your medical history, current medications, ongoing medical conditions, traumatic or surgical history and even your lifestyle factors.
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