Chiropractors: Training and Treatment
Chiropractors are doctors who can diagnose and treat a wide variety of condition, specifically those that include symptoms of neck and back pain, restricted movement in the joints and muscular problems. Their treatments include massage, manipulation and spinal decompression, amongst others.
To help you understand what a chiropractor does, first let us take a look at how we are made. The spine is the focal point of most, if not all chiropractic treatment. It is formed out of 33 separate bones, in a single column. Between each of the bones is a cushion made up of a gel like substance; this helps with flexibility and mobility. Unfortunately, as we age, this gel gradually hardens, reducing flexibility and increasing the likelihood of pain. One of the chiropractor's jobs is to keep these bones in a straight line with each other, known as alignment.
Through certain techniques the chiropractor can help to alleviate the problems and pain associated with a number of conditions. Herniated discs, spinal misalignment and nerve problems are just three. Virtually all of our nerves, muscles and joints are related to the spine in some way or other and problems with the spine will cause problems elsewhere in the body. The chiropractor will diagnose and treat each condition separately if they can, However, if they cannot they will make sure you are referred to someone who can help you.
In order to qualify as a Doctor of Chiropractic, each one has to go through a very extensive program of training and education. At the very least they need a 2-year undergraduate degree in one of the sciences. Some States require a 4-year degree. Once this degree has been successfully obtained the chiropractor must then undergo a 4 year program at an accredited school of chiropractic medicine. On receiving that degree they must then pass an exam through the National Board of Chiropractic before a licence to practice can be awarded. It shuld be obvious to anyone that a Chiropractor is highly trained and is a proper doctor. In fact to a certain degree they are more highly trained and educated than your GP is.
There are no age restrictions when it comes to treating problems with the back and spine. A chiropractor can treat anyone, form young babies right up to senior citizens. Many people probably do not realise that a chiropractor can prevent attacks of colic and can help to ensure that children and babies grow up without problems. For the elderly, although they cannot reverse the aging process on the spine and its gel cushion they can realign the spine and make their lives as pain free as possible.
Chiropractors do not use any form of surgery or medication in their treatments. They will not even use painkilling injections, preferring to work only with their hands performing a complete natural method of healing. A chiropractor can also help you with nutrition and diet advice as well as teaching you toe exercise properly and safely. When all is said and done a visit to a chiropractor could be the best decision you ever make for your health and well-being.
About Our Practice
As your chiropractors, our first goal is to determine the cause of your pain or discomfort. We perform a full evaluation of your area(s) of complaint using motion palpation, orthopedic and muscle testing.
Our treatments include muscle work -- the intensity of which can vary from gentle to very deep, depending on your tolerance and need -- and chiropractic adjustment(s). This may be accompanied by additional therapies such as traction, ultrasound, moist heat, ice massage, assisted stretching and therapeutic exercises. Information on home treatment and ergonomics are given as needed. Our adjustment technique also varies to fit your need and tolerance.
If you have questions, feel free to e-mail or call us.
Gil and Stacy Jackson D.C.