The Basics for Chiropractic Care

There has been a lot of discussion about the field of chiropractic care and it is gaining more and more legitimacy as a way to treat chronic back pain and headaches. Chiropractic care is a proven method to diagnose and treat a variety of health problems that affect nerves, muscles, bones, and joints. Spinal manipulation is a technique that employs a hands-on adjustment of the spine is the basis of chiropractic care.

Your initial consultation will generally last about an hour and you will discuss topics including past injuries, illness, lifestyle choices, and sleep habits in order to fully understand your medical history as well as your goals for treatment. It is important to inform your health care professional about any physical problems and if you have any numbness, tingling, weakness, or any other nerve problems.

After taking a comprehensive medical history, the chiropractor will perform a physical exam including an assessment of your spinal mobility. Your actual course of treatment usually begins at the first or second visit and may entail lying on a special table to facilitate spinal manipulations. Some patients experience minor aches or stiffness following a spinal manipulation session. This is normal and no cause for alarm because the body is adjusting to the new alignment. The spinal manipulation itself should not cause any pain, if it does please notify the chiropractor immediately.

Because the success in chiropractic is a cumulative progression, more than one session is usually needed to correct a problem and can encompass several weeks. These sessions may be two or three twenty minute sessions followed by a graduated reduction in visits. The results will be measurable and medically sound, based upon the goals that you and your chiropractor had established during your initial visit.

As effective as it is, chiropractic treatments are not for everyone. People that have problems in their bones such as tumors or fractures; osteoporosis; or arthritis should not have chiropractic treatment. It is imperative to be candid about your medical history and expectations for outcomes during your initial consultation.

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