Next to medical doctors and dentists, chiropractic care is the third-largest primary healthcare profession in the United States, with an estimated 35 million Americans treated with chiropractic care annually. As such, it is an understatement to say that chiropractic treatment is a legitimate form of healthcare, as it is one of the most prominent! At TRUE Health Medical, our chiropractors and medical professionals firmly believe in the many health benefits of chiropractic care and would be delighted to provide that service to you.
What does a Chiropractor do?
Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who specialize in diagnosing, treating, and preventing neuromusculoskeletal conditions and disorders and the effects that those disorders have on an individual’s overall health. In terms of treatment, chiropractors perform what is known as spinal or joint manipulation, which combines manual therapy with special instruments to make chiropractic adjustments to the spine or joints when they are misaligned. These adjustments are made to help relieve pain and improve overall physical function. Chiropractic care stems from an understanding that the nervous system and spine are so intimately connected that any structural or mechanical issue with the spine will inevitably have some adverse effects on your nervous system, leading to a broad range of symptoms and conditions.
What are some problems a chiropractor can help with?
Since chiropractic care is concerned with the joints, spine, and nervous system, there are numerous conditions that a chiropractor can help with, including the following:
- Arthritic pain
- Auto accident injuries, such as whiplash
- Back sprains and strains
- Bulging, degenerative, or herniated discs
- Joint degeneration, dysfunction, and pain
- Knee pain
- Migraines and headaches
- Myofascial pain
- Neck pain
- Neurological conditions and pain
- Repetitive strain injuries, such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and others
- Shoulder pain
- Spinal injuries
- Sports injuries
How often should you visit the chiropractor?
In general, you should visit the chiropractor as often as it takes to remedy your pain or condition. However, depending on the severity and cause of your pain or condition, the number of times you should visit the chiropractor will vary. Some patients may notice satisfactory improvement after just one session, while others may require weekly or bi-weekly sessions for several months. As such, there is not a standard number of times that you should see a chiropractor. During your initial chiropractic consultation, your chiropractor can establish a treatment plan with you and let you know how frequently they recommend that you make chiropractic appointments.
Do chiropractors really work?
Chiropractic care has shown to be a highly effective treatment for myriads of patients’ time and time again! Moreover, numerous clinical practice guidelines recommend chiropractic care as a first-line treatment for back pain disorders, including the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Pain Society (APS). However, just as medical doctors vary in skill and expertise, the effectiveness of chiropractic care also depends on the chiropractor’s skill and expertise. At TRUE Health Medical, our chiropractors are highly skilled with an abundance of experience providing successful care to numerous patients.
Are chiropractic treatments safe?
Chiropractic treatments are widely considered to be safe when they are performed by licensed professionals. Overall, complications associated with receiving chiropractic care are rare and typically occur when necessary precautions are not taken. When you come to TRUE Health Medical, our chiropractors will likely assess your physical condition before providing chiropractic treatment to make sure that you can safely receive chiropractic treatment without significant risk of complications. In general, you should not feel pain from chiropractic adjustments. Thus, while it is unlikely that you will feel pain during treatment, be sure to inform your chiropractor if you feel pain from any adjustments so that together you can avoid any complications.
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