Primitive forms of modern chiropractic therapy have been used for centuries. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, spoke of spinal misalignment problems. Germany has told stories of “bone-setters” for years. Yet, professional chiropractic therapy as we know it today originated in 1895. Today, many Americans use it as the #1 choice in alternative healthcare!
- 85% of Americans will suffer incapacitating lower back pain in their lifetime.
- 40% of Americans with back pain lasting more than two weeks will go to a chiropractor.
- 8% of the population suffers from back pain at any given time.
- Federal agencies now recommend chiropractic treatment over other forms of medical care for acute lower back pain.
- Chiropractic is the second largest primary healthcare provider in the western world.
- Federal programs Medicare/Medicaid, Government Employees Hospital Association Benefit Plan and Postmasters Benefit Plan cover chiropractic.
- “There is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more cost-effective than medical management.” – Manga Report
WHY CHIROPRACTIC WORKS
Case History: All new chiropractic patients begin their care with a consultation by a doctor. During the consultation the patient’s health problem is discussed and the doctor decides if the patient has a condition that chiropractic therapy can help.
Orthopedic & Neurological Exam: This exam includes different neurological and orthopedic tests and several tests that are specific only to chiropractic care.
Chiropractic X-Rays: X-Rays are needed for a proper diagnosis and plan of treatment.
Spinal Adjustment: This is the most important aspect of chiropractic care. Chiropractors use various adjustment techniques to realign the spine and restore function to the nervous system.
Methods of Care: Chiropractic care is usually given as a series of treatments lasting from a few weeks to several months. The doctor monitors the patient’s progress during each treatment and usually performs progress evaluations at regular intervals during the treatment schedule.
Patient Education: Chiropractors want patients to understand and be involved in their health care. An essential part of chiropractic care is education about the patient’s diagnosis and what he or she can do to help alleviate and prevent the problem from reoccurring. The doctor will recommend educational tools such as: educational videos and CDs, pamphlets, classes and an opportunity to view the patient’s X-rays to help him or her on their journey back to wellness.
WHY DO I FEEL THIS WAY?
Nerve Damage: Occurs when the nerves are stretched, pinched, irritated, or damaged by injury or spinal misalignment.
Muscle Changes: Occur due to direct injury to the muscle, abdominal spinal movement, or changes to the nerves that control the muscles.
Tissue Damage: Occurs in the tendon, ligament, disc and surrounding tissue either by injury or as a progressive deterioration.
Spinal Wear and Tear: Takes place over a period of time and affects the tissue around the spine.
Abnormal Motion: Physical trauma such as improper lifting, car accidents, repetitive motions, and poor sleeping habits can cause spinal problems. Emotional stress and chemical imbalances are common culprits as well.
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
When one or more vertebrae lose their normal position, they interfere with the nerves they were meant to protect. This interference can cause pressure or irritation on the spinal cord and/or on the nerve roots as they pass out of the spinal column. This misalignment of the vertebrae and pinching of the nerves is called a subluxation and is the most common aspect of what doctors call the vertebral subluxation complex.
- Headache, pain at the base of the skull, pain or numbness of the face, stiffness or loss of the normal movement of the neck, neck pain, shoulder, arm and hand problems including pain, numbness and loss of strength and nerve related problems involving eyes, ears, nose and throat.
- Tension between the shoulders, mid-back pain, pain wrapping around rib cage, problems affecting the heart, lungs, stomach, gall bladder, and other digestive organs.
- Low back-pain, pain in the legs, disc problems, hip pain, groin pain, lower abdominal pain, bladder and bowel problems, many different reproductive problems, and circulation problems in the lower body.
- Pain at the base of the spine, bladder and bowel problems, hip pain and sacroiliac pain.
Patients do not all respond the same. Some progress more rapidly than others. While no health care provider can guarantee your response to treatment, your recommendations will be based on your exam and X-ray findings. With your active participation you can expect optimum results in the shortest period of time.
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