Every year, millions of people visit a chiropractor for different reasons. Some seek pain relief, some seek preventative care, and others see chiropractors as part of their healthy lifestyle regimen. Despite the large numbers of people who benefit from Chiropractic care, millions more are not sure what it is. Let’s try to clear this up a little.
According to the American Chiropractic Association:
“Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches”
In other words, chiropractors focus on realigning the spine in order to empower the body to heal itself and work to the best of it’s ability. This is done naturally, without the use of drugs, using only the tools nature gave us.
This is important because chiropractors do not cure diseases or cover up pain, they help the body heal itself! This is the way nature intended and designed us.
What does it treat?
So what ailments do chiropractors treat exactly? The obvious benefits of having your spine aligned is to relieve pinched nerves, back pains, neck pains and general muscle pains that are the result of an accident, sporting event or bad posture. Keep in mind that everyone is different and there is no guarantee that what works for one person will work for another, but spinal manipulation can also help with general health issues as well.
When the spine is aligned and the nervous system is functioning as it should, symptoms from chronic pain, headaches, and other conditions can subside or even correct themselves especially when chiropractic treatment is used as part of an overall health regimen.
The body is powerful and can do amazing things to heal itself when it is functioning properly!
Are Chiropractors doctors?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) receive a rigorous education in the healing sciences similar to medical Doctors. A typical Doctor of Chiropractor has 4 years of pre-medical education and 4-5 years of medical education from an accredited chiropractic college. According to American Chiropractic Association, Doctor’s of Chiropractic must also pass national board examinations and become state-licensed before they are allowed to practice. I recommend that you always check that your chiropractor is state licensed.
In California, you can search on the California Board Of Chiropractic Examiners website. I provide the link because you need to search for me and feel comfortable that you are dealing with a licensed professional.
Can Chiropractic help me?
Whether or not you can benefit from seeing a Chiropractor depends on a lot of factors that are individual to each person. The best bet is to make an appointment with a chiropractor and discuss your situation. At Smoot Family Chiropractic, we welcome the opportunity to discuss your situation and options.
In conclusion, we hope you found this post informative and that it shed some light on the often misunderstood topic of Chiropractic Care. Please leave us any comments or questions you have and we will try our best to help.