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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is based on the scientific principle that your body is a self-healing entity. Chiropractors locate and correct misaligned vertebra in the spine known as subluxations. Subluxations compromise joint motion and nerve function, causing stiffness and pain. The nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system in your body. Therefore, chiropractic can have a positive effect on many health conditions not normally thought of as back problems. Regular chiropractic care allows your body to function at 100% of its potential. Chiropractic care is a conservative, natural approach to better health that has been proven safe and effective.

Should I see a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors differ from other health care professionals in that they work to find and correct the cause of your pain rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractors are experts in treating a wide variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions including:

  • Tension headaches and migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Repetitive strain disorders
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lower back and hip pain
  • Sciatica (pain into hip and leg)
  • Disc conditions
  • Sprains and strains
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Soft tissue injuries related to an auto accident or work injury

What is an Adujstment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction to restore motion and function to a subluxated joint. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Most doctors use their hands or a specially designed instrument to deliver a brief and highly accurate thrust to the spine. We also offer massage therapy, which aids in the healing process.

What education does a Chiropractor receive?

Following undergraduate studies, today’s chiropractic doctor completes an additional 4-year curriculum including no less than 4500 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. This is followed by four National Board Exams and a rigorous State Board Examination. Chiropractors are required to complete continuing education courses to maintain licensure. The course of study is similar to medical school (with the exception of pharmacology and surgery) and includes the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Neurology
  • Immunology
  • Embryology
  • Orthopedics
  • Radiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Differential diagnoses
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dermatology
  • Techniques in spinal adjustments

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