22 Sep The Essentials Of Chiropractic
The chiropractic practice is a hands-on therapy that typically addresses manipulation of the spine. The prevailing practice of chiropractic is that by alignment of the spinal musculoskeletal structure of the body, that is, the vertebrae, ribs, muscles and associated
cartilage, ligaments and tendons, the body will be enabled to heal itself without further medical intervention of medication or surgery unless the damage to the body involves fracture of the skeletal features of the back.
Chiropractic manipulation is performed to relieve stress and restore mobility to damaged tissue due to some trauma or by habitual poor posture. Sometimes, however, such as in the event of bone fracture, a chiropractor will work in conjunction with conventional treatment by a medical doctor.
The training of a chiropractor is usually a four-year undergraduate degree, preferably in an anatomical science, plus a four-year chiropractic college program.
In the typical case presented to a chiropractor, a case history will be developed in order to understand the prevailing contributing factors resulting in the patient’s current condition. A physical examination would be performed to confirm the information from the case history and some lab tests and imaging techniques may be prescribed to adequately diagnose the problem and develop an appropriate treatment.
The treatment will usually involve one or a series of hands-on, manual adjustment exercises to manipulate the muscles, connective tissue, joints and skeletal structure. These techniques are applied in order to achieve a fuller range and efficiency of motion without associated pain.
The primary goal of chiropractic is to restore the body to pain-free facility of motion, even in the extremities that may otherwise cause pain in the back. The treatment often includes education in the proper care and movement of the body by diet, exercise, and methods of motion to prevent recurrence of pain.
However, whether the treatment was a single adjustment session, or a series, sometimes the patient will fall into old habits and cause a recurrence of pain requiring re-treatment. Sometimes, these recurring but avoidable incidents will require further counseling with the patient to emphasize the importance of changing habitual behavior that causes the recurrence of pain.
As is possible in conventional medical practice, sometimes incidents occur to the body which will not ever be fully cured by chiropractic to achieve recovery as if the pain-inducing incident had never occurred. And as with the practice of conventional medicine, the chiropractor depends on the patient’s acceptance of treatment recommendations in order to assure full and complete recovery of motion and quality of life.