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What To Expect From Chiropractic Care

When you walk in to a chiropractic office you will probably notice a few things, a positive atmosphere, friendly staff and no drug reps sitting in the waiting room.  These offices are a place of natural healing, these doctors use only natural, and healthy means to give the patient’s body what it needs and to help the body turn sickness into health.

Doctors of chiropractic are required to go through a very intense education in order to be able to help heal the body naturally.  Their academic curriculum consists of biochemistry, physiology, gross anatomy, neurology and pharmacology; a very comprehensive and well rounded education.  These alternative doctors learn early on that in this type of unhealthy environment which we are living, it is very important to eat, breath and live true wellness.  The United States is faced with an epidemic of deteriorating health, incidence of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and arthritis are at record levels and show no signs of slowing.  For chiropractors and other alternative health specialists, it is their job to educate and communicate to the public how the body can heal itself if given the right tools.

When going to a doctor of chiropractic one will find that an extensive history will be taken, and even health issues that may not seem relevant, are always relevant to a chiropractor.  These alternative doctors realize how anything can affect anything in the body.  This means that problems in one area of the body may be contributing to other health problems; this is why a whole body approach to true wellness is essential. 

Doctors of chiropractic will look at all of the potential underlying causes of a health condition and then determine how each area should be addressed.  They evaluate the spine to see if misalignments are contributing to pain, inflammation and a decreased range of motion.  They evaluate posture to determine if this is causing undue stress on the spine and surrounding muscles around the area of chief complaint.  Nerves control every process and function that happens in the body; so this must be evaluated to see if it is contributing to a person’s health complaints.  Many chiropractors will evaluate a patient’s diet and nutrition because this is the fuel of the body, if they are not getting the proper fuel, this may be causing a physical problem with the patient.  Poor nutritional habits can affect health and surprisingly lead to many different symptoms such as headaches, digestive problems, inflammation, thyroid dysfunction and other hormonal problems. 

After one receives an examination from a doctor of chiropractic they will be given a diagnosis and what the underlying cause or causes of their condition are.  A treatment from these doctors usually includes a spinal adjustment, stretching, postural exercises and many times nutritional recommendations.  These recommendations are for whole body care, naturally giving the body healthy modalities to encourage it to heal and repair itself.  A major difference between this natural, alternative care and mainstream medicine is in treating the underlying cause and not just managing the symptoms.  When treating the underlying cause one can achieve proper healing and long lasting results which is the opposite of the band aid approach that some medical doctors may use.  For more differences between chiropractic and mainstream medicine please click here.

This article was published on Saturday 29 September, 2012.

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