27 Aug Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors are medical professionals who focus on treating disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. They use a non-surgical, hands-on approach to realign the spinal vertebrae and other bones to support the natural healing process. If you have never been to a chiropractor before, learn the answers to these frequently asked questions about chiropractic care before you schedule your first visit.
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are best known for treating back pain, neck pain, and headaches with highly skilled manual manipulation of the spine. However, chiropractic care can help patients recover from many other ailments involving the muscles, ligaments, joints, and nerves. DCs can also provide counseling on diet, nutrition, health habits, exercise, and lifestyle modifications that may contribute to whole-body healing.
Is chiropractic care safe?
When it comes to treating neuromuscular-skeletal complaints, no other therapy is as safe as non-invasive, drug-free chiropractic care. The potential adverse effects of chiropractic care are minimal and may include soreness, stiffness, or aching that usually lasts no more than a day or two. When visiting a chiropractor, be specific about your symptoms and what ailments you’re hoping to treat. This helps the doctor perform the safest, most effective treatment possible.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to see a chiropractor?
While your primary healthcare provider may refer you to see a chiropractor, a referral is not usually required. It may still be wise to tell your doctor you’re planning on visiting a chiropractor.
Will my insurance cover chiropractic treatment?
While you need to check your specific coverage to be certain, rest assured that most insurance providers cover visits to the chiropractor. This includes major medical policies, federal employee plans, workers’ compensation coverage, Medicare, and some Medicaid plans. Be aware that some policies require a referral to provide coverage. Check your plan or contact your employer’s Human Resources department to find out if your spinal adjustment will be covered.
Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?
Yes, children and even babies can benefit from the precise movements of a chiropractic adjustment. Children tend to be physically active and may participate in sports, making them susceptible to falls and spinal injuries. An experienced chiropractor will adjust his or her techniques to meet the needs of younger patients so they can enjoy much-needed pain relief.
What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
The educational requirements for Doctors of Chiropractic are among the most rigorous of any healthcare profession. DCs are educated as primary contact healthcare providers. They then receive additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
To be accepted into chiropractic college, most students must already have a four-year undergraduate degree in a pre-medical field, such as biology, chemistry, or physics. Then, four to five years of demanding professional study ensues. This includes a significant amount of time in clinical technique training, mastering the manipulative procedures needed to provide a safe, effective spinal adjustment. In total, DCs accumulate a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience before they qualify for graduation.
How is spinal manipulation performed?
When you visit a chiropractor for an adjustment, you can expect to receive treatment while lying fully clothed on a padded chiropractic table. The DC will use his or her hands or a manipulation instrument to fine-tune the joints in your body, especially along your spine. This realigns your bones, reduces pain and inflammation, and enhances your bodily functions. The highly controlled procedure often provides immediate pain relief and rarely causes discomfort.
How many treatments will I need?
Fixing a misaligned spine may not be possible in a single visit. Your body resists change and may slip back into its old position, requiring multiple treatments to ensure lasting results. During your initial consultation and treatment session, your chiropractor should be able to estimate how many treatments you’ll need, so you can decide if you want to move forward.
What is that “popping” sound I hear when having my spine adjusted?
Many patients are put off by the distinctive “pop” of a spinal adjustment. While disconcerting at first, the pop shouldn’t be painful—in fact, it often results in immediate pain relief. The sound you hear is nothing more than the release of a gas bubble from the joint as a change in pressure occurs. It’s not dangerous, and it won’t hurt your joints.
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