Chiropractic care is a way to diagnose and treat health problems that affect nerves, muscles, bones and joints of the body. A doctor who provides this care is called chiropractor.
Manual adjustments of the spine, called manipulation of the spine, are the basis of chiropractic care. Most chiropractors also use other types of treatments.
What happens during a visit to a chiropractor?
The first visit in most cases lasts 30 to 60 minutes. The chiropractor will ask about your goals for treatment and your medical history. They will ask about:
- Injuries and past illnesses
- Current health problems
- Any medications you are taking
- Sleep Habits
- Mental stress that may have
- Alcohol, drugs or snuff
Tell your chiropractor about any physical problems you may have and that makes it difficult to perform certain tasks. Also tell if you have any numbness, tingling, weakness or other neurological problem.
After asking about his health, the chiropractor will do a physical exam. This includes testing the mobility of the spine (how well the spine moves). The chiropractor may also do some tests, such as blood pressure checked and take x-rays. These tests look for problems that may be increasing your pain.
Treatment begins on the first or second query in most cases.
You may be asked to lie on a special table, where the chiropractor performs spinal manipulation.
The most common treatment is chiropractic manipulation done by hand. It involves moving a joint of the spine to the maximum of their range, followed by a slight compression. This is often called “adjustment” and realigns the bones of the spine so that they are straight.
The chiropractor may also perform other treatments such as massages and other soft tissue work.
Some people are a little sore, stiff and tired for a few days after handling. This is because your body is adjusting to its new alignment. You should not feel any pain following manipulation.
How many treatments you need?
In most cases, it takes more than one session to correct a problem. Treatments usually last several weeks. The chiropractor may suggest 2 or 3 short sessions a week at first. These sessions would only last about 10 to 20 minutes each. Once you start improving, treatment may be only once a week. You and your chiropractor will discuss the effectiveness of treatment based on the goals set in the first session.
What conditions better is chiropractic?
Chiropractic treatment is more effective:
- The pain back sub-acute (pain that has been present for 3 months or less)
- Exacerbations of chronic back pain
- Pain in the neck
Who should not be treated with a chiropractor?
People should not receive chiropractic treatment in the affected parts of their bodies by:
- Fractures or bone tumors
- Arthritis severe
- Bone or joint infections
- Osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) serious
Very rarely, neck manipulation can damage blood vessels and cause strokes. It is also very rare that manipulation can worsen the condition. However, the evaluation process that your chiropractor does in his first consultation aims to see if you might be at high risk of these problems. If so, your chiropractor will not perform neck manipulation.