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Posted on 01-31-2017

~~Q: What are reasons to see a chiropractor over a doctor at a clinic or hospital?  

This question is one which has long divided chiropractic and traditional western medicine although much progress has been made by both sides in recent years. As doctors of chiropractic we examine, diagnose, provide a prognosis and determine the course of action in the best interest of the patient, such as a treatment plan, appropriate referral, or both.  Chiropractic treatment is a natural and conservative approach to healthcare, where the doctor of chiropractic assesses the spine and extremities to remove misalignments, known as "subluxations" which interfere with the body's normal healing ability.  By correcting the misalignment the result is an increase in range of motion, reduced nerve irritability, reduced muscle spasm, reduced pain and improved overall function.  Ultimately, the goal of receiving chiropractic treatment should be to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health. In order to accomplish this we can use and recommend a variety of natural healing methods, including chiropractic adjustments, trigger point therapy, nutrition, exercise rehabilitation, and counseling on lifestyle issues that impact your health. The primary focus is simply to remove those things which interfere with the body's natural normal healing ability thus enabling you to function at your highest ability. For more information and explanation of how chiropractic works check out the link: How does chiropractic work? 


The main conditions that a doctor of chiropractic cares for fall in to the neuromusculoskeletal category. That would include problems which affect the nerves of our body like sciatica, disc problems, carpal tunnel, and brachial plexus injuries just to name a few. Musculoskeletal conditions would include generalized muscle pain, sprains of joints, strains of muscles, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain and almost any complaint which involves dysfunction in the movement of our body. Over the past few decades significant amounts of research has led to large amounts of evidence that chiropractic care is more effective than other forms of treatment (including medication management and physical therapy) for neck pain, back pain, and headaches. When patients' level of satisfaction was rated, they were also found to be more satisfied with their chiropractic care than other forms of care.  


Neck and back pain management is what chiropractic is known for by the general public, but as doctors of chiropractic we can care for and effect many other conditions through our affect on the nervous system. This is done by locating a removing interference at the spine, which does not allow our communication system, the "nervous system", to function at its highest potential. Also, chiropractic care can help intervene in a cycle of pain and help restore normal function. By helping spinal joints work more effectively, chiropractic care removes many sources of physical pain. A more normally functioning spinal column, thus leads to a more effective function of the nerve system. In turn, all body systems improve and overall health and well-being increases. As a result, chiropractic care helps us regain a higher level of function in our daily life.  For more information on a wide variety of conditions please browse our website and wealth of information provided!

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