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What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.

Chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics and other therapies to treat back pain.

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How Does It Work?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that when performed by a trained chiropractor will restore and enhance joint function. The chiropractor typically uses his or her hands–or an instrument–to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

What is a Subluxation?

When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or fixated, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation interrupts the natural pathways that the messages sent from the brain need to be clear in order to be completed properly.

What Is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Adjustments, or manipulation as they’re sometimes referred to is the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.

Is It Safe?

An adjustment is made by the chiropractor utilizing their hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you’re cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.

Does it Hurt?

Under normal circumstances, adjustments don’t hurt. With some methods, a small percentage of patients may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds.

What Kind of Education and Training Do Doctors of Chiropractic Have?

Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.

Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic?

Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, and some Medicaid plans. Find out more about Insurance Coverage

Does it Hurt?

Under normal circumstances, adjustments don’t hurt. With some methods, a small percentage of patients may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds.

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