Chiropractors treat disorders of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system without drugs or surgery. Instead, they focus on spinal manipulation and treatment of surrounding structures. This helps the body heal naturally.
What Conditions Can a Chiropractor Treat?
Chiropractic care can treat several types of muscle and bone pains. Most people see chiropractors for back and neck pain. That might be pain from a traumatic event like a car accident injury or chronic pain that has developed over time. Chiropractic can also help with migraine headaches, whiplash, myofascial sprains, elbow pain, shoulder pain, spinal stenosis and herniated discs.
How Do Chiropractors Treat Pain?
When you visit the chiropractor, he will talk with you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. He’ll then make an assessment, checking the low back, the mid back and the neck. He’ll feel for things like heat, changes on the skin, and muscle spasms that can be signs of problems.
Your chiropractor might also feel and look for problems with movement. To do this, he’ll assess the way you stand or watch the way you walk. He may even rotate your neck or touch your back as you bend and move. Often, the body compensates for problems in one area by limiting movement in another. Every part of your body is affected.
Chiropractors know many tests for diagnosing patients, spotting things like herniated discs and lesions. When the chiropractor has assessed the problem, he may do an adjustment. But adjustments aren’t the only way that chiropractors help you feel better.
Chiropractors use varied types of hands-on therapies to treat pain, including:
· Corrective exercise
· Nutrition recommendations
· Supportive tape
· Activity modifications
So, How Are Doctors of Chiropractic and Medical Doctors Different?
The main difference between DCs and MDs is the way treatment is given. An MD is more likely to prescribe medicine for an illness, while a DC is involved in the hands-on process of treatment—usually in the form of spinal manipulation—to heal the body.
When you visit a chiropractor, you won’t receive a prescription and you won’t be scheduled for surgery. Instead, your chiropractor will take a holistic approach to help you feel better. At Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Center, this is the approach we take. We create an individualized treatment for each patient, which is designed for lasting results.