Understanding Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic is a health care profession based primarily upon the interactions of the spine and nervous system as well as the effects of musculoskeletal disorders on general health. Each and every cell, tissue, muscle, and organ of your entire body is controlled by the nervous system. Since these nerves exit the spine, chiropractic has a tremendous impact on their performance and vitality.
Many people have back pain, but end up just living with it instead of getting help. Problems with the back are often hard to locate without a professional's assistance. Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to give your body the attention and care it deserves.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE TREATS AILMENTS SUCH AS:
- Back Pain
- Joint Pain and Sprains/Strains
- Soft Tissue Disorders
- Neck Pain
Q. What training does a Chiropractor have?
Doctors of Chiropractic (also known as Chiropractors) are well educated and trained in their field and have similar education requirements to those of medical doctors and physical therapists. Chiropractic training is the third largest doctoral level health care profession after medicine and dentistry. Your Chiropractor mastered the science of anatomy, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray imaging techniques and spinal adjusting methods. Many programs offer a comprehensive curriculum of rigorous classroom and clinical experience.
Q. How does chiropractic care help?
Chiropractic care is an important tool to help you get back to enjoying the things you love. Going beyond reducing pain, a spinal adjument enchances the ability for the nervous system to function optimally. As important as proper nutrition and exercise, a healthy nervous system is cruical to one's health. Since the nervous sytem controls every bodily function, chiropractic is a vital part of any health routine.
Q. Do I need a referral?
To be seen by a Chiropractor, no referral from a medical doctor is needed. Although this is true for the general public, military medical disabilities will need to obtain a referral from the VA to be seen at LFC. Please see the local VA office to obtain this prior to your first visit to ensure your care is covered.
Q. How long should my treatment plan last?
People who feel better usually do so after just a few visits. Because pain is only a symptom of dysfunction, it is a not a good indicator of good health. Thus, treatment plans at LFC are tailored towards function so that no one has to roller coaster through multiple episodes of a long-term problem. Each treatment program is developed by the chiropractor to specifically fit the patients' needs.
Q. Do spinal adjustments hurt?
Most patients report not experiencing any discomfort in the process of the adjustment. The likelihood of initial soreness or increased pain after a chiropractic adjustment is similar to that of starting an exercise program. The first few adjustments can cause a soreness similar to working out due to movement of joints that that possibly have not moved in a very long time. Because chiropractic has a goal of restoring dysfunction, sometimes soreness is necessary to achieve the change necessary to retrain the spine to move in a normal healthy fashion. Most people report soreness only after their first few visits.