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Chiropractic Treatment - Different Methods

What are the main reasons people seek out chiropractic services? To relieve spine and joint pain, soreness, and stiffness which are the results of a medical condition or an accident. More and more people are turning to alternative sources for healing and maintaining overall physical/mental health maintenance. Some are taking advantage of chiropractic care for their children as soon as they are born to give them the best start in life as possible. Another advantage that people are seeing is that chiropractic treatment is it aids in having a healthy pregnancy and a smoother/less stressful transition from labor to delivery for both mom and baby. 

This field of treatment has been around for centuries and has advanced dramatically from the basic "straightening the spine and neck" to a full-service physical and mental health center for care. Chiropractic care can treat just about everything from simple misalignment issues of the spine/joints to boosting the immune system and reducing (or even eliminating in some cases) stress, headaches/migraines, anxiety and depression.

There are three major areas that chiropractors generally focus on: reliving acute pain for immediate results, corrective treatment on spinal conditions/injuries that have developed over a long period of time without proper care, and maintaining optimal health through regular minor adjustments of the spine, joints, and soft tissue. There are other methods that can be utilized to work in conjunction with adjustments to help the patient feel immediate relief or maintain optimal health: acupuncture, acupressure and massage therapy.

Chiropractic care for immediate pain relief is the most commonly performed treatment. Patients exhibiting mild to extremely severe acute pain symptoms due to an injury/accident or physical condition benefit highly from the immediate relief chiropractic adjustments give them. Most chiropractors can perform these adjustments and are also known as Symptom Relief Chiropractors. On the first visit, the chiropractor will do a full physical evaluation. This will give him/her the information needed to devise a personalized rehabilitation plan.

Corrective chiropractic treatment is used when a patient has suffered spinal pain for an extended period of time. They are most likely seeking out chiropractic care because all other traditional methods have failed such as medication and surgery. The patient will receive an individualized physical therapy plan, which is put together by the chiropractor (who is generally a specialist trained in corrective chiropractic care) and the patient's primary physician. The treatment(s) usually involves realigning the spine and joints. This will drastically reduce or eliminate the patient's pain while correcting the underlying medical condition/injury.

Maintaining optimal health is accomplished through regular minor adjustments of the spine, joints, and soft tissue by either a symptom relief (traditional) or specialized chiropractor. Being properly aligned speeds up the natural healing process by eliminating any interference between the nerves and the mind/body. Spinal injuries or conditions will cause overall weakness within the spine, which can lead to health issues throughout the body. Again, the initial visit will determine what method of treatment and how many visits will be needed for the patient to regain optimal health. The main focus for this method of rehabilitation is to improve range of motion and regaining control and optimal health for the entire body (not just the area causing the pain/soreness/weakness). Full-body adjustments will not only take care of the immediate issue(s), but it will aid in the prevention of further injuries to either the areas of concern or preventing any new injuries from occurring.

There are other methods of therapy that are commonly used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments. TENS units, medical massage, acupressure, laser acupuncture, ultrasound therapy, and electrical stimulation are just a few of the therapy options that can enhance chiropractic care to insure optimal health. Just like with any medical treatment, finding the right chiropractic treatment(s) that will be most effective is done through trial and error. The chiropractor and primary care physician will monitor the patient's responses to each one/combination. This will also give them a better idea as to how many sessions they will need to prescribe. The frequency of sessions will lessen over time as the patient recovers during the rehabilitation and healing process.

Before starting any alternative treatment plan, ask about the pros and cons of chiropractic treatment with your primary care physician. If he/she feels this method will increase the chances of a more complete recovery, ask him/her if they can recommend a highly skilled/experienced and licensed chiropractor. If he/she does not know any ask if they can point you in the right direction or go to the American Chiropractic Association on line. There you will find a lot of helpful information on choosing a chiropractor and what can be expected when utilizing this method of treatment.

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