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I hope that I can give you information on what chiropractic and how it is practiced in our office. Chiropractic is a health profession that focuses on disorders of the primarily of the spine and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, and pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
We are often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physician practice a drug free hands on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises.
Chiropractors perform adjustments. Adjustments are done by applying a specific force in a certain direction to the spine and the result is a change in the motion of spinal bones. This force can be applied with my hands or a computer guided instrument called The Pro-Adjustor. As the adjustment is applied you may hear a popping noise that is caused by escaping gas from between the joints in the spine, this sound is perfectly normal. We sometimes use a special chiropractic table that is designed to move that help me perform the adjustments.
Adjustments are done to correct what is called a “vertebral fixations”. Fixations can be caused by a traumatic event such as improper lifting an object, through repetitive stresses such as sitting in an awkward position with poor posture for a long time, from a fall or form injuries work a car accident. Damaged tissue undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, muscle spasm, swelling, and reduced function. Adjustments of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility reduces pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
My adjustments rarely cause discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
I may assess you through clinical examinations, diagnostic imaging to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or not. I will readily refer my patients to the health care provider when chiropractor care is not suitable for the patient’s condition.
Your first visit will last about an hour. I will take a complete medical history and identify the problem areas to be addressed during treatment. I will want to know about your pain, if any, where it is located when the pain started, and what activities improve or exacerbation the pain. Depending on your specific situation I may perform X-rays and/or refer you to have an MRI scan or other diagnostic tests. The physical examination will generally be performed through light clothing. It may include observation of posture and range of motion and palpation of muscles, joint movement, and soft tissues.
Treatment may cause mild discomfort (after the first few adjustments it should stop). A typical patient being seen in this office can be treated effectively with and average of 12 to 16 sessions. The first visit last 45 minutes to 1 hour subsequent visits may last just 20-30 minutes. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us at (404) 363-6460.