Chiropractic is a form of health care that focuses on the muscles and joint of the body, with special focus on the biomechanical condition of those joint. Most people who seek chiropractic care do so to address pain in the back, neck or other joints and in some cases headaches. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) use physical exams, and when needed diagnostic imaging to establish a treatment plan based on your individual needs.
Chiropractors use a wide verity of treatments to help you with your individual musculoskeletal needs. These treatments include therapeutic exercises, massage, manual therapy, ultrasound, electrical stim, and others. The most unique therapeutic procedure Doctors of Chiropractic utilize are known as a chiropractic adjustment, or manipulation. This form of treatment is typically applied to the joints of the body with special focus on the vertebrae in the spine. The technique and type or manipulation used will vary based on the doctor of chiropractic’s preferred technique, and on what the specific patient’s needs are.
Manipulation of the spine seeks to restore normal motion and joint biomechanics by applying a controlled, specific force by hand or in certain cases special tools and tables. With soft tissue injury the muscles tend to tighten and cause loss of normal joint motion. These injures can come from direct trauma, or from repeated injury, such as those found while working.
Interesting facts about Chiropractic
• Doctors of Chiropractic treat more than 27 million Americans (adults and children) annually.
• Doctors of Chiropractic are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average Doctor of Chiropractic program equivalent in hours to medical schools.
• Doctors of Chiropractic are designated as physician-level providers in 33 states as well as in many federal programs, with services available through Medicare, Medicaid, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Federal Employees Health Care Benefits Programs, Federal Workers’ Compensation and most states workers’ compensation programs.
• Doctors of Chiropractic are utilized by all 32 National Football League teams in optimizing the functionality, endurance and overall conditioning of professional football players in the treatment of musculoskeletal strain injuries, including neck pain, low back pain, strains to hamstrings and quadriceps, and whiplash injuries.
• During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, a Doctor of Chiropractic led a multidisciplinary medical services team, which included nearly 30 other Doctors of Chiropractic. Almost 40 additional Doctors of Chiropractic treated Team USA and other teams from around the world at the London games.