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Chiropractic is a natural m the causes of physical problems rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic champions a natural method of healing, advocating a non-surgical, non-invasive, and drugless treatment of patients. Chiropractic is based upon a simple but powerful premise: with a healthy lifestyle and normally functioning nerves, joints, and spine, your body is better able to heal itself. This is due to the fact that the spinal cord, which is protected by the spine, is the main pathway of your nervous system. It controls movement, feeling, and function throughout your body. Chiropractic theory holds that spinal mechanics plays a primary role in the health of the whole body. The chiropractor works to restore your health and guides you along a path to overall health.

The effectiveness of chiropractic has been repeatedly documented in studies form such groups as the AHCPR (Agency for Health Care Policy & Research: 1994), Ontario Ministry of Health (Manga; 1993), Rand Corporation (1991) and others.

These studies and others within the medical and chiropractic professions have been used to develop clinical guidelines utilized within AHO managed care systems. These studies clearly identify chiropractic manipulation as a viable and scientifically proven methodology for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders of the spine.

What does the examination/consultation involve?

In your examination, your chiropractic physician will collect your health history. He or she will then give you a physical exam, consisting of physical, orthopedic, and neurological tests to determine you condition. This might include palpation tests to check for tenderness, pain, swelling, and restricted range of motion, lab tests, and x-rays.After diagnosing your condition, if vertebral, your chiropractor may manually apply pressure to your spine to reposition misaligned vertebrae. He or she may then prescribe a course of treatments, which, besides periodic spinal manipulation, may include strengthening and flexibility exercises, cold and hot compresses, massage, traction, and even diet, relaxation, and behavior modification. What should I look for in a provider?
Look for a chiropractor who:

  • Does everything he/she can do to improve your health in an efficient manner.
  • May or may not choose to treat but emphasizes patient empowerment by teaching you how to take better care of yourself.
  • Only takes x-rays when necessary and should explain the necessity.
  • Gives you sensible nutritional advice concerning supplementation and a healthy diet, as necessary.
  • Gives you advice about exercise, stretching and posture to avoid future problems.
  • Has a strong working relationship with healthcare professionals of all specialties, including family practice physicians, orthopedists, neurologist, physical therapists, and psychiatrists.

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