• Where can I find additional information about chiropractic?
• What is chiropractic? *
• Is chiropractic treatment safe? *
• Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for small children? *
• What type of education and training do chiropractors have? *
• How is a chiropractic adjustment performed? *
• Is chiropractic treatment ongoing? *
Where can I find additional information about chiropractic?
* American Chiropractic Association (ACA) – This is the official website of the American Chiropractic Association, which is the largest organization in the world representing doctors of chiropractic. It is a great source of information relating to the field of chiropractic.
* Northwestern Health Sciences University – Northwestern College of Chiropractic is one of several academic programs located within Northwestern Health Sciences University.
* National University of Health Sciences
What is chiropractic? *
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – 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, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
NOTE: For the full text explanation regarding what chiropractic is, please click here or refer to this heading on the American Chiropractic Association's website in the Patients section.
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Is chiropractic treatment safe? *
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.
The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
NOTE: For the full text explanation regarding the safety of chiropractic, please click here or refer to the American Chiropractic Association's website under FAQ in the Patients section.
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Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for small children? *
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms, including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment and, in the case of children, very gentle.
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What type of education and training do chiropractors have? *
Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.
In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his / her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain and restore or enhance joint function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
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Is chiropractic treatment ongoing? *
The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and / or preventive care, thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.
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NOTE: Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are provided courtesy of the American Chiropractic Association.
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