As holistic healing and natural remedies are becoming more mainstream, chiropractors are also seeing a surge in new patients looking for alternative, safe treatments. But for those who have not already adopted chiropractic care into their health regimen, some questions remain.
At West Coast Wellness, we are committed to your health and well-being. We are happy to answer any questions you may have in regards to the treatment you will receive at our offices. In the meantime, here are the answers to 5 commonly asked questions.
Q: What type of education do chiropractors have?
Doctors of chiropractic are primary-contact health care providers who have been put through a rigorous educational curriculum approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education and accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
Our course of study emphasizes the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities, as well as the connecting nerves. (referred to as the musculoskeletal system) Chiropractors have typically obtained four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education experience before going to chiropractic school; taking specialized courses in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology. Once at an accredited chiropractic college, they will study for up to 5 years, being educated in specialties such as orthopedics, physiology, anatomy, neurology, clinical diagnosis and diagnostic imaging. Doctors of chiropractic are also trained in exercise and nutrition. In total, a chiropractic student will experience in excess of 4,200 hours of classroom, lab and clinical experience before becoming a doctor.
Q: I’m nervous about being adjusted. What does that mean, exactly?
A chiropractic adjustment is a manual procedure also known as manipulation. The doctor will use his hands or an instrument to manipulate the joints of the spine, with the goal of either restoring or increasing healthy joint function. Adjustments are controlled procedures that help to alleviate joint inflammation and pain by addressing the source of the problem. Adjustments rarely cause any sort of discomfort, and procedures are adapted to meet the specific situation of each patient. The highly individualized approach often results in nearly instant relief.
Q, But is an adjustment safe?
Chiropractic care is a drug-free and non-invasive therapy, making it one of the safest forms of treatment available. Although no medical treatment is completely risk free, chiropractic options have a strong safety record and present minimal risk to the patient.Some patients may experience mild stiffness or soreness after an adjustment, much as they might feel after exercise – but this condition generally fades within 24 hours.
Neck pain and headaches are typically treated through a neck adjustment, known as cervical manipulation. This procedure is meant to improve joint mobility and range of motion in the neck, which assists in alleviating pressure and tension. When performed by a well-educated doctor of chiropractic, a neck adjustment is considered a very safe procedure.
Q: Do I need a referral from my physician to visit a chiropractor?
Referrals are generally not required to visit a doctor of chiropractic, however, your health insurance policy may have rules regarding this issue. These days it is becoming increasingly common for insurance to cover chiropractic care, especially after a car accident or other trauma. Individuals should inquire of their insurance agent or HR department as to specifics.
It should be noted that although chiropractors provide professional medical services, their rates are often well within an affordable range even for those without insurance. If you do not have insurance coverage, call us for more information as to how we can help.
Q: I love my adjustments! Are they safe and beneficial for my children?
Chiropractic care for children is not as common, but is growing in popularity. Children and teens can benefit greatly from the gentle treatments that address concerns ranging from sports accidents to pain after a fall. Obtaining chiropractic care for your children will help to alleviate issues before they become lifelong problems.
Many people come to a chiropractor because they are experiencing pain from a car accident or pulled muscle – but continue to see the doctor long after the issue is resolved. This is because chiropractic care provides a natural and safe way to obtain and maintain overall health and vitality.
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