It is the practice of helping people who have musculoskeletal problems.This is mainly achieved by manipulating the joint or muscle in the problem area and as in my case some years ago relieving what was a very painful hip joint that had decided to stick in a certain position which made it rather difficult to walk.The chiropractor listened to what I had to say about my symptoms with a lot of understanding and empathy. He then looked at the troubled area, pushed and prodded very delicately asked me to lie on my side, the one which didn't hurt, and then he gently manoeuvred my hip from side to side and with a gentle "nudge" clicked my hip back into place with a slight ugh from me.A friend of mine who is a Chiropractor in Doncaster asked me how long ago that was so I told him it was back in 1996 when I was working in Guernsey. He said that was just about the time alternative healing was starting to be recognised by the main health authorities. Chiropractors are specially trained people having first studied physiology, anatomy, neurology, orthopaedics, physiotherapy, nutrition and many other subjects too numerous to list here.They also study how to manipulate joints especially the spine as most of us at some time or another suffer from some form of back trouble.These courses usually take up to 4 years to complete and ends with a degree in chiropractics (Doctor of Chiropractic).Before a chiropractor is able to treat a patient he or she must first get an accurate diagnosis of the patients' problem, by talking to them and asking questions about the symptoms, how the patient came to have the problem in the first place. They should also have a good knowledge of the medical history of the patient, if there are ongoing medical issues or medications being taken.A majority of treatments are mainly to do with lower back pain which affect 4 out of 5 people and a good chiropractor can also help with issues to do with a pain in the neck (no, not the husband or wife) and also help relieve persistent headaches. Osteoarthritis sufferers have been known to benefit from slight manipulation by a chiropractor.Anyone suffering with knee injuries, ankle or foot pain and sports injury can benefit from going to a good chiropractic clinic.You do not have to wait until you have a serious problem to visit a chiropractors clinic, most practices deal with preventative treatment as well.As well as the usual manipulation of the joint and muscles some chiropractors use heat, massage and acupuncture to help relieve the stress and strain people suffer. Chiropractors can also advise patients on matters to do with nutrition, life style and exercise but they are not allowed to prescribe any medication or do surgery.It is always advisable to consult and inform your family doctor when you are thinking of visiting a chiropractor if they haven't already pointed you in the direction of one.Always check to see if the practitioner has the Doctor of Chiropractic certificate displayed somewhere in their clinic building, usually behind reception. Plus, are they registered with British Chiropractic Association.Be aware that there are people out there posing as "qualified" chiropractic practitioners. Insight Millenium Subluxation Station
How to Find the Best Chiropractor in Your City
Insight Millenium Subluxation Station This can be a touchy subject. I can only tell you the way I see things and fill you in on some of my experiences over the last 13 years and hopefully not upset too many people on either side of the issue. Here goes nothing.Although the medical/chiropractic relationship has progressed in the last 5 years, why do you think medical doctors have tended to lean away from the chiropractic profession for so many years? Is it because they're tired of us taking money from their pockets and see us as a threat? Or because they don't want us to become the top dog? I don't think that has anything to do with it at all. I think, like any profession, a few bad seeds have a tendency to spoil the whole bowl.You may not believe this, but I know some very good and, yes, very respectable attorneys. But, we're taught and told that they are ALL bad when, of course, we know they are not. Some will go the extra mile to make sure that they help you. Some build a relationship with their clients. And, yes, some even care about their clients and their well-being.I view chiropractic much in the same way. I think medical doctors have leaned away from our profession as a whole because they have had experiences with patients that told them about their chiropractor claiming that they could cure their cancer. Or that they could cure their gall bladder issues. Things of that nature. Here is where it gets touchy. I am a musculoskeletal chiropractor so you could say that I lean away from claims like that too. Add the factor that it would not be a stretch to imagine a scenario where a cancer patient puts their faith in a well-meaning chiropractor only to wait too long for conventional medical treatment to be of any effect. That patient's battle may be lost by then. That is the part that the medical field gets to see. While it is true that more medicines kill people than chiropractors ever do any amount of harm to, I don't think that's a reason to shun all medication. As with most things in life, there are risks and rewards that should be weighed, and weighed again, before a solid decision can be made. In the scenario above, why not undergo conventional therapy AND chiropractic if you have that faith in your chiropractor's ability to treat your condition? Simply put, I believe the rift between chiropractors and the medical field comes from a perception that chiropractic, as a whole, tries to treat outside of their perceived scope of practice, thus leading patient's conditions to deteriorate needlessly.You should know that is just not true. Of course, it is true with some chiropractors which goes back to the "bad seeds ruining the whole bowl" discussion. Most people who talk down chiropractors have either had a singular bad experience with one of them and assume they are all the same or they heard something bad from their uncle's friend's niece. Or they have seen too many Chuck Norris movies and somehow relate his "neck moves" to those of chiropractors. Either way, the people that denigrate chiropractors have mostly never been to a chiropractor and are repeating non factual hearsay. I am a firm believer that there have been "bad seeds" in every profession from the beginning of time. In fact, I've experienced some "bad seeds" in the medical field now that I think about it.Think about it: if you were to have a fall or simply wake up with neck pain, what would be the better option? Would it be to suffer until it goes away with no idea of what is causing it or if it ever fully resolved? Would it be to go to the medical doctor and get pain killers and muscle relaxers that just throw a blanket over the symptom and do nothing to focus on the source? Or would it be to go to a reasonable, conservative chiropractor that can usually have you cleared up fairly quickly? I may be biased but I can tell you what I would be doing.Here's an example. I had a lady come to see me several years ago with severe headaches. Debilitating headaches. She had been through the medical gambit including, but not limited to, a nuclear bone scan and injections into the base of her skull. Nothing helped. She simply could not function. Truthfully, I had my doubts as to whether I could help. But, in two weeks, she had NO headaches whatsoever after having suffered with them for over five years. Though I have confidence in my abilities, I have to admit that we were both amazed given her treatment history. This is the part the medical field does not get to see. This is the powerful part. Now, if her medical doctor had offered chiropractic as a viable option in the beginning, she could have avoided some major medical bills and severely shortened her time of suffering. On the other end of that discussion, it's fair to say that the medical field ought to be able to depend on a chiropractor to be knowledgeable enough to know when his treatments are no longer helping and then refer the patient toPlease do not assume that I am taking up for the medical field here. The American Medical Association has initiated a lawsuit against the chiropractic profession as a whole here in Texas recently and you could say I am less than happy with the AMA. I'm sure they'll be losing sleep over it. Anyway, they have constantly tried to put chiropractors in THEIR box when our profession is completely separate from their box and should remain so. I'm just going to stop there and maybe pick this up on another blog.The question is, what kind of chiropractor do you seek? What does he do to find your issues? This can be as varied as the Texas Panhandle weather. Some do some very "different" types of things to try to narrow down what they think is wrong. I prefer the chiropractors that simply put their hands on you and feel their way to finding out what is wrong. But, in the end, it all comes down to the same thing: make things move, focus on structural integrity, and concern the patient with their overall wellness.Do you suffer from painful recurring headaches? Do you have arthritis? Are you experiencing pain and discomfort? Have you been in an accident? Are you looking to increase your health? Are you suffering with breathing issues or acid reflux? Do you pain in your feet or hands? Are you pregnant and looking to increase your comfort? Are you recovering from a car collision?If you answered yes to any of the above, then you are likely going to be looking for find a chiropractor.What makes a chiropractor better than over-the-counter pain relievers and primary care physicians? They believe in natural health care.A chiropractor may use x-rays, nerve scans and MRIs to diagnose a problem, especially after a car accident. The treatment, however, is hands on, literally. It is known as a manual therapy. Chiropractors perform adjustments where precision force is used with the hands to thrust joints into their proper position, relieving pressure off of nerves. For most, this results in a reduction or elimination in pain, as well as increased mobility.If you like the sound of chiropractic care, you may be ready to schedule an appointment. First, you need to familiarize yourself with chiropractors in and around your area. But how? A standard internet search is a good way to start. Look online using a search engine for the top rated ones in your area. You will easily find sources of social proof and reviews on sites like Google, RateMDs, YellowPages and more. There are often even reviews found on social media sites such as Facebook that you may find helpful.When performing a standard internet search, search with your city and state/province. You will be linked to a number of websites. Some of those are directories, where many chiropractors are listed. These websites are similar to phone books; they provide you with just the names, address, and telephone numbers of local care providers. What you want to look for is chiropractor websites. In addition to getting the contact information, you should get in-depth information about the provider, such as specialties, background, and see pictures of the office.Once on a chiropractor's website, you should look for testimonials, either verbal or written, about the clinic. See if any of the stories relate to your condition. See if there are other people with a similar problem that have been helped.An online business directory can also be useful. Many websites serve as online business directories. From Yahoo and Google, select "Local," from the main heading. Enter in your city and state and the phrase "chiropractor." You will see local listings for nearby chiropractors. Most only include your specific city, but you can expand the search to nearby communities. Some online business directories link to you to provider websites, if they exist. Many also enable ratings and reviews.The most trustworthy source may just be recommendations from those you know. Since many North Americans, insurance providers, and employers are now embracing chiropractic care and realizing the many benefits, its popularity continues to increase. You may know someone who has seen or uses the services of a chiropractor. Ask those that you know, such as friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Ask for the name, address, and phone number. Be sure to ask for feedback too. Call the office that you are interested in. Ask to see if they are a proactive clinic that uses some of the more advanced diagnostic equipment. Does the doctor simply feel for the problem with his hands, or does he use x-ray, nerve scanners, MRIs or other to help decipher the underlying cause of the problem before starting treatment.In addition, ask them if they are equipped to adjust according to your special needs, if they exist. Are they wheelchair accessible? Do they offer low-force treatments for those that require it or prefer? Do they have any advanced education in pediatrics or pregnancy if this is for a mom or a child? Do they have any equipment specifically designed to help seniors who have difficulty maneuvering? There are many good questions to ask, before deciding if that chiropractor is right for you.There are many ways to find chiropractic care providers in or around your community. Once you familiarize yourself with your options, the next step is to choose a care provider. When doing so, consider reputation, feedback, costs, and the wait until you can get a first appointment.
Is a Chiropractor a Real Doctor?
Insight Millenium Subluxation Station Let's use the term 'subluxation.' Subluxations occur when vertebrae in the spine become misaligned or move out of place. When an individual vertebra moves out of its proper position, it can press on the nerves that pass from the spinal column out through the space either above or below it. Because nerves carry messages between your brain and your body at lightning speed (think about how fast you move your hand when you touch something hot), nerve interference caused by a spinal misalignment can cause the body to malfunction.Simply put, subluxations interrupt normal nerve function, causing a breakdown in the body's communication center, the central nervous system. How do subluxations occur? There are three main causes:o Physical causes, such as a car accident, a slip or fall, a sports injury, repetitive movements, such as lifting all day on a job, improper sleeping positions, inadequate sleep and bad posture.o Emotional causes, such as grief over the death of a loved one, anger and other negative emotions that cause too much stress in your body and result in damage to your body's immune system.o Chemical causes, that result from improper nutrition (fast food), smoking, alcohol and substance abuse and toxins in your external environment, food and water.Chiropractors receive special training to adjust the spine, which moves the misplaced vertebrae back into their proper position. It may take time for your body to "hold" an adjustment and for the vertebrae and the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tissue to [recognize] the new position as being "normal." However, once the subluxation is corrected, the nervous system becomes fully functional again, allowing your body to heal. The biggest problem with subluxations is the fact that you often don't even know that you have one until you experience symptoms, such as pain or a breakdown in the functioning of a major organ, and then it might be too late.Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments keeps your nervous system in prime working order, much the same as receiving regular dental care keeps your teeth and gums healthy. If you have any questions about subluxations or the effects that they can have on your health, please be sure to ask us at your next visit.MisunderstoodA chiropractic doctor is probably one of the most misunderstood healthcare practitioners in the medical profession. Through the years they have been looked at askance by doubters who are full of suspicion. In times past, they have been called quacks, or worse. This is due, in part, to the public's narrow and limited view of medical treatment - being that solely of administering prescription drugs and performing surgery. It's unfortunate that the majority of people believe this is all there is to health care. There truth is there is more to health care than drugs and surgery! A great deal more!Sad to say, but even some chiropractic patients haven't a real clear understanding of what chiropractic is. And for those who have never been to a chiropractor, most are totally misinformed as to the make up of the profession. The fact is chiropractic is the largest drug-free form of health care and the third largest form of any health care in North America. What is Chiropractic?The word "chiropractic" is a blending of the Greek words cheir (hand) and praxis (action) and means "done by hand." Chiropractic is an alternative medical system in that the practitioner takes a different approach from conventional medicine in diagnosing, classifying, and treating medical problems.Essentially, chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the body's structure - primarily that of the spine - and the body's function. Doctors of chiropractic use hands-on therapy called manipulation (or adjustment) as their core procedure.Comparable to an MD? So is the training of a chiropractor as rigorous as that of a medical doctor? The answer is a resounding, yes. Today's doctor of chiropractic receives an extensive educational background beginning with three years of pre-chiropractic study. From there they advance into a four-year course of study. A student of chiropractic spends as many hours in the study of human physiology as that of a medical doctor. Chiropractic programs require a minimum of 4,200 hours of combined classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience.The difference between the education of an MD and that of a chiropractor lies in the fact that an MD trains in pharmacology and surgical procedures and chiropractor trains in the care of the spine.Worth the Cost?Some will assert that it costs too much to go to the chiropractor. However, the opposite is true. The fact is that oftentimes when a person is treated by a chiropractic doctor for one certain symptom, the adjustments (treatments) result in a higher level of overall health and well being. This leads to cutting back on prescription drugs, preventing the need for surgery, and slowing down the aging process. Those who benefit from chiropractic treatments look at it as an important part of their ongoing health maintenance, similar to that of regular exercise or visiting their local health spa. They now know the difference - how they felt before chiropractic treatments and how much better they feel now. A survey of patients of chiropractors in an independent physicians' association found that, when asked if they would recommend their Doctor of Chiropractic to others, 95.5% of the patients said "yes." 1A chiropractor is a whole health practitioner who is concerned not just about your symptoms, but your overall state of well being. What your doctor of chiropractic can offer, no other doctor can. Have no doubt that a chiropractor is well trained to assist you reach your own personal optimal health. 1 http://www.neffchiro.com/research.htm