How Does Chiropractic Care Work?
Chiropractors are typically thought of as “bone doctors”, but actually their focus is on the nervous system. The nervous system is the master system of the body. It controls and coordinates all the other major systems in the body such as the immune, digestive, respiratory and muscular systems. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves and all of the peripheral nerves that serve organs, tissues, blood vessels, etc..
Chiropractors most commonly painlessly adjust the vertebral column in order to relieve stress that is placed on the nerves. This procedure in turn relives pain, and allows the body to heal from within, restoring communication between the nervous system and the organs it serves for optimal health.
Wellness care is also part of chiropractic. Chiropractors can often detect conditions in their early stages, even before you experience pain or decreased mobility. Your chiropractor can work with you to develop a maintenance schedule that incorporates diet, exercise, and other tips for healthy living to meet your healthcare goals and lifestyle.
How often should I see a chiropractor?
Your specific condition will determine the amount of care that is needed, which your chiropractor will discuss with you. For some, chiropractic care will need to be on a regular basis to help deal with the daily stresses of life. For others, it is simply needed for isolated instances to treat pain and discomfort. Make sure to discuss with your chiropractor the treatment plan that is best for you.
Chiropractic & Back Care
The back is a complex combination of joints, bones, ligaments, and muscles. You can strain muscles, sprain ligaments, rupture discs, and irritate joints, which can all lead to back pain. It’s no wonder that experts estimate as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their lives.
The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recommends spinal manipulation as the only effective safe and drug-free form of initial professional treatment for acute lower back problems in adults.The Agency For Health Care Policy and Research
Chiropractic & Back Care
The back is a complex combination of joints, bones, ligaments, and muscles. You can strain muscles, sprain ligaments, rupture discs, and irritate joints, which can all lead to back pain. It’s no wonder that experts estimate as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their lives. The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recommends spinal manipulation as the only effective safe and drug-free form of initial professional treatment for acute lower back problems in adults.
Symptoms Of Back Problems
Sometimes the symptoms of back problems are deceiving. These are some common symptoms that might indicate you suffer from a back problem.
- Leg pain with numbness tingling, and or weakness.
- Back or leg pain with sneezing and coughing.
- Difficulty standing up after sitting for any length of time.
- Stiffness in the morning that decreases with movement.
- Pain in the hip, buttocks ,thigh, knee or foot.
- Inability to turn or bend equally to each side.
- Pain that interferes with your sleep.
- Pain that persists or increases after 48 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is it true that “cracking” your joints can cause arthritis?
This is false. Adjustments reduce pressure on the joints, muscles and nerves, allow the spine to return to a natural position and increase mobility. Side effects are very rare.
2. Is a referral from an MD needed for chiropractic treatment?
No, chiropractors are classified as first contact physicians by federal and state regulations. You should receive a consultation and examination from your chiropractor. He/She will then either give a diagnosis or refer you to appropriate health care provider.
3. Do insurance plans cover chiropractic care?
Most insured American workers have chiropractic coverage included in their health care plans. The federal government’s Office of Personnel Management provides chiropractic coverage for federal employees in several benefit plans. Many military bases and veterans’ medical facilities also provide chiropractic care.
4. Is chiropractic treatment safe for children?
Yes, chiropractic care can benefit children. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows in everyday life, as well as in sport-related injuries. These types of injuries could cause neck and back pain, soreness, stiffness, or discomfort, which can be treated using chiropractic care. Chiropractors always adapt their treatment to the individual patient, and for children, they are very gentle.
5. Do you help people injured in car accidents?
North Atlanta Chiropractic Center has been treating patients for auto accident injuries for over 20 years. Dr. Amaral attends seminars frequently to provide patients with the latest therapies and treatments available. The investment in technologies such as the Class IV laser therapy which uses red and near-infrared light for muscle therapy, pain reduction, and strengthening of deep tissue repair.