What is a Chiropractor?

Fundamental Beliefs and Goals

The fundamental beliefs and goals, which is essentially the treatment concept of the Chiropractor, is the non-surgical and drug-free return of spinal mobility back to normality, or at least to substantially improve functionality in their patients. This in turn reduces or completely alleviates irritation and or pressure on the nervous system. Their focus is on the intimate connection between the spine and the nervous system, and how structural misalignment of the spinal bones can cause ill-health in the patient.

Neurological tissue is highly sensitive and consequently any pressure or blockages caused by biomechanical injuries, tension, over-exertion, falls, accidents or other injury mechanisms, can carry serious consequences and not only in terms of back pain; in terms of many different aspects of health.

It is the goal of the chiropractor to restore structural integrity to the spine by means of manipulation or realignment, but they do not only play a healing role. Their role is to also educate the patient to be responsible for their own good health, and ergonomics, exercise and other means are used treat and educate, with good overall spinal health as the goal.

Chiropractic therapies have proven in research to alleviate, and even return to normal health many conditions which appear to the lay-person, to have absolutely no connection with the spine. We have seen positive results in the reduction of high blood pressure, hyperactivity, allergies, colic in babies, ADD and ADHD in children, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and other illnesses of the blood vessels, headaches, arthritic pain, and other pain associated with the neuro-musculoskeletal system. However, this major bodily system and the rest of the body is by no means mutually-exclusive.

The Chiropractor is a well-trained health-care professional, who by the most part is consulted by patients seeking non-surgical, drug-free treatments for problems such as, but not limited to:

  • Low-back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Repetitive strains or sprains
  • Headaches
  • Sports injuries
  • Car accident injuries
  • Arthritic pain

Chiropractic clinics and the health-care individuals who practice from these, use standard medical procedures of examination for diagnosis and treatment plans. However the examination itself is aimed at the evaluation of the spinal structure and function. Treatment is also focused on the spine, and it is this that stands Chiropractic apart from other health disciplines.

They are trained to evaluate the condition of the bones, joints, tendons and musculature of the spine, neck, head, extremities and other areas to check for misalignment, defects, asymmetry, tenderness, motor strength, coordination, nerve root compression, deep tendon reflexes or problems which may result in pain and/or ill health. Chiropractic training also encompasses neurological and physical tests, and their skills include both cardiovascular and orthopedic examinations, as well as well as other common
medical examinations. Specialized assessment skills include but are not limited to testing muscle tone, pathological and deep tendon reflexes, range of motion, stability, muscle strength and more.

They also have a clear understanding of laboratory diagnostics, radiography and neuro-diagnostics which may or may not be required for the Chiropractic care of a patient. And that is in a nutshell, who the Chiropractor is and what he does. This is a well-recognized and very accessible form of alternative therapy, and Chiropractic therapy is becoming more widely used than ever before, today.

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