What You Need to Know About Chiropractic

Home » Blog » What You Need to Know About Chiropractic

Chiropractic care is professional healthcare centered on the connection between your body’s construction—mostly your spine—and how it functions. Though chiropractors can employ several different kinds of treatments, they mostly do special treatment called adjustments or manipulations on various sections of the body such as the spine to correct problems with alignment, pain relief, better function, as well as helping the body in it’s ability to naturally heal on its own.

Main Facts

  • Most study into chiropractic care is centered on manipulations of the spine.  This type of treatment seems to help some patients having lower back discomfort, and can also help get rid of a headache, pain in the neck, joint problems regarding the lower and upper extremities, and problems related to whiplash injuries.
  •  Some people report side effects after getting spinal adjustments that may involve fatigue, short lived headache, or pain where the treatment was done. Studies in chiropractic care often concentrate on safety.
  • Patients should report all the types of care they receive to all their healthcare providers. They need the total picture of everything being done to manage a person’s health. That helps make sure the person is getting safe and coordinated care.

Summary and Historic Information

The word “chiropractic” mixes the Greek terms cheir (hand) and praxis (practice) to define a type of treatment done with the hands. Hands-on treatment—particularly spinal manipulations—are fundamental in chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic care is grounded on the idea a person’s health is affected depending on the body’s relationship between its structure (mostly the spine) and bodily function (as determined by our nervous system).

Adjustments of the spine are a basic type of treatment when a patient sees a chiropractor. However, these aren’t tantamount with chiropractic treatment, as they can also employ additional kinds of care. Plus, other types of healthcare professionals also employ manipulations of the spine.

Chiropractic care in the US

Chiropractic care in the US is many times thought of as alternative healthcare. A study by the NHIS in 2017 including a wide-ranging survey on alternative healthcare in the US showed that adults using chiropractic care went up from just over nine percent in 2012 to just over 10 percent five years later.

However, there was not a huge change in how chiropractic care was used by children in those years, which was three and a half percent in 2012 and close to three and a half percent five years later.

Furthermore, an examination by the NHIS in 2012 showed US adults paid nearly 12 billion dollars on primary, as well as alternative healthcare with nearly four billion of that being paid out to see chiropractors or osteopaths.

A majority of those who go to a chiropractor are seeking relief from lower back pain. They additionally, normally go to a chiropractor for other types of musculoskeletal discomfort like neck or shoulder pain, hand or foot issues, or migraines.

When the NHIS 2012 data was analyzed to see how patients used alternative healthcare for back pain, information showed chiropractors were the therapy chosen most of the time. Amongst the survey participants using one of these types of therapies to get rid of back pain, about four million Americans (nearly 75 percent) used a chiropractor.  Out of that percentage, 66 percent said they got great benefits from that care.

Chiropractic Treatments

At your first appointment, a chiropractor usually gets your full health history and then does a physical exam, concentrating on your spine. They might also do other exams or recommend getting an x-ray or other test done. Then, if they decide chiropractic care will help, the develop a plan of treatment.

In the next appointment, the chiropractor might do some of the various kinds of spinal adjustments or other manual therapy methods. These adjustments are mostly done on the spine and involve the use of a special instrument or the hands to gently apply a controlled force to your joints.  The intention is to help restore good health by increasing range and quality of motion to the place on the body they are treating. Another kind of manual therapy chiropractors may employ is called joint mobilization.

Chiropractors sometimes mix spinal manipulation as well as additional manual therapy with a few additional types of care, including:

  • Ice and heat
  • Electrical stimulus
  • Relaxation procedures
  • Rehabilitative and all-purpose exercises
  • Counseling patients on their diet, losing weight, and additional factors regarding their lifestyle choices
  • Nutritional supplements.

What Science says on Chiropractic Care

Scientists have done studies on spinal adjustments for several problems from pain in the shoulder, neck or back to problems like carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, migraines and fibromyalgia. The majority of these studies concentrated on lower back pain. They showed spinal adjustments seem to help some people who suffer from those issues. (For more data, reach the fact sheet on Spinal Adjustments for Lower-Back Pain).

A review of scientific evidence in 2010 done on types of manual therapy prescribed for several problems decided spinal adjustments/joint mobilization can help for treating some problems along with back discomfort, such as migraines and cervical (neck) related headaches, sore necks, conditions associated with whiplash, as well as joint problems in both lower and upper extremities.

This review additionally found several issues that spinal adjustments don’t seem to help, to include high blood pressure, menstrual pain and asthma, as well as conditions in which the info was inconclusive, such as middle back pain, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint problem, pre-menstrual syndrome and sciatica.

Safety Issues

  • Spinal adjustments may cause side effects like fatigue, discomfort in the treatment areas, or short lived headache.
  • Rare cases were reported on more serious difficulties like cauda equina syndrome (a problem with a pinched nerve in the lower section of the spinal canal), or herniated discs getting worse, but the cause and effect are not clear.
  • Safety has been a top concern in other studies:
    • In 2007 the outcome of a research done in the United Kingdom involving 19,722 people seeing a chiropractor decided that people commonly have minor side effects after getting their cervical spine adjusted, however, they concluded there was an extremely low chance of a seriously dangerous problem occurring immediately or within a week of the treatment.
    • In 2009 the study outcome of research done using nine years of hospital records for people living in Ontario, Canada looked at 818 incidents of someone suffering a vertebrobasilar artery (VBA) stroke (which involves arteries supplying blood for the back of a person’s brain). It showed a connection between chiropractic care treatments and a successive VBA stroke, nonetheless no evidence suggested going to the chiropractor was any more dangerous than going to your primary caredoctor. Researchers credited the connection between healthcare appointments and a VBA stroke to the probability people who had a VBA dissection (which are when arteries get torn) pursued care for an associated headache and sore neck prior to having a stroke.

Doctors: Schooling and Licensing

Chiropractic colleges with accreditation from the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) provide programs to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. (The CCE is who the US Dept. of Education has certified to accredit US chiropractic colleges.) To get into one of these institutions, a student must have at least 90 semester hour credits of undergraduate study, mainly in the sciences.

Chiropractic education requires four years of an academic program including classroom study, as well as experience taking care of patients. Classwork normally consists of work in biomedical type of science courses, along with information on public health and study methods. A few types of chiropractors do a two to three year residency to get training in other more specialized areas.Each state along with the District of Columbia individually regulates chiropractic care in their area. Every state requires someone complete a Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at a college accredited by the CCE. Exams given by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners are obligatory to get a license and involve mimicking a patient visit.  The majority of states make it obligatory for a chiropractor to earn yearly continuing education credits to keep a license. The range of chiropractic care differs depending on the state it is practiced in. For instance, some chiropractors may also dispense nutritional supplements or offer alternative healthcare options like homeopathy or acupuncture.

Posted in ,

Comments

A WordPress Commenter on November 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Hi, this is a comment.
To get started with moderating, editing, and deleting comments, please visit the Comments screen in the dashboard.
Commenter avatars come from Gravatar.

(Edit)

Summer Of Giving: Backpack Drive

By Dr. Jason Crist | July 8, 2019

This month we are giving back to our community. We have partnered with CASA of Nashville in order to provide backpacks and school supplies to foster children in need. You can help by bringing in a backpack filled with assorted items (listed below) through August 2nd. ITEMS NEEDED: PRE-K 10 GLUE STICKS 1 PACK OF…

Read More

How Do Chiropractors Treat Allergies?

By Dr. Jason Crist | June 10, 2019

Almost everyone deals with allergies. During allergy season, many people stock up on over-the-counter medications. Allergy symptoms can include itchy, watery eyes and a stuffy, sneezy nose. In industrialized nations, the most common chronic sickness is allergies. More people seem to be developing them all the time. Studies say up to 40 percent of the…

Read More

Recommended for You

Summer Of Giving: Backpack Drive

July 8, 2019

This month we are giving back to our community. We have partnered with CASA of Nashville in order to provide backpacks and school supplies to foster children in need. You can help by bringing in a backpack filled with assorted items (listed below) through August 2nd. ITEMS NEEDED: PRE-K 10 GLUE STICKS 1 PACK OF…

Read More

How Do Chiropractors Treat Allergies?

June 10, 2019

Almost everyone deals with allergies. During allergy season, many people stock up on over-the-counter medications. Allergy symptoms can include itchy, watery eyes and a stuffy, sneezy nose. In industrialized nations, the most common chronic sickness is allergies. More people seem to be developing them all the time. Studies say up to 40 percent of the…

Read More

Stiff Neck Remedies

May 28, 2019

These days so many people are always looking at their phones or computer screens. It’s not surprising that the CDC and Prevention magazine both say about 20 percent of the population complain about having a stiff or painful neck in the last 90 days. Chiropractors will tell you that you usually get a stiff neck…

Read More
Crist Chiropractic & Wellness exists to help as many people as possible achieve optimal health through natural and holistic means. Our team is committed to restoring the body’s ability to express its true health potential. We strive to serve our patients and our community with a spirit of complete caring, by radiating health and promoting well-being.

Goodbye Back Pain. Hello Pain Relief!
Crist Chiropractic of Cool Springs Helps You Live Better Now