Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors practice a manual approach. Doctors of Chiropractic are specifically trained to detect and correct problems in the spine, often before the patient is even aware they exist. Chiropractors provide diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.
Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan. They can also recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies. They may also provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
How it Helps
Most often, people initially go to chiropractors hoping to find relief from back pain. However, chiropractors treat a broad range of complaints, from back and neck pain to headaches, arthritis and more. Chiropractic differs from many other health care disciplines by shifting the focus from the superficial symptoms to their underlying cause. Moreover, people don’t need to have a specific complaint to benefit from a visit. Chiropractors also focus on on-going preventive and wellness care. Chiropractic care is effective for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
If you would like to talk to a pt Health chiropractor to help determine if chiropractic is a suitable choice for your health care goals, contact us for an appointment and one of our highly trained professionals will contact you.
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The Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society (October 2008) concludes that spinal manipulation is to be considered for acute and sub acute low back pain. In essence, the medical and chiropractic practice guidelines for low back pain are fundamentally the same.
Meanwhile, according to the Effectiveness of Manual Therapies: The UK Evidence Report, researchers concluded that spinal manipulation/mobilization is effective in adults for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain; migraine and cervicogenic headache and cervicogenic dizziness. Manipulation/ mobilization is effective for several extremity joint conditions and thoracic manipulation/mobilization is effective for acute/subacute neck pain.