Essentially, a chiropractor is a healthcare expert who enlists hands on manipulation of the spine. As such a chiropractor diagnoses and treats neuro-muscular disorders through manual adjustment of the spine. Through this manipulation, chiropractors endeavour to lessen pain and improve functionality of the patient and inform on how to account for the health of their spine through exercise, ergonomics as well as other therapies that help treat back aches.
Fundamentally, chiropractors focus on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. Additionally, they hold true the following principles in their practice.
· Structural and bio-mechanical disorder of the spine can have an effect on the nervous system.
· Chiropractic treatment can help restore the spine’s structural integrity and subsequently improve the patient’s health.
By so doing, the chiropractor manages to treat the following conditions.
· *Repetitive strains.
· *Sports injuries.
· *Neck pain.
· *Lower back pain and leg pain.
· *Car accident injuries.
· *Arthritic pain.
Additionally, the chiropractic profession is not restricted to the bio-mechanical manipulation and adjustment of the spine. A chiropractor can also make use of nutritional counselling and exercise which helps in rehabilitation and treatment of back pains.
Before your local chiropractor begins their deep tissue massage so as to manually adjust the spine, it is imperative that they have a thorough medical history of the patient. The reason for having a patients medical history is because there are some conditions that do not allow a patient to undergo spinal adjustment. They include;
· A patient with osteoporosis.
· Patients with Spinal cord compression.
· Patients with inflammatory arthritis.
· Patients who are taking blood thinning medication.
Additionally, a chiropractor should also be aware of any traumatic or surgical history that may aggravate the spine during or after a chiropractic session. Therefore, it is imperative that the patient consults their medical doctor before they begin their sessions with the chiropractor.
Choosing a chiropractor may not be as simple as one would expect. Essentially, chiropractic treatment is physical; therefore, the patient needs to find a doctor with whom they will have good rapport. Additionally, the patient should be comfortable with the joint manipulation style that the chiropractor intends to enlist. As such, it is important for the patient to interview the prospective chiropractor in order to find out if they will be comfortable with the chiropractic care they receive. The patient can start the process of looking for a chiropractor from their primary care doctor. The patient can also get recommendations from family members or work mates. With a good chiropractor aiding in spinal adjustment, the patient is assured of relief from the above stated conditions that bio-mechanical manipulation of the spine helps alleviate.