Chiropractic was designed from the outset to be drugless, as an alternative to allopathic medicine. Drug therapy can be useful, but it can also be harmful when it masks the symptoms instead of taking care of the problem that is causing the patient discomfort or disease. There are times when limited access to pain killers would be beneficial to alleviate a patient's "unbearable" pain, however, I find that I just work harder to get the patient past that "unbearable" stage. The vast difference between the Medical profession and the Chiropractic profession is that Medical Doctor's can prescribe medications but are not licensed to perform manipulation. Doctor's of Chiropractic are not licensed to prescribe medications, but can perform manipulations.
Chiropractic is the science which concerns itself with the relationship between structure, (primarily the spine) and function, (primarily the nervous system) of the human body as that relationship may affect restoration and preservation of health. Chiropractic is a drugless health care method of relieving pain and restoring health. A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) can balance the body structures through specific movements of the spine (called a chiropractic adjustment) and assist the body to heal naturally by recommending good body mechanics, exercise, good diet, supplementation, and by using physiotherapy modalities such as heat, cold, traction, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation. In some cases, Acupuncture will be used. Most chiropractic physicians work with the balancing of the muscular systems of the body to create a more relaxed patient.
With such an abundance of chiropractors and specialists, many people get stuck "Doctor Shuffling", scurrying from doctor to doctor hoping he or she is "The One" that will handle their particular complaint. The Doctor of Chiropractic can eliminate the shuffle from doctor to doctor. As a family care physician, your chiropractor can be the primary entry to eliminate the "Doctor Shuffle." A well qualified chiropractic physician can handle 90% of your medical direction and additionally, have the expertise to recognize if your problem requires another specialists attention. For medical care, you will be referred to a medical referral doctor, who will see to your care in the proper manner.
A Doctor of Chiropractic understands your family's structure and support system and how that might relate to disease. With emphasis on musculoskeletal problems, Doctors of Chiropractic can effectively treat most of our everyday stress and strains. Knowing that aches and pains, headaches and numbness are correctable, you can make the treatment by Chiropractic your most effective choice for health care. Each patient receives a thorough physical examination to determine the amount and type of care necessary to alleviate your complaint. I will discuss with you the type of care that will bring you the most relief, and the time involved in correction of your problem.
Are Chiropractors Primary Care Doctors?
A subluxation complex is the dis-relationship of two or more spinal vertebrae causing one or more of the following:
Why Don't Chiropractors Prescribe Drug Therapy?
Sometimes this complex can be very severe (such as after an injury) and sometimes it can be long term (such as in arthritic conditions).
In most instances, a subluxation complex will cause pain.
Doctors of chiropractic treat neuro-musculo-skeletal problems. (nerve, muscle, bone) such as low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain and pain involved after accidents. Chiropractic care is also very effective in the treatment of headaches, especially tension headaches. We are the top choice by athletes who want to improve their performance and keep their body injury-free. Chiropractic doctors should not treat, and should refer to proper physicians, any patients with cancer, bone infections, HIV, fractures, or any neurological active lesion (i.e. neuroblastoma).
Actually, chiropractic doctors are PRIMARY PORTAL OF ENTRY doctors and cannot be accurately classified as primary care by definition. However, most persons writing legislation and insurance use the terms interchangeably and do not know the difference, therefore for THEIR definition we are primary care doctors. This means that patients can come to us directly for care, without being referred by any other physician. We are also able to make the appropriate referral if we feel x-rays or MRI's are necessary. The true reason we cannot fall into the classification of primary care is that the definition includes care for life threatening situations.
Chiropractic works through restoring the normal function of the spinal (and other) joints of the body and allowing the body's natural healing processes to take effect. In essence, we remove the restrictions to healing. (When caused at the spine, this is often referred to as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex). It has to do with removal of interference to nerve fibers through proprioceptive responses to the chiropractic therapy.
What is a Subluxation?
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This proprioceptive response creates measurable chemical changes in the body which affects the spinal nerves, spinal discs, muscles, ligaments and tendons. A Doctor of Chiropractic corrects nerve interferences and spinal misalignments through a technique called an adjustment. This is where a low force is applied to the affected spinal region(s) to restore proper realignment. For those of you who have been adjusted in the past, you know it feels as if pressure has been taken off the area almost immediately and is not painful. We do get many patients at the clinic who request a low force type of adjustment, so aside from traditional adjusting methods (Palmer Diversified and Gonstead), Dr. Jon Tanner is also trained in using the Impulse Adjusting Technique. This is the latest technology in low force adjusting that has pressure sensors to determine how much force the patient needs (see below).
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