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How can  Chiropractor Help you if you live in Norman ?

Before I begin, let me give you a little insight to where my perspective on the healing comes from. By training, I’m a scientist. I am really good at looking at issues critically and deciphering facts and problems based on factual evidence and sound theories. At the same time, I always had an interest in alternative medicine and while I lived in Seattle for 5 years, I had the chance to experience directly and learn various healing modalities such as naturopathic physician care,  acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic in Norman.

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Some of my knowledge comes from being the inquisitive patient, some comes from discussions with students of Bastyr College of Naturopathic medicine who I befriended while in Seattle.  While in Norman I also took several classes on Reiki, and became a Reiki Master/Teacher and hence I have the insiders perspective on how energy healing works and what it can and can’t do. I am a strong advocate of alternative therapies in conjunction with or sometimes instead of traditional medicine. However, recently, I have been really bothered by practices of chiropractor (some not all) and I feel that there are many out there that take advantage of the general lack of understanding of how the human body works in patients to keep their businesses going.

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Ruptured Disc As I learn more about chiropractic I am quickly realizing they have a huge job to communicate what chiropractic is to the general public. That mission can be easily side tracked while trying to run a business worrying about the day in and day out details. One detail that commonly gets over looked is a clinics regulatory obligation to provide a safe workplace under the OSHA Act. A quick fact - Employers with one or more employees must comply with OSHA regulations. This is no different for Chiropractic Clinics they are required to meet minimum OSHA requirements if they have one or more employees. Knowing and understanding what OSHA regulations apply to you is key to avoiding citations and fines. As stated above, chiropractors have more import items to worry about when running a clinic then OSHA compliance. However, not being proactive could be a mistake. While OSHA inspections are not common place in the SIC code 8041 (chiropractic clinics) they do occur. When a fine is assessed the average cost is $1028.00 before any informal settlements. Being proactive, and getting your OSHA compliance house in order can help you avoid this potentially costly trap. When developing an OSHA compliance strategy consider the following 3 key components- A safety program manual that addresses only the programs that are required for your chiropractic clinic that meets minimum OSHA requirements. To complete this you can develop one yourself, find a local safety consultant or search the internet to find a provider. A word of caution, many safety manuals are available online and may meet your needs for providing the required safety programs but not address the next 2 items below.- Ensure required safety training is completed and documented. Many of the safety programs you will need to develop and maintain require training at different intervals. Annually, is a common frequency but is not always the requirement. Take the time to develop a training matrix so you know when and who needs to be trained.- OSHA doesn't require that you complete physical inspections but they do require that you maintain compliance with standard requirements. As an example, the machine guarding standard would require guards in certain machinery be maintained. The best way to ensure guards are in place when required is to complete routine inspections so you can see they are on and working as intended. Being proactive when developing your safety program, safety training and inspection strategies can pay off if you do get an OSHA inspection and they don't have to be time consuming or expensive. There are many safety professionals that want to help you succeed. They understand your mission is to talk to the public about chiropractic. Not OSHA compliance and the details that come with a compliance program. Sore Neck

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Hip pain is a common problem that can be the result of injury. In addition, it can be caused by tendonitis or inflammation of the tendons. It may be due to bursitis or inflammation of the fluid that is present around the joints. Muscle strain can also be a cause of this problem. Whatever the reason, hip pain is definitely not a pleasant experience. The discomfort can range from mild to severe. Pain often radiates into other parts of the body including the thigh. The hip is a ball and socket joint - the largest in the body - and when pain is experienced in this area it can make simple daily activities nearly impossible. This joint is where the thigh and the pelvis connect. Hip pain can be the result of an injury and can develop suddenly. In other instances, the problem may manifest slowly as the result of problems with the pelvis or lower back. Chiropractors check and treat the hip joint when problems are experienced as well as the pelvic joints and the lower back. This method of healing is one of the oldest known to man. It is based on the theory that many health problems, including hip pain, are caused by the misalignment of bones in the spinal column. Hip pain is experienced by many people and often the pain is felt in other places as well as the hip. This can include the groin, the inside or outside of the hip joint, the buttocks and the thighs. This is what is confusing to people as they often do not know what exactly is the cause of their pain. The pain may worsen with activities such as walking or running. It can even cause the sufferer to limp. Using cold packs will often relieve the pain for a period of time. However, it is important to find the cause of the pain and treat it for the relief needed. Chiropractic treatment is a safe non-surgical way of finding this cause and treating it for relief from hip pain. Chiropractors can also recommend exercises that can help to strengthen muscles. The way you sit or sleep an also affect the hips and put stress on the joints. Activities that you may consider pleasurable and not particularly strenuous, such as bowling or golfing can actually strain the hip joints. It is best to stop these activities if you are experiencing hip pain until you find out the cause. The hips are essential to the movement of the body and when they hurt, it can affect many aspects of daily life. Hip and back pain are closely related and although there can be many causes the most common is a misalignment of the bones and joints of the pelvis. Seeking the professional expertise of a chiropractor is often a highly effective method of eliminating this pain. Allowing relief from hip pain without the need for drugs or surgery. Pain In Neck

 

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Before I begin, let me give you a little insight to where my perspective on the healing comes from. By training, I'm a scientist. I am really good at looking at issues critically and deciphering facts and problems based on factual evidence and sound theories. At the same time, I always had an interest in alternative medicine and while I lived in Seattle for 5 years, I had the chance to experience directly and learn various healing modalities such as naturopathic physician care, acupuncture, homeopathy, Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET). Some of my knowledge comes from being the inquisitive patient, some comes from discussions with students of Bastyr College of Naturopathic medicine who I befriended while in Seattle. While in Seattle I also took several classes on Reiki, and became a Reiki Master/Teacher and hence I have the insiders perspective on how energy healing works and what it can and can't do.I am a strong advocate of alternative therapies in conjunction with or sometimes instead of traditional medicine. However, recently, I have been really bothered by practices of chiropractors (some not all) and I feel that there are many out there that take advantage of the general lack of understanding of how the human body works in patients to keep their businesses going. I write this article with the goal to educate moms on the good, the bad, and the ugly associated with chiropractic care, especially as many chiropractors now advocate for 'maintenance care' not only for adults but also for children. As you will see below, I do believe that chiropractic adjustments can be very useful, especially when they are performed as part of the whole body healing, but unfortunately, when done in isolation, chiropractic adjustments often only set you up on a path of going, and going, and going back to your chiropractor for more treatments, rather than getting well. The work of a chiropractor is to manipulate the spine to remove misalignments. Misalignments in the spine are often referred to as subluxations. Traditional chiropractic philosophy is based on the belief that misalignments in the spine are the root cause of illness. Hence they remove the misalignments in the spine with the hope that the illness will go away as well. The idea behind this theory is that all body organs are connected to the spine through nerves. If there is misalignment in the spine, it will cause a problem with the nerves and then other organs connected to them. If you consider long term chiropractic care for yourself or your family, be sure that this theory of all illness originating from spine misalignments resonates with you. It doesn't with me. Here is why. The spine connects to joints, then to muscles and ligaments that support the spine and its structure. If there is a problem within the spine, the muscles in the close proximity to the spine misalignment (and often not only in that region) will also be affected. Typically some muscles will become overly tight and some will become weak, as muscles work in pairs. This is what's commonly referred to a muscle imbalance. In addition to the musculoskeletal system in your body, there is a biochemical system, and an emotional system. The biochemical system includes your blood chemistry, hormones, vitamins, minerals, and hence this system is vital to your well-being. Emotions, including moods and attitudes have also been shown to contribute to and to aid illnesses. The musculoskeletal, the biochemical, and the emotional systems within our body are very intimately connected to create our well-being or sickness. If we become ill, all of these systems will be affected and disease will manifest in all. I think it's naive to believe that all disease starts from the spine. For example, if you never go out in the sun and eventually become Vitamin D deficient, it is likely that you will develop problems in your spine since Vitamin D deficiency leads to muscles weakness. This in turn will likely lead to spine misalignments. Similarly, severe emotional trauma, never addressed properly, over time may lead to sickness which will likely cause some spine misalignment. I believe that it's correct to say that most illness will manifest itself in the spine, but that is not the same as saying that all illness originates in the spine. One thing to keep in mind is that the somewhat simplistic philosophy behind chiropractic and illness was developed at time when people had no choice but to eat minimally processed foods from local sources, before there were any chemicals in the environment, and at a time before drugs, vaccinations, and other environmental factors were impacting our health. In our modern society, there are other factors that contribute to creating illness, which must be addressed. In my opinion, removing the cause of the illness is the best approach for curing it. Finding the cause of the illness is often the tricky part. This is where a doctor with a broad range of expertise and education is most helpful. Ideally, the physician you pick as your doctor is familiar with how disease manifests itself in the musculoskeletal system, as well as in the biochemical and emotional system. Such a physician can best determine how to get all these systems back into balance. Chiropractic treatments have the best chance of curing problems most directly related to disturbances in the musculoskeletal system of the body. Many joint, and muscle pains can be aided by chiropractic manipulation. The question is, whether the pain will stay away. If the treatment is for an injury such as back pain due to someone lifting a heavy object in awkward manner, one to several chiropractic adjustments will usually get rid of the pain for good. The reason is that the cause of the pain was the spinal misalignment, and once removed, the patient is usually pain free.What about chronic pain though? Moms often develop neck and shoulder pain from nursing and carrying their children. Lower back pain and sciatica are also quite common. All chiropractors happily address these conditions, but how they are addressed varies greatly between chiropractors.It is a very common chiropractic practice to manipulate the spine to try to get it back to its proper alignment, and ask the patient to come back multiple times in a week, often for long periods of time. The reason for the multiple return visits is not addressing the cause of the spine misalignment. If the cause of the problem is not removed, few hours to a few days after the adjustment, the spine slowly returns to its previous state. Why? Because the muscles that are tight are pulling it in the direction of previous misalignment and the weak muscles can't support the corrected structure. So the patient goes back to the chiropractor, and the process is repeated. 5, 10, 20, 40, sometimes 60 times, usually 1 to 3 times a week over a course of weeks. Then once a week, then once a month. After all those adjustments, it is possible that the muscles over time slowly adapt into the new corrected shape from the repeated adjustments, but typically if treatment is stopped, the spine will go back to the misalignment as the cause of the problem was never addressed by the chiropractic practitioner. Many moms I know have chronic neck or lower back pain, and all feel better after visiting a chiropractor. The problem is that they need to keep seeing the chiropractor in order to feel better.The underlying reason for chronic pain is often postural patterns (such as forward rounded shoulders from computer use) and muscle imbalances (strong quadriceps and weak hamstrings in runners or after pregnancy). That's only part of the picture though. Spine misalignment can also be caused by and exacerbated by a food allergy, such as dairy intolerance, or vitamin deficiency. The misalignments due to these factors can be as severe as from chronic postural patterns. Chiropractic adjustments will keep making the patient feel better after every adjustment, however if the cause is never addressed, the problem will keep coming back. In these examples, it would make most sense to address the cause of the illness (vitamin D deficiency or dairy intolerance) rather than the symptom (spine misalignment) Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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Chiropractic spinal traction therapy in Norman is a method of stretching and mobilizing the spine using hands-on or mechanic force. Alleviation in pain is sought with therapeutic spinal traction by loosening tight and/or constricted muscles around the spine, and to help decompress intervertebral discs in order to relieve pressure on the spinal nerve roots, which is a major cause of back and spine related pain. As with other chiropractic treatments, spinal traction may or may not help alleviate your pain, often times with chiropractic treatment what works on one patient may not be right for others. Your chiropractor will evaluate your condition and determine if traction, and in what form, is right for you.

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Yes, a chiropractor can help people with allergies. Next time you are feeling unwell due to allergies, you should consider visiting a chiropractor in Norman . Chiropractic care is a holistic method of providing relief for the discomfort you feel when you suffer from allergies. Your chiropractor can successfully treat allergies by keeping your body healthy and less vulnerable to allergic reactions. A visit to a chiropractor, when you are suffering the symptoms of an allergic reaction, may help you to cope with your condition and make you feel much better. How can a Chiropractor help you?  Allergic reactions are common immune disorders.

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What Does A Chiropractor Do In the recent past, there has been a growing demand for chiropractic treatment in the medical sciences. With the acceptance of Complementary and Alternative Medicine branch in physiological treatment, Chiropractic form of treatment has also gained momentum in the medical world. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is seen as a parallel medical science which helps in the cure and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders with an adequate mix of physical exercises, pressure treatment (Acupressure and Acupuncture), natural medicines and supplements etc. Chiropractic treatment is one of the many forms of CAM treatment and mostly regarded worldwide for its spine care treatment. Today, there are many chiropractors offering treatment for spine-related problems. There are many institutes, research centers and care centers offering relief from lower and upper back pain and their disorders and ailments. They practice the traditional forms of treatment with stressing on pressure treatment coupled with technologically advanced treatment with the traditional form as its base foundation. Chiropractors across the world offer treatment mostly for the spinal cord. It is a popular form of non-surgical treatment for spinal cord disorders and our accepted in every nook and corner. Even in Vancouver West Broadway area, there are many spine care centers offering a wide range of medical treatment for various musculoskeletal disorders inclusive of Herniated Disc, Pinched Nerve, Stenosis, Back Pain, Whiplash, Scoliosis, Neck Pain, Headache etc. These Vancouver Chiropractors employ traditional forms of treatment of back-related problems and other disorders related to the muscles, joints, ligaments and nerves. They are not permitted to perform major surgeries but offer complete diagnostic as well as preventive form of treatment. They employ traditional forms of treatment inclusive of Spinal Decompression, Applied Kinesiology, Activator, Sacro-Occipital, Active Release Technique, Orthopedic Extremity Adjusting, Motion Palpation, Laser Therapy and many others. Hence, it is now accepted worldwide for its result-oriented form. Pinched Nerve In Lower Back

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Millions of people around the world have benefitted from chiropractic care. Contrary to what most think, chiropractic treatment is not about just back pain. Chiropractors help patients with all kinds of pains, including hand pain. In this post, we will talk about visiting a chiropractor specifically for hand pain, along with tips and suggestions for finding the right clinic. Do You Need Chiropractic Treatment for Hand Pain? Chiropractors use a hands-on approach for treating pain, injuries and nerve issues. Their treatments can help in relieving pressure on the nerves, which can be caused by many different factors. There are many symptoms of chronic hand pain, including numbness, tingling, weakness, neck pain, shoulder stiffness and general dysfunction. You may also have decreased range of motion in the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers. One may also have other kinds of issues, such as headaches, facial pain and other painful areas, depending on the cause of the actual pain. Patients dealing with chronic hand pain may have sleepless nights, as the pain might increase at night. In most cases, people believe that relying on painkillers is enough, which isn't recommended over a long period of time and that strategy is only masking the problem. Chiropractic care can help in reducing the symptoms and may offer instant relief. Chiropractors may use other alternative forms of treatment, such as soft tissue techniques to reduce the pain, in addition to using manual adjustments to make sure the joints are moving and functioning properly. Additionally, after the chiropractor has performed an orthopedic and neurological evaluation, might determine there are pinched nerves in your neck causing this issue, spinal decompression might be recommended. In many cases, these collective treatments can be adequate in reducing your dependency on drugs, medicines, and surgery. However, if the chiropractor finds that the pain is related to other things, they might suggest you to see a hand surgeon. Finding a Clinic. If you are looking for a hand pain chiropractor, be sure to ask questions specific to your hand complaints and find out what approach they plan to take. It's important that you select one of the known and experienced wellness chiropractic clinics for your condition. Check online to know what other patients have to say about their services, and most clinics have their own website, where you can find a lot of other details. On your first visit, your chiropractor will perform a thorough orthopedic and neurological evaluation. They might perform or refer you for certain diagnostics, such as x-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound or electro diagnostics. All of this is done to better understand the underlying causes of hand pain and how to best treat your condition. If the condition can be treated with chiropractic and alternative therapies, this will be discussed with you so that treatment expectations can be set. Also, they might suggest exercises or restrict certain activities, until your hand is more functional. Have a question? As a patient, you have the right to know the pros and cons of receiving chiropractic care, so that you can make an informed decision. Cervical Pain

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Many people choose to seek chiropractic when they have a pain not only in their back, but any part of their body. If you are looking for an alternative to traditional medication and surgery, you may want to consider seeking help from a chiropractor. Throughout your life, you may feel some aches and pains. Many choose to go to the doctor who may then prescribe some medication or recommend over the counter remedies to mask the symptoms by relieving the pain. While others may choose to suffer through, hoping it will stop soon; many others choose to undergo chiropractic care, believing that the body can heal itself with the help of a professional. With proper alignment of the skeletal structure, the nervous system can function properly; relieve you of painful symptoms and health issues. The chiropractor uses his or her hands to restructure the vertebrae. Many people's bones on the spine are not correctly structured, thereby resulting in subluxation. This can cause pain not only in the back, but also in other parts of the body. Misalignment of the spine can interfere with the nervous and vascular systems, causing an array of issues including pain, digestive disturbances and weakness. More and more people are undergoing chiropractic care as an alternative therapy. It has become so popular that many times it is covered under some insurance plans. If you are interested in the procedure, contact your insurance company to make sure the procedure is covered. More and more people are using it for pain and problems in the spine and lower back. Others have even used it to cure ear infections or colic in infants, as well as headaches. During the first consultation period, the doctor will begin with a chiropractic exam. He or she will ask you questions pertaining to your medical history. The doctor will also ask the patient to explain where they feel pain and whether there are long lasting health problems and a history of disease. They may even ask you about your dietary habits and any medication you may take. If you know how the injury occurred, this is the time to tell the doctor so that he or she can properly diagnose the problem. Many professionals use x-ray machines during the initial visit also. They will then start the procedure by manipulating the spine, which may produce a painless popping sound. This will normally help the joints. The patient will lie on a special table when this is occurring, to help the practitioner place the patient in proper positions. They may also try some stretching techniques. Generally you will need longer term treatment if your pain is chronic or severe or attached to a health problem. If you are in poor health then the recovery time can be long also. The doctor will discharge you and will follow up with you to insure that there are not huge risks or complications. The doctor will also ask you to do some exercises and may have you to use heat or ice packs when you are at home. If performed correctly, chiropractic treatment can do wonders if a person is suffering from certain ailments. If you are interested in some alternative medicines, then why not try chiropractic procedures from a professional who you can trust. Chiropractic Adjustment

 

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Chiropractic spinal traction therapy in Norman is a method of stretching and mobilizing the spine using hands-on or mechanic force. Alleviation in pain is sought with therapeutic spinal traction by loosening tight and/or constricted muscles around the spine, and to help decompress intervertebral discs in order to relieve pressure on the spinal nerve roots, which is a major cause of back and spine related pain. As with other chiropractic treatments, spinal traction may or may not help alleviate your pain, often times with chiropractic treatment what works on one patient may not be right for others. Your chiropractor will evaluate your condition and determine if traction, and in what form, is right for you.

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Yes, a chiropractor can help people with allergies. Next time you are feeling unwell due to allergies, you should consider visiting a chiropractor in Norman . Chiropractic care is a holistic method of providing relief for the discomfort you feel when you suffer from allergies. Your chiropractor can successfully treat allergies by keeping your body healthy and less vulnerable to allergic reactions. A visit to a chiropractor, when you are suffering the symptoms of an allergic reaction, may help you to cope with your condition and make you feel much better. How can a Chiropractor help you?  Allergic reactions are common immune disorders.

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Neck Pain Causes Chiropractors are health care professionals who prevent and treat spinal injuries. The main principle of chiropractic is to maintain the coordination between the brain and the nervous system, where the functions of the body are sent through the spinal cord and the vertebrae. One of the most prominent procedures performed by this branch of health care is joint manipulation or more commonly termed "joint adjustment." Though it is a popular procedure for chiropractors, it is argued to have no long-term effects compared to the use of other methods of treatments. The American Medical Association (AMA) did not recognize Chiropractic care for years. In fact, the practice has been referred to as "the committee of quackery." Chiropractor critics often disagree with manipulation of the spinal cord as part of the methodology of the practice. They express a great concern about possible severe injuries caused by this manipulation, especially the rotary cervical or neck manipulation wherein a wrong twist has resulted in trauma, paralysis, strokes and death of the patient. Although many professionals in the medical field s still believe that the methods used by chiropractors are unscientific, chiropractic is growing in popularity. In fact, you see many chiropractors' offices in malls and in gyms. If you are a health conscious, the advice of a chiropractor will appeal to you, because they emphasize a healthy lifestyle, rather than relying on prescribed medicines or surgeries. Chiropractors use treatments that are considered alternative noninvasive health care practices, and treatments for the back, neck, joints and other extremities are more accepted by the public nowadays. Spinal Decompression

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Anxiety isn't the only menopause symptom. Menopause can also cause a slew of other emotional and physical symptoms including back pain and discomfort. The good news is that menopausal women who suffer from back problems are finding relief through chiropractic medicine. What is chiropractic medicine? It is a treatment that assists in restoring balance, healing and energy throughout the body. When our bodies lack balance, the hormonal and stress response system are affected. Thus, chiropractic medicine works by alleviating pressure on the nerve roots of the spine, helping to relieve discomfort. It detects dislocation (subluxation) and promotes correction by encouraging the function, repair, coordination and communication of the nervous system. Chiropractic medicine is a non-invasive drug-free treatment that is performed by a chiropractor. How is it performed? First of all, chiropractor treatment will vary for each patient, as different techniques may be used to help alleviate certain symptoms or health conditions. Therefore, a chiropractor will want to know the medical history of the patient and their current health problems. Once this information has been processed, treatment will then be provided. Most chiropractors will use their hands to perform treatment; however, they may also use other treatment methods such as light, heat, ultrasound, electrotherapy and other special adjusting instruments. You will also likely be provided with information regarding a personalized exercise program, nutrition and lifestyle changes that can help improve your symptoms. Is treatment painful? No. Most people find chiropractic medicine to be quite relaxing. What may be unnerving to some patients are popping sounds that joints make when they are adjusted. This popping noise is the sound that occurs when a gas bubble between the joints pop. It's the same sound and feeling that happens when you crack your knuckles. How can a chiropractor help during menopause? Chiropractic medicine can relieve a variety of painful and uncomfortable menopause symptoms related to estrogen deficiency including: Back pain Headaches and/or migraines Stress and tension Neck problems Chiropractor treatment is also considered beneficial for treating the beginning stages of osteoporosis. It is incredibly effective at restoring flexibility to joints and decreasing muscular tension and pressure on nerves. Chiropractic treatment can provide relief fast, which is often why it is one of the most celebrated alternative remedies. That being said, you will need more than one chiropractic treatment. The average patient has eight annual visits, but this number will vary depending on the health concern. Are there any risk? It is extremely rare for complications to occur during chiropractic treatment, especially if performed by an experienced and qualified chiropractor. Therefore, it is a low risk, non-invasive therapy that is virtually safe for everyone. How do I find a chiropractor? Although you don't need to be referred to a chiropractor by your doctor, it is a good idea to first consult your health care provider to find out if he/she has any recommendations. You should also speak to others who have had chiropractor treatment to learn about their experiences and ask them about their chiropractors. You can find chiropractors to help treat your menopause symptoms by checking your local yellow pages, phoning your local hospital, or doing an online search with your city and "chiropractor" as the main keywords. Back Spasms

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Misunderstood a chiropractic doctor is probably one of the most misunderstood healthcare practitioners in the medical profession. Through the years they have been looked at askance by doubters who are full of suspicion. In times past, they have been called quacks, or worse. This is due, in part, to the public's narrow and limited view of medical treatment - being that solely of administering prescription drugs and performing surgery. It's unfortunate that the majority of people believe this is all there is to health care. There truth is there is more to health care than drugs and surgery! A great deal more! Sad to say, but even some chiropractic patients haven't a real clear understanding of what chiropractic is. And for those who have never been to a chiropractor, most are totally misinformed as to the make-up of the profession. The fact is chiropractic is the largest drug-free form of health care and the third largest form of any health care in North America. What is Chiropractic? The word "chiropractic" is a blending of the Greek words cheir (hand) and praxis (action) and means "done by hand." Chiropractic is an alternative medical system in that the practitioner takes a different approach from conventional medicine in diagnosing, classifying, and treating medical problems. Essentially, chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the body's structure - primarily that of the spine - and the body's function. Doctors of chiropractic use hands-on therapy called manipulation (or adjustment) as their core procedure. Comparable to an MD? So is the training of a chiropractor as rigorous as that of a medical doctor? The answer is a resounding, yes. Today's doctor of chiropractic receives an extensive educational background beginning with three years of pre-chiropractic study. From there they advance into a four-year course of study. A student of chiropractic spends as many hours in the study of human physiology as that of a medical doctor. Chiropractic programs require a minimum of 4,200 hours of combined classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. The difference between the education of an MD and that of a chiropractor lies in the fact that an MD trains in pharmacology and surgical procedures and chiropractor trains in the care of the spine. Worth the Cost? Some will assert that it costs too much to go to the chiropractor. However, the opposite is true. The fact is that oftentimes when a person is treated by a chiropractic doctor for one certain symptom, the adjustments (treatments) result in a higher level of overall health and well-being. This leads to cutting back on prescription drugs, preventing the need for surgery, and slowing down the aging process. Those who benefit from chiropractic treatments look at it as an important part of their ongoing health maintenance, similar to that of regular exercise or visiting their local health spa. They now know the difference - how they felt before chiropractic treatments and how much better they feel now. A survey of patients of chiropractors in an independent physicians' association found that, when asked if they would recommend their Doctor of Chiropractic to others, 95.5% of the patients said "yes." 1A chiropractor is a whole health practitioner who is concerned not just about your symptoms, but your overall state of well-being. What your doctor of chiropractic can offer, no other doctor can. Have no doubt that a chiropractor is well trained to assist you reach your own personal optimal health. Back Surgery

 

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