We’ve all seen YouTube videos of people experiencing satisfying back cracks from chiropractors, but what does else chiropractic therapy treat? According to the World Federation of Chiropractic, chiropractic therapy aims to diagnose, treat, and prevent mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on spinal and soft tissue manipulation. Furthermore, it seeks to improve function and relieve pain for those being treated. This treatment can range anywhere from reducing back pain to relieving headaches. Chiropractic Care can also be a great alternative to your traditional doctors’ appointments as an alternate choice to medications, or it can work in tandem with them.
What can be treated?
While the spine generally receives this type of treatment, chiropractic therapy can help treat muscle and joint pain and stiffness, tension headaches, migraines, and whiplash injuries. Additionally, people who have suffered traumatic injuries from any type of incident can benefit from this type of treatment because it can also help treat any neck or back injuries, and any other pain caused by injuries to these areas (i.e., radiation of pain, joint stiffness, and strained muscles).
What does this treatment include?
A Chiropractic Adjustment is commonly used to treat these areas, and is often done with the hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled force to relieve pain or improve function. This can be accompanied by various physiotherapy modalities and procedures such as an ultrasound, electrical stimulation, soft tissue manipulation, exercises, and assisted stretching.
Should I see a Chiropractor instead of my regular doctor?
Oftentimes, you may get a referral from your primary care physician to see a chiropractor if they see need for this treatment, but you may seek this treatment on your own for multiple reasons. This alternative treatment can be a great option if you want or need to stay away from multiple medications that a physician may prescribe. For example, in Healthpointe’s Functional Restoration Program, we aim to treat our patients with these types of alternative forms of treatment so that they can gradually reduce their dependence on medications and get back to their regular lives. In other cases, maybe your condition is getting worse, and you are trying to find another form of treatment that does not include surgical procedures, in which case chiropractic treatment may recommended.
What can you expect at a first visit?
A chiropractic consultation involves a through chiropractic evaluation that will on average last around 45 minutes. Treatment may start on the same day as the consultation, but oftentimes may start at the next appointment. A consultation will go over a patient’s pain, history, and will build a treatment plan for the patient’s best care.
How Healthpointe Can Help
Healthpointe offers chiropractic treatment to any patients who we believe can benefit from it. This includes those suffering from workers compensation injuries, personal injuries, as well as private patients, athletes, and much more. Our doctors evaluate patients and create treatment plans based on their best needs, with a wide range of specialties, including chiropractic care.
If you are seeking non-life threatening medical treatment, and are unsure what treatment is best for you, schedule an appointment for an evaluation today! To make an appointment, call (888) 824-5580, or visit our website.