Chiropractic is a natural and drug-free approach to healthcare that enhances the body's full potential by removing misalignments in the spine and musculoskeletal system called subluxations. Subluxations can be caused by many aspects of your life; your diets, daily activities, stress, injuries, work condition, etc.
Goldorado Family Chiropractic uses various examination procedures to analyze and detect the existence of Subluxations. These procedures may include "palpation" of the spine with the hand, range of motion tests, nerve reflex and muscle examinations, and postural and xray examinations.
Based upon examination results, we recommend a series of treatments which may include adjusting the spine to remove Subluxations, modalities to help reduce pain and spasms and therapeutic exercises to help strengthen the spinal musculature and improve posture. We will also work with your physician, when necessary, to ensure a comprehensive treatment program and maximum results.
Chiropractic is a safe and effective form of healing without the use of drugs and surgery. Over 90% of the public that has used chiropractic reports being satisfied with the treatment they had received. And chiropractic is very safe with minimal risk of serious injury.
Today one in three patients with back pain consults a chiropractor and, in 1990 alone, there were 160 million chiropractic office consultations in the United States.
Most private insurers and Medicare reimburse for chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic has been added to health plan coverage because companies found it effective in improving employee health and productivity.
Moreover, employers have noticed that workers' medical and compensation costs are lowered by chiropractic treatment.
Since back injury is high on the list of workers' compensation complaints, it's not surprising that chiropractic has moved into this arena. One Oregon study found a median of time taken off work for chiropractic claimants with chronic low back pain to be nine days vs. a median of 34.5 days for those patients under medical care.
Common Myths About Chiropractic In my career as a chiropractor, and even before, I have come across thousands of people who have enthusiastically expressed how chiropractic has “changed their life” in very positive ways. While this thrills me, it is unfortunate that for each of these raving fans, I have also encountered others who convey skepticism and uncertainty. Typically these concerns are simply misconceptions or myths, spread by those who don’t understand the practice of chiropractic or its many benefits. So, to set the record straight, I have addressed some of the main myths and the facts.
MYTH: “Chiropractic is only for back pain or serious injuries” FACT: While it is true that chiropractic is extremely effective for back injury or pain, chiropractic does much more. Chiropractors also treat headaches, neck pain, arm and shoulder pain, elbow and wrist pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, pain between the shoulder blades and pain radiating around the ribs. We treat buttock and leg pain, along with knee and ankle injuries. We also treat Sports injuries, Auto injuries, Worker’s comp injuries and many more health conditions. All Naturally. Without the side effects of drugs.
Beyond pain and injury, there are more than 13 million people a year who visit Chiropractors as their primary health care provider. The chiropractor locates and removes interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to the nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may impair normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing the body to heal itself.
MYTH: “Chiropractic adjustments hurt” FACT: Normally, chiropractic adjustments do not hurt. In fact, most patients absolutely LOVE getting an adjustment and look forward to the time that they can get adjusted. But apprehension about an adjustment causing pain sometimes keeps the person who will greatly benefit away.
Over 1 million adjustments given a day, people receive chiropractic adjustments all over the world by the more than 60,000 chiropractors. Many have no pain at all when they first come to a chiropractor’s office. In fact most find greater comfort and relief from pain immediately after an adjustment. Some are in mild pain and some are in more pain. Different types of Chiropractic techniques also enable a chiropractor to administer an adjustment or manipulate subluxations without jarring or discomfort.
If you’re nervous about your first treatment, simply tell your chiropractor and they will help you to relax through massage therapy and other methods. Then you Chiropractor can use techniques that minimize discomfort.
MYTH: “Chiropractors aren't real doctors and have little formal education.” FACT: Doctors of Chiropractic are real doctors and are very well educated. Both chiropractic and medical degrees require a minimum of six academic years to obtain. After a minimum of at least two years of undergraduate work, the chiropractic curriculum consists of four academic years of rigorous study and training in a chiropractic college. This makes a total of six academic years for the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.).
Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, and medical doctors do not correct vertebral subluxations. After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor's education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques.
The table to the left compares chiropractic class hours with medical class hours. The hours are averaged from 18 chiropractic colleges and from 22 medical schools.
MYTH: Chiropractic care is fine for adults but should not be practiced on children or pregnant women. FACT: Actually, these are often the people that need chiropractic care the most! The techniques chiropractors use on these patients are similar to those used on adults, but are more gentle. Every adjustment is individually modified to the needs of the patient. Children are amazingly responsive to chiropractic care and often see dramatic results in a very short time. Studies have showed that chiropractic care of infants can be effective in treating colic-like symptoms. Many women report that their deliveries were faster and with less discomfort than deliveries previous to chiropractic care. Chiropractic management of pregnancy-related pain and biomechanical problems is very effective and extremely gentle. During pregnancy, all of the ligaments in the mother's body loosen up but become stronger. This allows the pelvis to open up during delivery. Unfortunately, this stretching of the ligaments often causes the pelvis to become misaligned during and after the pregnancy, leading to low back pain. Chiropractic care can gently realign the pelvis and help to stabilize the pelvic joints.
MYTH: “You have to go to a chiropractor for the rest of your life.” FACT: This is simply not true. You, as the patient, are always in charge of your health care. It's up to you how long you receive any type of health care, including chiropractic care.
In the early stages of treatment seeing a Chiropractor more often is often advantageous. Then frequency is reduced and exercises are introduced to strengthen the area involved. Once a condition has been stabilized and strengthened then patients are set up on a wellness program to maintain their current health level. It’s like getting in shape. It requires more time and exercise in the beginning but it is easier to maintain once one is in shape.
Many chiropractic problems are able to be corrected in a relatively short time. Some spinal problems can start in childhood, or may go years without any symptoms. Chronic conditions like these take longer to correct. Twenty years of bone decay, muscle damage, and scar tissue aren't going to go away overnight. Many patients have found that a regular program of supportive care to be the most effective in their lives. It's like regularly brushing your teeth.
The bottom line is that millions of people who have sought chiropractic care are “raving fans” of what it does for them. And those who have not sought chiropractic care often are skeptical. I suggest you look to those who know -- the “Thomas Edison’s, the Tiger Woods’ and the Christy Brinkley’s of the world” -- and the millions of everyday people who enjoy an improved quality of life as a result of chiropractic care.
We so often fear what we don’t know or misunderstood. Often the best way to overcome this fear is to simply be open to what it promises.To begin, talk with friends or colleagues who use chiropractic. Then speak with a recommended chiropractor about how chiropractic can help improve your overall wellness.