As it is a medical field that has received bad press in recent years, people often don’t know exactly what it is that chiropractors do, or if they have an idea, they think it’s all about ‘cracking backs’ and that’s it. However, it’s a far more involved and complex field.
Chiropractors seek to restore the operational abilities of the spine by releasing tensions and imbalances there. This in turn allows relaxation of overloaded muscles in the area. Of course this means that it is often brought into contact with the nervous system as well, as the spine is such a core to the entire nervous system. This means that a partial field of chiropractics is involved in allowing the nervous system and brain communication to take place correctly.
What’s all this about ‘cracking’?
Some types of chiropractic techniques involve spinal manipulation to release the pressure between your vertebrae, allowing them the correct range of motion. However, it’s not all the techniques that they offer- there’s a lot more to it. General spinal adjustments are generally referred to as ‘tonal’ techniques. The practitioner may do such manipulations via instruments or their hands. All of the techniques share a common goal, however- allowing the spine to function correctly and the nerves to interface correctly with the brain and body to ensure smooth and easy movement.
How do chiropractors train?
Firstly, you need to know that most states require strict licensing for chiropractors, and you should always be sure that you are working with an established and licensed professional. Professional licensing is regularly renewed, and only where there is evidence of the practitioner continuing their learning process. They also need to pass initial licensing exams before practicing. Long before that, however, the average chiropractor will have undergone 4 years of training at a chiropractic institute, and will additionally hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
What can I expect a chiropractor to do for me?
Remember that this field specializes in the spine, hips and related joint. It’s not as easily applied to other issues. They will seek out spinal instability and imbalances, addressing potential injury sites as well as existing injuries. During your initial consultation, your practitioner will take a thorough medical history as well as evaluate the issue themselves- possible ordering x rays or lab tests for further investigation during the process. They will also perform a consultation and tests such as joint manipulation and range of motion assessments. Only once they have had a chance to adequately diagnose the situation will they advise if chiropractic therapy can be of assistance in your case. Together you will formulate a treatment plan that matches your needs and goals, and if you wish you will progress to the first sessions. You should not expect to be fully and completely cured after one consultation, and should take great care to ensure that you follow the recommendations of your treatment plan correctly.
Finding a good chiropractor greenville or elsewhere isn’t as hard as you may think- just be certain you are using a qualified and respected practitioner.