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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, chiropractic in El Cajon.

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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 El Cajon 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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Many people today are opting for natural healing. And one of the most popular natural healing methods is chiropractic. Chiropractors are trained to provide relief to their patients as fast as they possibly can. A reputable chiropractic practitioner will recommend the smallest number of treatments necessary to help prevent the patient's condition from recurring. If it is your first time to visit a chiropractic clinic, here are the steps that might help you. - Before a patient is treated, the chiropractor needs to conduct an interview with the patient. This may be done face to face or over the telephone. During this interview, the chiropractor will discuss his philosophy and approach toward treatment. - You will be asked to fill out forms which will provide the chiropractor with the information he needs to develop your treatment plan. The questions on the form will revolve around the details of your condition. Additionally, you may be asked to provide details about your family's and your own medical history, past and current treatments, and other existing conditions. - You will then undergo a chiropractic exam. The chiropractor will conduct a few general tests followed by other tests designed to evaluate your range of motion, muscle strength and tone, and neurological integrity. In some cases, the patient may be asked to undergo further chiropractic tests. Some patients may be asked to undergo diagnostic studies after the chiropractic exam. Diagnostic studies can sometimes aid in enabling the chiropractor to make a more accurate diagnosis. These may include x-rays, MRI, and other lab tests. - Combining the findings from the patient's history, chiropractic exam, and diagnostic studies, the chiropractor can then proceed to make a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis has been made, the chiropractor will explain his findings, whether chiropractic can help you, the treatment plan, and the length of the treatment process. Actual treatment may start during the first visit or the following visit. Although treatment plans are tailored to each individual patient, most plans include adjustment of the joints, soft tissue healing techniques, pain control, strengthening and stretching exercises, advice on proper posture and movement, and treatments like massage, cold/hot compress, and nutritional advice. Treatment plans for patients are often divided into two parts. The initial phase is centered on providing immediate pain relief and restoring normal functions. The second phase is long-term in nature and is geared toward enabling the patience to achieve a good measure of functional independence which, in turn, should lead to the complete restoration of the patient's ability to enjoy his normal routines. These are the basic steps you should remember when planning to visit a chiropractic clinic for the first time.
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A Pediatric Chiropractor offers great benefits to healthy children. Even though your child may fall within the normal range on his Pediatrician's charts, it doesn't guarantee that certain childhood diseases aren't developing. Let's face it, for most of us, the medical system in our country is a crisis based system. After symptoms develop and become irritating enough, you seek medical care. The problem with that approach is that you can live with a suboptimal level of health for many years before a condition becomes critical enough to drive you into a doctor's office. That is why many people wait until they feel pain or discomfort before they seek the services of a Chiropractor. At that point, he determines if there is a misalignment in the spinal column putting pressure on the underlying nerves resulting in the patient's symptoms. Together they develop a course of treatment that will work to correct the problem. Unfortunately something that could have been prevented early on may take months or years to manifest or be corrected. Chiropractors as a whole work with their patients to develop healthy lifestyles allowing them to live lives of optimal wellness. They often correct minor spinal imbalances before they cause bigger problems to develop. That is why healthy babies should see a Pediatric Chiropractor. Your child's spine is not like yours. At birth, a newborn's spine has a single curve. Improper support or trying to force the spine to straighten up before it is ready, trauma during the birthing process or even passing the baby around to many people (all holding him differently) can cause subluxations (slight dislocations or misalignments). These put pressure on the infant's growing nervous system causing stress. As a result, the tension builds in your child's delicate system until he "suddenly" manifests such things as ear infections, asthma and allergies, breast feeding difficulties, croup, colic, constipation, a nervous child that cries a lot, etc. It can be very frustrating to be the parent of such a child because the cause of your child's distress may not be readily apparent. The American medical system often prescribes antibiotics, pain relievers and such for these conditions but they often only address the symptoms and never get to the main cause. A Pediatric Chiropractor will make a subtle, gentle adjustment to an infant's spine that relieves the pressure on his nerves and often the resulting symptoms as well. Many parents are amazed to find their child sleeps better, nurses better and is even relieved of reoccurring asthma or earaches. Before scheduling surgery for such problems, you owe it to your child see a Pediatric Chiropractor. Childhood is a rough time of life. Learning to walk, play and share often leads to bumps and bruises. Most of them are harmless but only your Pediatric Chiropractor can tell which one is potentially dangerous. That is why even healthy babies need to be seen by a Pediatric Chiropractor.
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I play a lot of hockey and have a bad back and have had foot pain for a number of years now and after much thought, I decided to go to a local chiropractor to get some relief. I had talked to a neighbor who told me he had a bad back as well and used a chiropractor on a regular basis. He recommended his chiropractor and I setup an appointment for an initial visit where they run some tests and determine what type of treatment you will need. The cost of my initial visit was $50 and the initial visit was about an hour in length. When treatment started, my first treatment was initially a little scary as I had never had my back cracked or manipulated before. You see, you lay on a table and the chiropractor puts pressure on your spine with a quick movement causing your back to make a popping noise, which the chiropractor said was a type of gas that your body produces and the sudden popping noise is harmless. Of course I signed the waiver you get when you first sign up to get treatment allowing them no legal responsibility should you suffer any problems or side effects. When my chiropractor was finished with the treatment, he put some ice cold gel, which is an anti-inflammatory on my back and if felt great after each treatment. I now use the anti-inflammatory all the time when my back gets a little sore from too much hockey or physical activity. I ended up going to the chiropractor for about 15 treatments and felt a great deal of relief from the chiropractic appointments. After each visit you feel so much better as the manipulation relieves tension in the body. The doctor also helped me with some stretching exercises for my back and showed me how to maintain my posture and keep good back health by even stretching a certain way while driving my car which was bothering me as well. He also suggested buying some ankle weights to help build strength for some meniscus pain I was having in my right knee as well which also helped a great deal. Overall I had a great experience with my local chiropractor and will use them again if I have future problems.
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Chiropractic spinal traction therapy in El Cajon 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 El Cajon . 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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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)
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Contrary to what many people believe, there are several types of chiropractic treatment methods. Different chiropractors will specialize in different types of treatments, and not every type of back or neck pain will require the same care. To this end, chiropractors utilize several different methods to relieve pain all over the body. Because no two spinal deviations are the same, no two treatment methods are the same. Instead, chiropractors pull from a wide range of methods in order to customize a treatment plan for every patient. The benefits of chiropractic care lie in the wide range of treatments, as well as the holistic approach to medicine that examine the entire body, rather than each part of the body as an isolated piece. One type of treatment involves a manual spinal adjustment. It's important that you ONLY let your licensed chiropractor adjust your spine, because only they are trained and experienced enough to perform these types of manipulations. Letting an unlicensed person perform an adjustment can lead to serious injury. When a licensed chiropractor performs an adjustment, you will be asked to lie on a special table. Then your doctor will manually force different joints into place, and will also stretch certain muscles that may require it. While you may experience pressure at this time, almost always there is no discomfort. Your doctor will likely recommend you return to the office for regular adjustments for at least a few weeks while your spine becomes reacquainted with its proper alignment. A different type of treatment method for your back pain may include rehabilitation exercises. Your chiropractor will teach you a series of movements you can perform at home. They will recommend you perform these exercises daily in order to strengthen your core. When your core becomes weak, due to lack of exercise, your spine is forced to overcompensate. This can lead to your back becoming misaligned and can result in pain in your neck, back, and in other areas of your body. Your chiropractor may use one of these methods, or may choose a combination in order to attack the pain aggressively in order to relieve it much sooner. Beyond this, your chiropractor may utilize Electrical Muscle Stimulation, also known as EMS. EMS applies a deep penetrating electrical current to the areas in your back that are causing you pain. While it sounds intense, this type of treatment is pain-free, and many patients enjoy the sensation. The immediate stimulation can reduce inflammation and decrease pain. Talk with your doctor about all the different types of chiropractic methods that can help reduce the pain you are feeling. In doing so you can take a proactive and holistic approach to your healthcare. Working with a professional chiropractor cannot only alleviate pain throughout your back, but can also do so in other areas of your body. If you're in pain, realize it doesn't have to be that way. Talk with a chiropractor about methods of chiropractic care you can use to reduce pain in your everyday life.
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If you suffer from reflux, or if your baby suffers from reflux, a visit to a chiropractor may help reduce the symptoms of this disease. Fortunately, babies often outgrow reflux once they have reached four months of age. The reason babies experience reflux is because they have immature sphincter muscles or because they have suffered trauma during the birth process. Chiropractic Treatment for Babies suffering from Reflux Babies, who are treated for reflux by a chiropractor in the first four months of their lives, respond very well to chiropractic treatment.The neck and back vertebrae of your baby can go out of alignment during the birth process. This is particularly true if your baby's delivery included forceps or a vacuum extraction, if the baby was delivered by a C- section, or if you needed to push the baby out for an extended period of time. If your baby suffers from reflux, chiropractic care can readjust any misalignment your baby may have suffered during his birth. Reflux is a common condition in babies under four months because the baby may have an immature or weak valve between his oesophagus and his stomach. Reflux occurs when milk escapes from the baby's stomach and flows up through the baby's oesophagus and back into the baby's mouth. When this happens the baby will vomit, often quite forcefully. The contents of a baby's stomach are acidic, so this can cause pain and irritation in your baby when he vomits.Chiropractic treatments can help your baby. The adjustments will help the nerves from the spine to have improved control of the upper valve of the baby's stomach and will correct any misalignment suffered during the birth process. The technique to adjust a baby is very gentle and you should see an improvement in your baby's condition within two or three visits to a chiropractor.A visit to a chiropractor is a drug free method of helping your baby to cope with the discomfort of reflux.Chiropractic Treatment for Older Children and Adults suffering from Reflux Patients who are treated by their chiropractor for upper back or neck problems may find the treatment will also help relieve reflux.If you have not considered chiropractic treatments for your reflux, you may be surprised to find spinal adjustments will ease the discomfort of reflux. Reflux may cause you to feel discomfort in your upper back between your shoulder blades. You may be helped by chiropractic adjustments to the spine. Chiropractic adjustments help to keep your nerve supply to the oesophagus and stomach in good condition. Patients with hiatal hernias may benefit from chiropractic treatment. A hiatal hernia occurs when the top section of your stomach herniates through your diaphragm. The diaphragm muscle may pinch the top part of your stomach and this can cause you to suffer from reflux.The holistic care offered by your chiropractor may help you to control the severity and discomfort caused by reflux. Chiropractic care may mean you can take fewer drugs or no drugs at all, to control your condition. Babies who suffer from reflux will benefit from chiropractic visits and parents will soon see a happier and more contented baby.
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Chiropractic spinal traction therapy in El Cajon 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 El Cajon . 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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Many people wonder are chiropractors doctors and what do they do? Chiropractors are required to attend medical school for three years and earn a doctorate degree. This is the same degree dentists and doctors have. Chiropractors study medication and therapy while in school and typically focus on treating problems with the joints and spine. Every state requires chiropractors to obtain a license before they can practice. The same department handles licensing for all physicians. These professionals use x-rays to diagnose problems and are responsible for devising and implementing a treatment protocol for the patient. Some treatments involve manipulation of the joints and the back. Chiropractors offer alternative treatments for back pain that are noninvasive and less risky that surgery. Many health insurance policies will cover chiropractic care. There are certain neuromuscular conditions that will not respond to chiropractic medicine. In some cases, doctors and chiropractors will work together to come up with a suitable treatment for a patient. A chiropractor can offer patients more options when it comes to nontraditional treatments. Alternative treatments may be incorporated into the program to speed the patient's recovery. D.D. Palmer introduced chiropractic medicine in the late 17th century in Iowa. At the time, there were many people practicing medicine that had no experience and were making all kinds of promises to people about special elixirs and alternative treatment methods. Palmer's first school opened in 1895 and his son carried on in his father's footsteps. Unscientific treatment methods were abandoned and many doctors at that time were actually in agreement with chiropractors. To this day, chiropractic medicine is shunned in some medical circles and there are many patients who are missing out on treatments that can help because their doctors will not refer them to a chiropractor. Much of the friction between the professions disappeared when a chiropractor won a lawsuit against the American Medical Association during the 1908s. The AMA was found to have conspired to prevent chiropractors from practicing their trade using illegal restraint of trade practices. Since then various chiropractic organizations stay vigilant for libelous statements that can hurt the industry. So, the short answer to the question is, yes. Chiropractors are indeed doctors and many patients benefit from various treatments they will only get in a chiropractor's office. Anyone with back and joint problems can seek the advice of a local chiropractor and find a treatment protocol that suits their individual needs.
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While money is not what should drive professionals to do their best in their chosen fields, it is important that they profit in whatever career they choose to follow. This is why they need to market their products or services in the most strategic ways. For many years, general terms in marketing have been used. However, there are different and more specific marketing approaches that are introduced today such as those that will be useful for practicing chiropractors. Results of these techniques are expected to come in the form of a steady flow of new and repeat clients which should start from a clinic or practitioner being widely known in the area where he practices. Chiropractic has proven to be a reliable way of treatment for certain conditions. Chiropractors have also worked hard to achieve a respectable position in the health industry. Basically, chiropractors treat patients with spine, nervous, muscular, and skeletal problems. Upon curing these problems, other body systems tend to function properly. Patients who are not treated immediately will have lowered resistance from elements that cause sickness and disorder within their bodies. Chiropractors basically help improve a patient's overall wellness. With the rising competition among chiropractors, practitioners need to use marketing techniques so they can have an advantage over others. First is to launch an effective advertising campaign through different media, including television, newspaper, radio and the Internet. The first three can be very expensive while online ads tend to be cheaper. Whichever medium is chosen, it is important that the chiropractor becomes known to people as an expert. When a practitioner is known in the industry, he will be among the first that people will consider when they need treatment for which a chiropractor will be valuable. Creativity also goes a long way. It's important that a clinic come up with various ideas to attract patients. For example, a free basic therapy can be offered with certain conditions. When thinking about marketing for a chiropractic clinic, location is going to be important. A clinic has to be in an accessible area which people can readily visit when they need to. Most chiropractic patients seek treatment for skeletal and muscular problems. If they have to travel far, they this becomes a major inconvenience for them. Indeed, it will help to have a clinic in a place where they can be easily reached by patients. Having state-of-the-art facilities and a systematic process also help as lot. Having services like this is an edge and a step forward for any practicing chiropractor. Of course, one should never close himself to new trends. One should never stop learning and have an open mind for suggestions.
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Chiropractic care has been used as a proven and effective alternative method of medical treatment for centuries. Primary care physicians are beginning to fully understand that chiropractic treatment can be a valuable tool in their patients' rehabilitation and in maintaining a healthy and pain-free (or as pain-free as possible). Physicians are suggesting to their patients that they try chiropractic treatment before resorting to more drastic or risky methods of treatment such as medication trial and error and surgery. Although chiropractic care is proven to be less evasive and poses less risk, it does have its own advantages and disadvantages which should be weighed carefully before choosing to proceed with this method of care. A chiropractor, or Doctor of Chiropractic, is different from a Doctor of Medicine. The chiropractor's goals are to "diagnose, treat, correct, and prevent neurological, skeletal, or soft tissue dysfunction by primarily employing manual and conservative therapies; the most frequent being spinal and other articular adjustments and manipulations". It is a science-based and holistic method of treatment that is far less evasive than traditional forms of medical care and rehabilitation. The focus is on getting the body working smoothly as a whole unit instead of just treating one symptom at a time. Due to chiropractic care being a holistic method of treatment, it is less risky than traditional treatments. Patients do not have to endure surgery, use medication to induce a comatose state to help the body relax to heal itself, or use medication on a long-term basis to control pain/symptoms. Chiropractic treatments realign the spine and joints which allows the body to naturally "reset" itself to obtain and maintain optimal health. To avoid further injury to current physical conditions and avoid any new injuries, it is paramount that you choose your chiropractor very carefully. He/she needs to be a licensed and highly qualified, highly skilled and experienced chiropractor. The first step is to research their professional Dr. of Chiropractic license and his/her professional background/profile. Inquire about how long they have been a chiropractor, research if there has been any complaints made against him/her, if they have any specialist licenses or awards, what services he/she is qualified to provide, and if their fees are reasonable (not inflated). If the chiropractor does not meet highly qualified standards then keep searching. An unlicensed chiropractor that has little or no experience or they are not highly qualified/skilled can do serious damage to your body. Often times this damage is irreversible and could possibly cause a patient to become paralyzed, permanently disabled or cause death (which is highly rare).There are numerous benefits to chiropractic treatment, but there are nine that are more prominent: improved circulation, reduction or elimination of lactic acid, oxygen and nutrients are easily delivered to the whole body, increased flexibility, elimination of (or drastically reduced) pain and soreness, faster recovery time, decreased frequency of muscle spasms, prevention of future injuries or further aggravation of a current condition, and feeling healthier and more relaxed/at ease (The Minneapolis Chiropractors).The downside to chiropractic care is that there are side-effects and problem areas that patients need to be aware of. Certain patients may not experience any side-effects until hours or days after their treatment. Some of the side-effects associated with chiropractic treatment are fatigue, pain in the area(s) of the chief complaint and headaches. Although rare, there are more serious side-effects such as: herniated disk(s), compression of the nerves in the lower portion (lumbar region) of the spine which can result in pain that is more intense than the original pain along with weakness, bowel problems and the possibility of a stroke. On the plus side, chiropractors will do a thorough exam to make sure you don't have any medical conditions that might worsen the current physical condition(s). There are also people that need specialized care such as the elderly, pregnant women, children and infants. This group is more physically vulnerable to injuries and need to have a chiropractor that specializes in patients that fit into this group. Overall, chiropractic treatment is less expensive than surgery or numerous medications. There is, however, a downside to the financial side of chiropractic care. Each chiropractic session runs anywhere from $25.00 to $100.00. The length of the session can last between five or ten minutes up to one hour. The frequency of visits needed to obtain optimal health ranges from two to four times per week. If you do the math, you can see that these sessions can quickly add up. Aside from the financial aspect, this method of treatment is "hit or miss". Some patients experience immediate relief. Then there are patients that, after numerous sessions and hundreds (even thousands) of dollars, experience no relief or improvement at all. The way to avoid further injury to current physical issues and/or avoid new injuries, is to choose your chiropractor very carefully. He/she needs to be a licensed highly qualified, skilled, and experienced chiropractor. You need to first research the chiropractor's professional Dr. of Chiropractic license to make sure they are legally able to provide treatment(s) in your state. Look at how long they have been a chiropractor, if there has been any complaints made against him/her, if they have any specialist licenses or awards, what services he/she is qualified to provide, and if their fees are reasonable (not inflated). If the chiropractor does not meet highly qualified standards, keep searching. An unlicensed chiropractor that is not experienced or highly qualified/skilled can do serious damage to your body. Often times this damage is irreversible and could possibly cause a patient to become paralyzed or (although rare) cause death. The above pros and cons of chiropractic care will help you make an educated decision on whether or not this method will be beneficial for you and your condition/injury. Choosing a chiropractor that meets your physical and mental needs takes time. Never allow yourself to be bullied or pressured into selecting a chiropractor. You need to another doctor that you feel comfortable with. You need to be able to effectively communicate with your chiropractor for optimal results. You are in charge of your body, so keep searching until you find a chiropractor that you have "professional doctor/patient chemistry" with. Talk with your primary physician about utilizing chiropractic services so you can start enjoying a pain-free life today.
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