Chiropractic is amongst one of the largest complementary adjunctive medicines in North America. Chiropractic is well known as a non-surgical, non-drug, hands on care medical discipline, which focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractic Physicians most commonly use diversified technique in conjunction with a high level consultation, diagnosis and treatment. This combination of events helps create an excellent outcome that provides patients with preventative care for medical problems of the spine and extremities.
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Chiropractors use the most advanced evidence based techniques on patients. Each technique is used depending on the patients’ needs and preferences. These techniques range from:
- Diversified Technique
- Activator Methods Technique
- Active Release Technique
- Cox Flexion Technique
- Graston Technique
- Trigger point therapy
- Applied Kinesiology
These techniques are amongst the most popular in the Chiropractic profession. Don’t be fooled there are many more techniques not mentioned in this article. Therefore, if your curiosity gives you an itch. It may be time to scratch it. Ask a local Chiropractor for more information on how chiropractic can help you!
Chiropractors are known as the go to profession when it comes to low back and neck pain, but don’t be fooled as they are able to help you with so much more. Becoming a chiropractor is a rigorous process that involves more than 4200 hours of education after having a bachelor’s degree. At the end of the program a Doctor of Chiropractic is awarded to the doctorate student and thereafter the Chiropractor will partake in the board examination process. The education process has a similar first 2 years than medical school whereby heavy focus on neurology, pathology, physiology, and anatomy are met. Thereafter, the education focuses on the Chiropractic methodology of how to treat physical conditions with various technique.
Unlike the medical profession that uses surgery and drugs as the go to treatment for all ailments, chiropractic’s secret weapon is a hand on technique that helps heal the body.
Chiropractic has become stereotyped for its loud audible cracking noises. Therefore, some apprehension towards hands on treatment are an issue. Even though the practice of treating the spine and extremities by manual manipulation is extremely safe, there are alternative techniques with evidence based efficacy and great patient outcomes.
Activator methods being the most popular non force technique in the profession, it has allowed patients to receive treatment without any audible noises or manual thrusts. The activator has a special protocol that uses the patients’ own bodies movement with a series or reflex tests to evaluate each region of the spine and extremity. After diagnosis with the activator method protocol is met the hand held tool is used to deliver and thrust that is reproducible and faster than the bodies muscle reflex. This allows the doctor to deliver a thrust that is always the same and able to move a segment of the spine or extremity without the body tightening up. That way there is no way for soreness to occur. The tool has multiple settings for force regulation and is safe enough to use on a new born baby.
For most of us the results are the only thing that matters when it comes to treatment. However, what is the theory behind Chiropractic? Chiropractors have been developing the official Chiropractic technique since 1895 in Davenport, Iowa. D.D. Palmer and his son B.J. Palmer helped bring Chiropractic into an organized profession since its birth. Chiropractic was not accepted early on by the Medical association and many chiropractors went to jail for practicing medicine without a license. That is where legislation came into effect early on to designate chiropractic into a profession with its own license to practice. Chiropractic theory was developed on the basis that the nervous system controls all aspects of the body and that the spine and extremities can limit their function. With limited function different diseases would arise such as heart conditions, kidney conditions and many more. Today Chiropractic is mainly focused on helping patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
Chiropractors take an active role in helping their patients get healthy and strong. Chiropractors supplement treatments with rehabilitation to allow patients to stay healthier and stronger long term. Chiropractors work with other professions such as registered massage therapists, medical doctors and physiotherapists to create a healthy relationship where the patient can get the best care possible.