Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects on general health. Doctors of chiropractic—often referred to as DCs, chiropractors or chiropractic physicians—practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. In addition to their expertise in spinal manipulation/adjustment, doctors of chiropractic have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Learn more.
Safety of Chiropractic
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, joint pain of the arms or legs, headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Learn more.
Your first chiropractic visit
During the first visit, the doctor of chiropractic—commonly referred to as a chiropractor—will complete a thorough examination that typically includes:
- Patient history
- Physical examination
- Chiropractic treatment plan
Taking Care of Your Spine
A healthy spine is an often overlooked and essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Because so many people suffer from spine pain, it’s important for you to try to keep your spine as healthy as possible. Following simple posture, lifting, and healthy lifestyle guidelines can help you keep your back in good shape. Learn important lifestyle tips here.
Preventing Back pain with chiropractic
Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, some experts say, as many as 80% of us will experience back problems at some point in our lives. Learn how chiropractic can help.
Care of neck pain
Your neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. Incredibly, the cervical spine supports the full weight of your head, which weighs about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury. Learn how lifestyle changes and chiropractic can help.
The human nervous system constantly works through reflexes and postural control to keep our spine in a straight line from side to side. Occasionally, a lateral (sideways) curvature develops. If the curvature is larger than 10 degrees, it is called scoliosis. Curves less than 10 degrees are often just postural changes. Scoliosis can also be accompanied by lordosis (abnormal curvature toward the front) or kyphosis (abnormal curvature toward the back). In most cases, the vertebrae are also rotated. Whether caused by genetics, stress, injury, trauma or illness, scoliosis can limit activity, cause pain, or cause lung or breathing problems. Learn how chiropractic can help.
Headaches and Chiropractic
Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. The headache itself is the primary concern. New research shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. Learn more.
Chiropractic for Chronic Pain and Depression
Depression is the most common emotion associated with chronic pain. It is thought to be 3 to 4 times more common in people with chronic pain than in the general population. And, 30 to 80 percent of people with chronic pain will have some type of depression. The combination of chronic pain and depression is often associated with greater disability than either depression or chronic pain alone. This creates a vicious cycle—pain leads to more depression, which leads to more chronic pain. Learn how chiropractic can help.
Parents and Children
Chiropractic for Pregnant Women
The increased stress placed on the body by the baby during pregnancy may result in severe discomfort. Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers will develop low back pain at some point during pregnancy. This is especially true during late pregnancy, when the baby’s head presses down on a woman’s back, legs and buttocks, irritating her sciatic nerve. And for those who already suffer from low-back pain, the problem can become even worse. Learn more about how chiropractic can help, along with helpful lifestyle tips.
Sleep Ergonomics for Pregnant Women
It is possible and desirable to take strain off your back by making simple changes in sleeping posture. The healthiest sleeping position is on your side. If that’s how you sleep, draw your legs up slightly toward your chest and put a pillow between your legs. Some people even use a full-length body pillow to help maintain balance. Learn more about proper sleeping tips for pregnant women here.
Tips for Outdoor Activities with Baby
From biking and hiking to walking and jogging, today’s parents are keeping fit and bonding with their babies in the process. With an array of products unheard of a generation ago—like baby carriers, joggers and trailers—even the tiniest among us are enjoying the great outdoors. But, while these items can make life easier and more enjoyable for both parent and child, they can be the cause of pain and injury if not used properly. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) urges you to use caution and good judgment while exercising with your baby. Learn more.
Children and Backpacks
Back pain is pervasive among American adults, but a new and disturbing trend is emerging. Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that backpack-related injuries sent more than 7,000 people to the emergency room in 2001 alone. Read more.
The Important Role of Nutrition
There is no better way to rejuvenate your health than by eating more nutritiously. In fact, even a few simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can have a positive impact on your health—and can also prevent a variety of health problems in the future. Many doctors of chiropractic urge you to avoid tobacco products, eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and improve health with nutritional supplements. Learn more.
Better Sleep with Chiropractic
Sleep is critical to good health and functioning, and lack of sleep has become a serious matter. “Sleep is one of the most important functions of the brain,” says Frederick R. Carrick, DC, PhD. Through it, our bodies recharge and renew for the next day’s challenges. As wellness experts, doctors of chiropractic can provide patients with a different approach to their sleeping problems— without the use of sleeping pills. Learn more.
Challenges for the Elderly
Osteoporosis and Chiropractic
Osteoporosis has become an epidemic in the United States. About 10 million people—80 percent of them women—suffer from the chronic condition that leads to debilitating and life-threatening fractures. The number of people with low bone mass—high risk for osteoporosis development—continues to increase. Here are some tips to survive and thrive with osteoporosis.
Arthritis and Chiropractic
The word arthritis means joint inflammation, and is often used in reference to rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases include more than 100 conditions: Gout, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and many more. Although rheumatoid arthritis often begins in middle age and is more frequent in the older generation, young people and children can also suffer from it. Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in the joints. Here are some tips to survive and thrive with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
As we age, the bodily systems that keep us balanced and standing upright require greater awareness. For example, you may not see or hear as well, which can affect your coordination. Nerves that carry information from your brain to your muscles may fray and deteriorate, slowing your reaction time and making it more difficult to move away from oncoming pedestrians or adjust to icy patches on a sidewalk. Normal declines in muscle strength and joint flexibility can hinder your ability to stand, walk and rise from chairs. Do not let the fear of falling rule your life, as many falls and fall-related injuries are preventable. Learn more.
Fitness and Chiropractic
MAKING WALKING A PART OF YOUR FITNESS REGIMEN
Research shows a sedentary lifestyle has a debilitating effect on our health as we age, so exercise is imperative. Walking accomplishes all of the following and more:
- Improves cardiovascular endurance.
- Tones muscles of the lower body.
- Burns calories.
- Reduces risk of heart disease. Learn more.
Sports Injuries and Chiropractic
The bones that make up the joint allow movement, but it is the muscles that pull the bones that produce the movement. These include ball-and-socket joints such as the hip; hinge joints such as the knee and elbow; and gliding joints, such as those in the spine. Muscles are attached to bones by tendons. Tendons must be both strong to facilitate movement and compliant to prevent damage to the muscle tissues. Ligaments, which are stiff structures that connect bones, help to prevent excessive movement. Learn how to prevent injury, and how chiropractic can help.
PREVENTING “TEXT NECK”
Text neck is caused by poor posture when using a mobile device. It’s become common to be hunched over with your head drooping forward and your shoulders rounded as you become engrossed in mobile device use or games. Learn prevention, and how chiropractic can help.
Ergonomics for Computer Work
Jobs require workers to spend countless hours in front of computers while barely changing position are a recipe for pain and injury. Consider the following factors to help change poor work habits and reduce risk factors. Learn more.