One of the most common questions that I get asked is, “What chiropractors do?” A chiropractor, by definition, is a doctor who uses the body’s structure to correct it. This can be done through manual adjustments or mechanical devices. The goal for these adjustments is to restore mobility and function to the individual. While there are some differences between chiropractors and other doctors who practice physical therapy, chiropractic care is not a substitute for regular medicine.
Chiropractors use spinal manipulation or other manual techniques to reach into the body and examine the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. The purpose of this is to find and treat those problems which, in turn, will promote health. Most chiropractors use manipulative techniques along with physical therapy. Some are even believed to use pharmaceuticals for patients who are beyond treatment by conventional medicine.
When people come to them for back pain or other problems, Thornbury chiropractors make a diagnosis, usually through spinal analysis. Next, they will recommend treatments which might include spinal manipulation or other manual techniques, or a combination of the two. They will most likely want you to try dietary as well as lifestyle changes at home to complement the work that they are doing in your home. If all of the above don’t work, they may refer you to a medical doctor for more aggressive treatment.
Chiropractors are specially trained to treat conditions such as scoliosis. Scoliosis is a condition where an adult human’s spine doesn’t form properly, putting them at a higher risk of injury or poor health. This can result in back pain and other musculoskeletal complaints, such as headaches, knee or neck pain, and tension in the neck and shoulders. Typically, when a person is born, their spine is perfectly normal. As a person gets older, or sometimes as a result of aging, the spine starts to become out of sync and it starts to put a strain on the body, causing pain and discomfort. Usually chiropractors can diagnose scoliosis by X-rays or through other methods.
Manipulation is the main purpose of a chiropractor’s clinic. The goal of a chiropractor in Thornbury is to unblock any joint or other areas of the body that have become restricted. This can be done by applying controlled pressure to specific joints. Often the chiropractor will apply their hands to different areas of the back and spine to loosen these joints. They will also often inject a substance into these joints to relax the muscles and tissues surrounding the joint, further unclogging them.
When a patient comes to a chiropractic care facility, they will be examined first by one of the chiropractors. Then they will undergo lab work, x-rays and/or diagnostic procedures. X-rays are used to get a closer look at any bone or tissue issues that could be causing the problem. They can also detect bone spurs, herniated discs or other problems. Many times, these x-rays will be sent to other health care providers for them to verify the results of the x-rays.
Once the lab work has been completed and an accurate diagnosis has been made, the chiropractors will begin their treatment plan. Usually the patient will be given a prescription for either a pill or a cream to be taken daily. They will also recommend certain exercises that can help improve the condition of the spine. These exercises are usually done in conjunction with the chiropractic care that the patient receives at the office.
What chiropractors do not do is prescribe drugs. They cannot give medications for your medical conditions. Nor can they tell you what to eat or what not to eat. A licensed chiropractor is not allowed to diagnose a condition unless a referral is given by a licensed medical doctor. This is the reason that the medical association of the chiropractic profession is against the use of their services.