1. What is a Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a healthcare professional who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those affecting the spine and nervous system. Chiropractors use manual manipulation and other non-invasive techniques to adjust the spine and other joints, with the goal of improving the function of the nervous system and reducing pain and other symptoms.

Chiropractors typically have a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree, which requires completing a four-year program at an accredited chiropractic college. Before attending Chiropractic College they are required to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. They are extensively trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, and other health sciences, as well as in chiropractic techniques and radiology.

2. What does a Chiropractor Treat?

Chiropractors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders, particularly those affecting the spine and nervous system. Some of the common conditions that chiropractors treat include:

  1. Back pain
  2. Neck pain
  3. Headaches
  4. Joint pain
  5. Muscle strains and sprains
  6. Herniated discs
  7. Carpal tunnel syndrome
  8. Concussions
  9. Sports injuries

Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to treat these conditions, including spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, exercise therapy, and nutritional counseling. The goal of chiropractic treatment is to restore normal function to the joints and nervous system, alleviate pain, and improve overall health and wellness.

3. What can I expect during my visit?

The length of a chiropractic treatment can vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of condition being treated, the severity of the symptoms, and the individual needs of the patient. It is typical for the initial assessment to be around 60 minutes as a thorough examination is required prior to rendering care for patients.

During the initial assessment the chiropractor will perform a thorough evaluation of the patient's condition, including a physical examination, neurological examination, medical history review, and orthopedic tests. The chiropractor will be able to formulate a diagnosis and corresponding treatment plan based on this evaluation.

The actual treatment may involve manual adjustments, soft tissue therapy, stretching, exercises, acupuncture and/or other techniques to improve joint function and to reduce pain. The number of treatment sessions will depend on the severity of the condition and the individual response to treatment. Follow up treatments can be from 30-60 minutes in duration.

In general, most patients will require multiple treatment sessions over the course of several weeks to achieve optimal results. The specific duration and frequency of treatments will depend on the individual needs of each patient, and will be determined by the chiropractor based on their assessment.