Nowadays, we can’t avoid being rationally unhealthy even if we swore to take care of ourselves. For people who are working 8 hours a day, in front of a computer, on a desk; eye strain and back pains might be your worst nightmare. At times, back pains could be leading to more serious matters, giving way for chiropractic treatment to be done.
Chiropractic treatments are dedicated to the non-surgical ways of treating disorders of the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic treatment focuses on spinal manipulation and treatment of like structures.
Professionals who handle most chiropractic treatments are called chiropractors. Currently, there are numerous chiropractors practicing in up to 100 countries in the world; but most chiropractors are present in Australia, North America and several parts of Europe.
Aspiring chiropractors without prior health care education or experience must spend at least 4,200 hours or four years of full time education; including a 1000 hour minimum clinical training. After having a degree in chiropractic, chiropractors need to be licensed in order for them to practice legally.
Several studies have given us a conclusion that manual therapies commonly applied by chiropractors are generally effective for lower back pain, neck pain, as well as treating a lumbar herniated disc. Patients with non-specific chronic low back pain that are treated by chiropractors should obtain maintenance spinal manipulation after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.
Excellent chiropractors do everything in order to help lessen the pain their patients deal with as fast as possible. Chiropractic treatment also makes sure that a treated patient should be given ample advice on how to avoid future episodes of back pain or sciatica.
For patients, asking proper questions to your chiropractors is the best way to get through what you are feeling. Their profession has a large variety of practice philosophies and techniques so it would not hurt a bit if you ask them all the necessary questions.
On your first chiropractic consultation session, it could take around 45 minutes for you and your chiropractor to go through the chiropractic exam. Some people conduct an initial interview with the chiropractor either over the phone or in person that is focused on discussion (e.g. about the chiropractor’s philosophy, expertise and general approach, and the patient’s preferences) and does not include a clinical exam.
But on your clinical chiropractic exam, 3 areas are covered. They should be classified into patient history and symptoms, the chiropractic exam, and diagnostic studies. For the first part, the patient will be asked to fill out forms regarding his symptoms and condition. The patient should be asked questions such as these: When and how did the pain start?; Describe the pain; Where is it located?; Did it start as a result of injury?; What do you do to make it better? or worse?
Patients are also encouraged to provide information on medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions and previous health providers and treatments.
On the other hand, focusing on the chiropractic exam itself; the patient should undergo a series of general tests such as blood pressure, respiration, pulse, reflexes, and as well as specific neurological and orthopedic tests to assess muscle tone, muscle strength, neurological integrity and range of motion of the affected part.
Based upon the results of the patient’s history and chiropractic exam, diagnostic studies may be helpful in revealing pathologies and identifying structural abnormalities to more accurately diagnose a condition.
Diagnostic studies are not always necessary during the chiropractic exam, and should only be undertaken if the chiropractor has a good reason to believe that the X-ray or other test will provide information needed to guide the patient’s treatment program.
The most common diagnostic studies during chiropractic exams include: X-ray exam, MRI scan, and other laboratory tests.
Many chiropractic clinics can perform basic X-rays, but an MRI scan and more extensive imaging studies are usually referred to an outside center.
After doing all the necessary diagnostic plans, your chiropractor might enroll you in a chiropractic treatment plan. This plan have goals such as adjustments to key joint dysfunctions, stretching exercises to improve muscle balance, strength and coordination; patient education to improve posture and motor control and reduce anxiety; and other treatments such as heat or cold application, massage, and education on nutrition. If appropriate, the patient is subject to chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation. This treatment is a popular pain relief treatment for many types of lower back pain, sciatica and neck pain.
After diagnosis and further treatment, chiropractic patients could also undergo exercise and chiropractic therapy. If a patient has a history of heart problems, it is important for the patient to consult with not only the doctor of chiropractic but their primary care physician to be certain that they can tolerate cardiovascular fitness-promoting activities. Specific instructions are given by the chiropractor with respect to proper exercise for the patient’s condition before beginning any exercise program.
Studies have reported that exercise could manage acute and chronic low back pain, strengthens the low back, preventing pain and improve the general quality of the patient’s life.