Today, well’ put a spotlight on what is chiropractic care and the basics that you need to know.
What is a chiropractor?
Definition according to WHO
Chiropractor – a health professional who diagnose, treat and prevent malfunctions in the operating body and the effects of these dysfunctions can have on the nervous system and the individual’s general health. Chiropractors give great emphasis on manual therapy techniques.
How it works in general
For example, neck, shoulders or back is stiff or hurts, and it is not due to any disease that needs to be treated in another way, one can get chiropractic treatment. Then, you can get less pain and greater mobility.
Chiropractic treatment is based on the decreased mobility of joints affects the muscles and nerves in the body. Therefore, treatment is focused on getting the joints to function normally again.
What to expect
Every visit to the chiropractor starts with getting examined. The chiropractor uses various tests to arrive at the right diagnosis. You will then receive treatment on a special massage table. The most common method is chiropractic adjustment, a form of manipulation treatment. One can also get treatment with mobilization, massage and muscle tension. The first visit usually takes between 30 and 40 minutes, and the other between 10 and 30 minutes.
You may feel differently after receiving chiropractic treatment. Often times, there will be less pain but it can vary. Sometimes you get tired or feel a little bad. One can also get muscle soreness, but it will eventually pass.
An Ancient Method
Chiropractic is along with other manual therapies like massage and osteopathy are some of the oldest methods of treatment used in the world today. The roots of the so-called manual medicine are of the Greek physician Hippocrates, father of medicine, who appeared around 400 B.C. There are also several thousand year old texts in China, Thailand and Egypt that describes the manual treatment methods similar to those used in today’s chiropractic.
Focused on function of the spine
Chiropractic is based on the view that if you have an impaired function of the joints, it can disrupt the nervous system and its normal control function. This can in turn lead to problems with the muscles and organs belonging to the nerve that is disturbed. Then, you can have problems elsewhere in the body, far from the place where the actual cause really is.
If you have a headache or feel sick can for example be due to the joints of the cervical spine function poorly. Tingling and numbness in the legs can be caused by problems in the lumbar spine.
When you get chiropractic treatment chiropractor typically uses his hands to get in a smooth way to get the joints to function properly again. This allows the muscles to work better and you usually get less hurt or become completely painless.
Chiropractic adjustments, which is a form of manipulation treatment, the most common treatment method in chiropractic. Chiropractors believe that there is a difference between chiropractic adjustments and other manipulation treatment, which is about the way it is carried out.
The treatment also includes training programs and advisory services to access the cause of the problems and strengthen the function of the muscles. Also, methods such mobilization, muscle tension and soft tissue treatment may be used for chiropractic treatments.
The different methods are also used by other professionals, such as osteopaths and physiotherapists. Every profession uses and combines methods in different ways.