Why should I go to see a Chiropractor?
It's a great way to keep pain free of aches and pains. It also is a great way to ensure your nervous system is running smoothly without impingement in your spine.
Will it Hurt?
It is externally created movement in your body, you could be sore after an adjustment. This would be similar to if you had done a work out and got sore afterwards. Your body has to recalculate and assess where everything is and what has been changed. The muscles and supporting structures have to figure out what it has to accommodate to with these new changes.
DC's are highly trained to help the body structures. It is never the goal to hurt or cause a patient pain. We have experienced many situations in which we have to adapt to the patients apprehension or other factors that would lead us to modify our treatments accordingly. The only reason it could hurt more is, if you are resisting and fighting the motion of the adjustment (when resisting your muscles are being challenged in multiple (too many) directions and are at more risk of micro tears).
CCA- California Chiropractic Association (website)
Could a Chiropractor: Kill me/Break my neck?
No. It's not like in the action movies where a guy can twist your head around and kill someone in a second.
(is this possible?- in theory yes... realistically you would have to be able to use the weight of the person and lift them off the ground at such an extreme speed and be able to rotate the neck just right)
Will a Doctor do that to you?! Absolutely not! They have your health and well-being to look out for, not to mention their license!
The risk is there, if adjustment or movements are done in an unsafe and reckless manner. Which means you could be rough-housing with your kids and twist strangely that could create a bulging disc that can injure or put pressure on your spinal cord and/or cause radiation(other areas of the body to hurt) pain or paralysis.
A DC's goal is to examine your body and symptoms to make sure to take all necessary precautions for your safety! Side posture adjusting technique might be avoided if there is concern for a low back bulging disc. There are many different techniques to aid in these situations to insure the best outcome for the patient. CCA- California Chiropractic Association (website)
Stroke Risk? Very unlikely!
A DC no more likely to have an event involving a stroke patient than an MD is. The reasons are that both physicians are sought out when someone is having pains, headaches and changes in their abilities to complete tasks. Both MD's and DC's are trained to ask and look for symptoms of stroke and act accordingly when they present = Call 911!
Are Chiropractor's really Doctors?
Yes. DC's (Doctor of Chiropractic) are trained much like MD's or DDS's (dentist) are. They are required to complete between (90-200 units) before being accepted into the doctoral program. Then put through just shy of 3,000 hours of classes/ laboratory/ hands on education. Much like a MD, a DC is taught under a licensed doctor(residency) to see the real world application and learn from them. Then after, the entire 3-4 year DC schooling program, they have to pass National Boards to be allowed to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Areas of training:
Bones, Muscles, Ligaments, Nerves, Nervous System, Brain, Reproductive, Vascular, and Respiratory and other organs.
The list above and; Heart, Lungs, Reproductive organs, Digestion, Circulatory, Central processes(spinal cord, autonomic system...)
- Biology, Chemistry, Mirco-biology, Neurology, Pathophysiology of most conditions...
Enough to work with patients emotional needs to complete their needed physical care, not as their physician in a mental clinical sense, only enough to recognize issues that could complicate their care or health.
Body movement studies, muscle mechanics, strengths and
weakness of a joint, Function patterns, Psychology(thoughts) affecting the somatic(physical)...
- Rehabilitation (Physical Injury recovery and prevention), including Ergonomics
- Chiropractic Philosophy ( why moving the spine affects the nerves and health)
- Chiropractic Techniques & treatments ( listed on my techniques page)