What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic supports the concept that maintenance of proper function of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems can provide for better health. Chiropractic is a form of health care that is drugless, non-invasive, and actively promotes health. Chiropractic care is a holistic, meaning that the entire body and a person’s lifestyle are examined and treated. When a chiropractor works with a patient, the cause of the patient’s physical problem s addressed and lifestyle factors that may affect the problem (such as diet, posture, exercise, and others) are modified to speed recovery and prevent recurrence. Chiropractic care uses natural health methods such as exercise, nutrition and diet, and lifestyle modifications to promote wellness.
What education is required to practice chiropratic?
Chiropractic graduates must have a minimum of six years of college education. Chiropractic education’s foundation in the basic life sciences includes coursework in anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physical and laboratory diagnostics, radiology, physiology, pathology, nutrition and public health. In addition, chiropractic education involves a detailed study of clinical sciences as well as clinical experience. In fact, chiropractic education is similar to medical and osteopathic education except that these practitioners emphasize surgery and pharmacology while Doctors of Chiropractic focus on diagnosis of musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders and treatment through clinically and scientifically established conservative procedures.
This education means that Chiropractors have the expertise to diagnose, treat, and/or manage many different health problems. If diagnosis indicates that another type of care is more appropriate for you, a referral will be made.
What is an adjustment?
Chiropractic care is known (but not exclusively) for its use of the adjustment, sometimes called manipulation. An adjustment is a precise procedure in which the trained Doctor of Chiropractic exerts specific corrective pressure at specific places on your spine or other joint. When a thorough examination reveals joints that are not in proper function, adjustments are applied to correct joint alignment/mobility, relieve associated muscle and nerve tension, improve balance and assist healing. In most cases, adjustments are performed manually or with a handheld instrument by the doctor.
What can I expect from treatment?
You will be asked to complete a comprehensive health history, including past health problems, diet, exercise, occupation, and other information of importance. Examination may include palption (examination by touch), strength, neurological, orthopedic, or other tests.
Besides the adjustment, Dr. Weinberg may use other modalities such as electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound, moist heat, ice, massage, or others. He will also take the time to counsel you about the prevention of disease and the methods for living a healthy lifestyle.
You may not receive an adjustment at every appointment. The treatment you receive will be designed specifically for you — based on your symptoms and examination findings.
Your progress under chiropractic care will be carefully monitored. The subjective improvemnt as well as the objecting findings will be noted, and your treatment plan will be modified to meet your changing condition. Communication between Dr. Weinberg and other health care providers will be encouraged for your benefit.