A lot of people continue to be frightened of trying alternative
treatments, especially chiropractic care, due to myths and
misconceptions. Here are a few basic misconceptions you may have heard
about chiropractic care:
Misconception 1: Chiropractic Care is Agonizing
care is by and large pain-free. Many patients instantly feel relieved
and also relaxed following treatment procedures. Others even describe
the procedure and experience as being much like a good therapeutic
massage. Individuals who have always been affected by neck pain and back
pain can experience a bit of discomfort, however their sessions end up
being much more relaxing and comfortable with time.
adult people will enjoy chiropractic therapies. Chiropractic therapy for
youngsters as well as babies is likewise usually pain-free, despite the
fact that kids may feel trepidation and fright in the beginning.
session might range from thirty to sixty minutes, dependent upon the
disorder being dealt with and also the affected regions. Patients can
experience discomfort or perhaps slight pain dependent upon the
seriousness of the problem, in addition to their own personal threshold
Misconception 2: Chiropractic Care Can Be Dangerous
care is extremely safe. Chiropractic corrections are believed to be
amongst the safest treatments regarding neck and back pain. The danger
regarding having serious complications as a result of spinal
manipulation is in fact unheard of. Spinal adjustment is actually
recommended by nearly all physicians, before people are generally
advised to have surgical procedures. The alternative treatment is
likewise viewed as a preliminary choice before you take powerful
prescription drugs such as steroids or antidepressants.
Misconception 3: Chiropractic Doctors Are Less Competent In comparison to Medical Doctors
doctors actually undergo extremely stringent and demanding training and
education. These kinds of courses are much like those undertaken by
medical doctors, apart from subject matter such as surgical procedures
and pharmacology. Chiropractic doctors have to study for two to four
years initially as an undergraduate, prior to completing four to five
years of academic studies in a chiropractic college.
professionals are therefore well-equipped in things like pathology,
radiology, bio-mechanics, differential diagnosis, physiology,
chiropractic correction techniques, along with other health issues.
Additionally, there are State and also National Board Examinations to
guarantee certification. Ongoing training is necessary for all
chiropractors as well.
Misconception 4: Chiropractic Care is Expensive
care is actually deemed to be both efficient and also cost-effective.
Chiropractic care is usually significantly less expensive in comparison
to having major medical treatments such as surgery and going on
long-term prescription drug plans. Chiropractic care patients found that
they may have substantially reduced costs regarding inpatient
appointments, healthcare programs and medicines.
consultations are usually quick and inexpensive. Individuals might only
have to see their chiropractors a couple of times each year, dependent
upon the progress regarding the problem. When patients have successfully
completed a therapy program, they are given a choice to carry on
receiving treatment or to opt for occasional sessions.
plans are also offered in order to help individuals eliminate back,
spine and throat troubles before significant interventions are needed.
Dr. Pazdel talks about concussion, what it is, many of the symptoms that may point toward it and how the lingering effects can often affect the neck causing pain, stiffness, and more. This is where chiropractic treatment may be of great benefit to return to full health.
Conventional medicine is built on treating illnesses with two
tools and only two tools: drugs and surgery. You can visualize a
conventional doctor as a workman who carries only a hammer and a screw
driver. To be fair, they're the absolute best hammer and screw driver
that science can build, and the workman is very, very good with those
particular tools; if you need a nail or screw driven, this is the guy
you want to hire.
But back pain isn't all just nails to be
hammered and screws to be driven. Back pain can be caused by multiple
factors, and each cause can require a different kind of treatment.Would
it make sense to fix everything with only two tools even though that the
problem may require other tools? Would it be better to patch the road
or fix it at its root?
For example, if drugs are used to treat a
spinal misalignment, will that correct that misalignment that is causing
the pain? Or will that just temporary inhibit the pain without treating
the cause? Ultimately, medications are there to just block the pain,
and although this eases the anguish associated with back pain, it does
not restore the functional biomechanics. Even worse, while prescription
drugs can be effective at treating pain, in most cases they can't do
anything to fix the underlying problem causing that pain. This means
that if you want that pain to stay away, you have to keep taking those
drugs until the cause of the pain somehow fixes itself. That's a life
sentence of sky-high medical bills and side effects!
Pain is a
sign that something is seriously wrong with the body, and blocking that
mechanism will only cause more damage in the long run. Wouldn't it be
better to treat the underlying problem and restore its proper function?
surgery, while generally more effective at treating the root cause of a
problem, can be even more dangerous. Iatrogenic disease-that is,
illnesses caused by doctors-is currently the number three cause of death
for Americans, behind only cancer and heart disease. Every time a
patient goes under the knife, no matter how necessary, they are taking
their life in their hands. Again, there are certainly conditions where
surgery is the best option, but why put up with the risks of surgery
when there are alternative treatments that can deal with a problem
before it gets bad enough for surgery to be the only option?
short, when it comes to back pain, conventional medicine comes at the
problem with nothing but that hammer and screw driver, and whatever the
cause of the pain may be, those are the tools you get. Given the
alternative, wouldn't you rather be treated by someone with a complete
toolbox, a medical practitioner who approaches each problem by its own
standards instead of using the same approach to every malady?
how inadequate the drugs-and-surgery method is at effectively treating
back pain, is it any surprise that millions of Americans are seeing
Doctors of Chiropractic? Chiropractic medicine, unlike conventional
medicine, isn't about treating symptoms, but about treating people.
Doctors of Chiropractic make use of a wide range of methods and
equipment to treat a variety of problems. After all, chronic disorders
such as back pain result in almost 80% of health care expenditures in
the United States, and chronic disease can't generally be fixed with
drugs or surgery. Chiropractor helps patients look at their lifestyle
and medical history as a whole so they can treat the root cause of
chronic pain-and "treat" doesn't mean "make it go away by taking a
Let's examine why more and more people are looking to chiropractor to treat their back pain:
Chiropractic is Safe and All Natural
to the dangers of surgery as described above, chiropractic is
incredibly safe, with injury to patients during spinal manipulation
reported in fewer than one in three million adjustments. Doctors of
chiropractic make use of all natural remedies instead of relying on
prescription drugs, which lead to millions of hospitalizations annually.
The safety of chiropractic explains why malpractice insurance is one of
the lowest of any medical practitioner.
Chiropractic is Effective for Back Pain
effectiveness of chiropractic in treating back pain has been proven
countless times. In fact, chiropractic is so effective that the Ontario
Ministry of Health recommended that chiropractic should be the preferred
treatment for lower back pain, with traditional medicine not even in
the running. Chiropractic patients have reported being happier with
chiropractic treatment than traditional medicine in startling numbers,
citing the communicativeness of chiropractor, the low cost of treatment
compared to traditional medicine, and most importantly, the
effectiveness at reducing pain compared to drugs and surgery.
Chiropractic Has Shown to Reduce Hospital Admissions and Healthcare Costs
of Chiropractic don't just keep their patients safe when treating back
pain; they actually reduce hospital admissions as a result of their
treatment. According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological
Therapeutics, patients who saw chiropractor as their primary care
physician experienced 43% fewer hospitalizations and had more than 50%
reduction of their pharmaceutical costs. Considering how many hospital
visits result in iatrogenic disease, it's not only better financially to
avoid hospitalization, it's a lot safer, too!
Chiropractic is the
not answer to every health ailment. However, for musculoskeletal issues
such as back and neck pain, headaches, and other related disorders, it
is a safer and more effective treatment than drugs and surgery.
Most people go to a chiropractor initially to address pain they are experiencing in their back or neck.
chiropractic has proven time and time again to be a highly effective
means for reducing back and neck pain, what about after the pain
What are the benefits of chiropractic in asymptomatic
people that no longer have, or even that have never experienced, spine
If you have been to a chiropractor in the past or
even if you have a family member that has used chiropractic services,
you have likely heard that the doctor recommended services even once the
pain is gone.
This post-pain service is commonly referred to as
preventative or maintenance care and is a little controversial in some
circles as to if it is truly beneficial for people without pain.
any chiropractor that not only practices in the profession for a living
but also no doubt receives the very same type of treatment they provide
on a 'preventative' or 'maintenance' level and they will of course tell
you that chiropractic is much more than a way to get out of pain - It's
a way to maintain optimal health for life.
But what does research show?
to a 2004 review of literature by Sean M. Hannon, BA, DC, focused on
the benefit of chiropractic adjustments in people with no significant
pain, it was found that there is strong evidence to support that
adjustments "confer health benefits to people regardless of the presence
or absence of symptoms."
The review showed significant
improvements in respiration, range of motion, cardiovascular function,
immune function, muscle strength, healing time and reduced labor times
in pregnant women under chiropractic care just to name a few benefits.
my 18 years of chiropractic, I have seen firsthand the impact that
adjustments can have on patients that have 'no pain.' The goal for these
people, myself included, is to maintain optimal nerve flow from their
spine to their muscles and organ systems to ensure they are functioning
at their maximum level and to prevent problems from sneaking up on them.
it's improved flexibility, more energy, getting sick less often or
adding 10 yards onto their drive during the weekly golf game, every day I
have the privilege of getting to hear about the impact a spinal
adjustment is having on peoples' lives.
Combined with a healthy
diet, exercise and management of stress, I have made sure that regular
chiropractic adjustments have remained a consistent part of my family's
wellness plan. And while I respect anyone's decision to utilize the
incredible power of chiropractic in whatever way makes sense to them, I
equally believe that people should be aware of the impact a lifetime of
chiropractic care can have on overall prevention of future problems and optimizing wellness right now.
more people in our society are addicted to pain pills - that over time
prove to have harsh side effects - than are addicted to natural
alternatives such as chiropractic and massage. For some the medication
is essential for pain control but for so many others, taking a vested
interest in truly optimizing their health would enable them to utilize
drugs as they were originally intended... bridging the gap between
injury and healing.
* Source: Objective Physiologic Changes and
Associated Health Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments in Asymptomatic
Subjects: A Review of the Literature. Sean M. Hannon, BA, DC, J.
Vertebral Subluxation Res. - JVSR.com, April 26, 2004.
Dr. Daron Stegall is one of the most sought after licensed and
board certified Chiropractors in Keller Texas at Express Chiropractic
Dr. Pazdel explains and demonstrates the need for and fitting for orthotics to allow those with foot issues such as plantar fasciitis to be able to walk without pain. At Pazdel Chiropractic each client is custom fitted with exactly what is needed to help them best and then shoe inserts are custom made for that patient and for different types of shoes, such as tennis shoes, dress shoes, work shoes, and even sandals.
In 1895, when D.D. Palmer first performed a vertebral adjustment
to Harvey Lillard's neck in order to restore the deafness he had
encountered from an injury, chiropractic was born! Intrigued by this
effective "adjustment" to the spine of Mr. Lillard, D.D. Palmer began
sharing his new-found technique with patients suffering from numerous
other diseases. It became quickly apparent that chiropractic was able to
create health benefits for patients because of the amazing effect it
had on the joints and the nervous system. In fact, chiropractors - and
chiropractors alone - are the only professionals in the healthcare
industry capable of restoring nervous system functionality.
brain, spinal cord, and nerve roots comprise the nervous system in the
body. The nervous system is the "communications center" for the body,
sending signals that affect each aspect of our bodily functions - the
heartbeat, blood flow, lung capacity, muscle strength, hearing,
digestion, and countless other functions of life that we take for
granted each day are all affected by the nervous system. In fact,
without the proper functioning of the nervous system, the miracle of
producing a baby would not be possible. That is why our nervous systems
are the most protected component of the body. The skull and the spinal
column act as "boney armor" and cover the entire nervous system,
shielding it as best as possible.
As the body takes on its
day-to-day stresses and begins to break down, damages can occur to the
nervous system. These damages can be dangerous for the parts of the body
that depend on signals from the nervous system to operate. If not
maintained properly, spinal decay can take its toll on the spine
(similar to what can happen with tooth decay) and degeneration of the
vertebrae may also occur. This "misalignment" of the spine interferes
with the nervous system and affects the overall body - causing many of
the problems millions of people deal with every day. The nerve root
damage caused by spinal decay can suppress the nerve roots, and in turn,
impair the messages from the brain to particular organs. While the
damage may not be noticeable at first, over an extended period of time,
countless health problems can occur: headaches, back pain, numbness,
fatigue, etc., are just some of the conditions that may occur if the
spine is left untreated.
A specifically designed program of
chiropractic and wellness can help eliminate these health concerns and
assist you in overcoming any injuries you may have encountered in your
lifetime. Doctors of Chiropractic, otherwise known as "chiropractors,"
are highly trained professionals that apply a drug-free strategy to
treating patients. While there are varying chiropractic techniques
taught and used in the field, Doctors of Chiropractic have mastered the
art of spinal manipulation, or chiropractic adjustments, in order to
address issues the body may be experiencing. Chiropractors will also
advocate a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, a positive
state-of-mind, and many other critical initiatives when treating a
patient. All of these components are crucial for the body to have
optimal conditions in which to heal, and can affect the outcome of
treatments, as well as reduce the risk of future ailments.
patients view their chiropractic adjustment as something that "feels
good!" Obviously, this is a positive reaction that the body can react
warmly to. As the regular schedule of adjustments continue, the body
becomes more and more accustomed to this non-restricted flow of
information to the organs, and longstanding conditions can be treated.
On occasion, a chiropractic adjustment can cause pain or discomfort.
While not ideal, this type of pain usually subsides within a day or two.
If the problem persists, of course the doctor of chiropractic should be
notified. In addition, if the chiropractor believes your ailment is not
within the scope of efficiency for chiropractic treatment, he or she
will refer you to another healthcare provider or alternate source of
Chiropractic professionals view things from a "big
picture" perspective. The body is a self-healing organism that has the
power to treat itself, if given the right pathways in which to do so.
Regular visits to the chiropractor can keep the body healthy by allowing
the nervous system to perform its duties without restriction. Coupled
with proper nutrition, exercise, and a healthy well-being, many of the
body's obstacles can be removed. To see how chiropractic can work for
you, contact your local chiropractor and schedule an appointment today.
Chiropractic can have an immediate impact on your life - coupled with a
long-term dedication to chiropractic adjustments, amazing things are
We are all suffering from different kinds of body pains and back
pain is probably one of the most popular types of pain experienced by
any person whether they are working or just staying at home.
you want to know some of the important facts about the benefits of
chiropractic treatment to back pains and how this condition affects the
greater population, here are some of the things that you need to know.
Surgeries and No Surgeries
is a very important fact that you need to know because based on a
recent statistics, 42.7 percent of the people who consulted a surgeon
first had surgeries while only 1.5 percent of people had surgeries when
they consulted a chiropractor first. With this statistic, we can already
find out how chiropractors really work.
Just like the aim of this
medical procedure, they are aiming for zero surgeries and they only
allow the body to heal itself by improving this capability. This is the
main reason why a lot of people are consulting chiropractors first
before they go to a surgeon. Besides, if your condition really needs
surgery, they will recommend you to go to a doctor right away for
Surgeries Depend on The Professional that you Consult
it comes to popularity, back injuries are probably on the top of the
list when it comes to body pains. It is also said that the surgeries of
people for different back injuries will depend on the professional that
you will consider first. This is directly linked on the first fact. It
means that if you consulted a chiropractor first, there is a chance that
you do not have to consider a surgery.
You have to remember that
surgeons are supposed to conduct surgeries so when they see a problem on
your back, this is the only solution that they have. On the other hand,
chiropractors are professionals and experts when it comes to these
kinds of problems so they have several treatments that they can use to
prevent any surgeries.
Back Surgery is Not Always Needed
is said that back surgery is not always a solution since this is
probably your last resort when it comes to treatments. It means that if
you visit a chiropractor right away, the chances of needing a back
surgery will be lessened. You have to remember that most of the back
injuries can be taken care off even without any kind of surgery.
It was once thought that chiropractic treatment was just for back
and neck pain. Thanks to technology and the ever changing world of
medicine, this is no longer the case. Doctors are now seeing that
chiropractic treatment is a valid method of healthcare. It benefits the
whole body and mind either as a preventive measure to avoid health
issues or for rehabilitative measures and acute or chronic pain
By aligning the spine and joints, the body is able to
begin the natural healing process and build a defense against further
injuries or worsening any current condition(s). There are numerous
conditions/injuries that can be treated via chiropractic care such as
(but not limited to): back issues (herniated or bulging disc and
sprains/strains), degenerative disc disease, Fibromyalgia, neurological
disorders, Scoliosis, and certain types of headaches.
are generally split up into two groups: the traditional chiropractors
and the symptom relief chiropractors. The traditional chiropractors'
main focus is "removing nerve interference and restructuring the spine
to its most stable biomechanical position" (Chiropractic Nutrition and
Wellness Center). In other words, they treat the root cause of the
patient's pain instead of just the individual symptoms. The other group,
symptom relief chiropractor, concentrates on relieving the individual
symptoms. While the patient may get immediate pain relief with this
method, not investigating the root cause of each symptom will only lead
to the symptoms returning at a later date or bring about new health
These two groups can be broken down even further. There
are three subcategories: relief, corrective, and maintenance
chiropractic treatment. Remember, as with any medical treatment plan,
you will need a thorough evaluation to determine the proper course of
action that will be most beneficial to you.
treatment helps patients who have suffered any level and intensity of
pain, where the root cause is generally unknown. This provides immediate
symptom relief in most cases. The goal is to decrease or eliminate pain
and stiffness which will allow the patient more range of motion and
increases their ability to function in day to day operations. The length
of treatment depends on the extent of the damage and how long they have
been experiencing the pain/stiffness. Good communication between the
patient, the patient's primary physician, and the chiropractor is
paramount for this method of treatment to work.
chiropractic treatment is an advanced method of care for patients who
have had spinal problems for an extended period of time. These types of
problems usually develop new symptoms or result in a more complex
condition due to lack of proper care. The length of treatment no only
depends on how severe the condition is but the patient's physical
response to the rehabilitation process.
care works in conjunction with any treatment(s) the patient is currently
undergoing, and the continuation of rehabilitative chiropractic care
after the current treatment plan made by the primary physician and/or
specialist has expired. The main goal is to prevent further agitation to
any current condition/injury. There are a lot of conditions that are
irreversible, but with proper chiropractic care the symptoms can
decrease and/or stop from progressing any further.
your primary physician about the benefits of chiropractic care for your
injury or condition. He/she should be able to refer you to the right
chiropractor. If not, he/she can point you in the right direction to
find one that will be the most beneficial. No matter how long you have
been suffering, seeing a chiropractor now will help give you some
immediate relief while preventing further damage to your body's systems.
Men and women who are going to have their chiropractic treatment
for the very first time might have a lot of inquiries about the
treatment methods. Some might be worried, while others are anxious due
to lack of appropriate education about what to count on. Read on to
understand more about what generally goes on during your first visit to a
chiropractic specialist to make you better prepared for it.
Patient Health Background
consultation with a Doctor of Chiropractic or other medical
professional will start with a consultation. You will be provided a form
that must be completed as a means for your doctor to collect background
data necessary on any signs and symptoms or problems currently being
experienced. That way, they are able to find if you have any history of
other illnesses and far better able to figure out the origin of your
Amongst the issues you are expected to answer on the form include the following:
• When did you very first start suffering with the soreness?
• How did the discomfort begin?
• Where might you have perhaps gotten it?
• Does any specific element trigger it to ease or become more intense?
the concept behind these inquiries is to supply the data your
chiropractor must have to determine the extent of your condition. These
findings are also compared to to any medical information that the
individual previously has.
go through a comprehensive physical exam before a chiropractic
procedure is performed. The checks are pretty basic such as reflexes,
pulse, respiration, or other required orthopedic & neurological
tests. All of these are carried out to accumulate important data
required for proper diagnosis of the individual's situation.
the elements of a individual's well being that are established through
this period include strength and tone of muscle, range of motion in the
particular region of the body that is impacted, and neurological
imbalances. In addition, a individual could be needed to execute a few
physical motions to see just how well the entire body completes the
Diagnostic Studies and Diagnosis
the collecting of medical background details and physical assessment is
complete, diagnostic analyses are now executed. In this phase, this is
where evaluation of those previously obtained data are done in the hopes
of helping to make an precise diagnosis. Some equipments used for
diagnostic review might include x-rays, MRI scan, and a variety of other
When your chiropractic doctor has all these
components put together, they now have all the resources needed to make
an appropriate evaluation. The next step would then be to decide whether
a patient will move forward with chiropractic care or if there are
other proposed therapy techniques for their affliction.
How Long Might It Take?
first visit to a chiropractor would usually lasts for not over an hour.
This should be sufficient time to carry out all of the above actions
needed to gather medical info and assess them for appropriate diagnosis.
Since it is your problem that is on the line, it is crucial for
chiropractors not to continue in haste since some vital information
could be left out, thus jeopardizing the health of the individual.
Choosing a Course of Action
on the seriousness of the person's condition, some doctors of
chiropractic can already begin the course of action upon the 1st visit.
Nevertheless, some others would need to schedule another appointment to
begin the treatment session.
Using the information accessible to
him or her, your chiropractic specialist will suggest a set of
objectives for your therapy. Once again, the level of the damage and the
procedure determined for you will effect the duration of your treatment
time period. Short-term treatments are generally suitable for people
who merely suffer from discomfort caused by malfunction in the bones or
Meanwhile, those that require full restoration of
their health system to preserve function and improve daily life might
call for a long-term course of action.