What is a chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a healthcare professional who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. They focus on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system, and use a variety of techniques, including spinal manipulation, to treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Chiropractors are not medical doctors, but they often work alongside other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care for their patients.
Chiropractors work in conjunction with, rather than in opposition to, conventional medical treatments. Chiropractors, as well as the rest of your pain management team, search for therapies that may be accomplished through the use of minimal or no artificial intervention, such as operations or medications.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. These disorders affect the nerves, muscles, and bones, and can cause a wide range of symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and weakness. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques, including spinal manipulation, to treat these conditions and help their patients manage their symptoms.
Some of the common conditions that chiropractors treat include:
• Low-risk injuries and ailments
• Back, neck, and head pain (over 90 percent of problems treated)
• Low back pain/injuries
• Upper back pain/injuries
• Neck pain
• Whiplash-associated disorders (WAD)
• Pain in the extremities
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, such as tendonitis or bursitis
• Sports injuries
• Work- or auto-related injuries
• Non-musculoskeletal complaints such as stress and chronic fatigue, allergies, sinusitis, TMJ dysfunction/pain, stomach disorders, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), fibromyalgia, and other types of pain.
Overall, chiropractors are skilled at treating a wide range of neuromuscular disorders, and can provide valuable help to individuals suffering from pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. By using spinal manipulation and other techniques, chiropractors can help to alleviate pain, improve function, and enhance overall health and well-being.
How do I know if I need to see a chiropractor?
It can be difficult to know for sure if you need to see a chiropractor, as the decision ultimately depends on your individual circumstances and needs. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not to see a chiropractor:
• Do you have chronic or recurring pain? If you have chronic or recurring pain in your back, neck, or other areas of your body, it may be worth considering seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractors are skilled at diagnosing and treating neuromuscular disorders, and may be able to help alleviate your pain and improve your overall health and well-being.
• Have you tried other treatments without success? If you have tried other treatments, such as medication or physical therapy, without success, it may be worth considering seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractic care can be an effective alternative or complement to other forms of treatment, and may be able to provide relief from your symptoms.
• Do you have a specific condition or injury? If you have a specific condition or injury, such as a herniated disc or carpal tunnel syndrome, it may be worth considering seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat these conditions, and may be able to provide relief from your symptoms and improve your overall health and well-being.
Overall, the decision to see a chiropractor is a personal one, and should be based on your individual circumstances and needs. If you have chronic or recurring pain, have tried other treatments without success, or have a specific condition or injury, it may be worth considering seeing a chiropractor.
Are chiropractors safe?
Chiropractic care is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor. Like any medical treatment, there are potential risks and side effects, but serious complications are rare. Some common side effects of chiropractic care may include temporary soreness or discomfort, headache, and fatigue. In rare cases, spinal manipulation may result in more serious complications, such as stroke or nerve damage. However, these complications are very rare, and most people experience significant relief from their symptoms without any serious side effects.
It is important to choose a qualified and licensed chiropractor to ensure that your treatment is safe and effective. Chiropractors undergo extensive training and must pass a national board exam in order to practice. By choosing a qualified and licensed chiropractor, you can be confident that you are receiving safe and effective care.
According to the Mayo Clinic: “Chiropractic adjustment is safe when it’s performed by someone trained and licensed to deliver chiropractic care.” It’s critical to find a chiropractor that is adequately trained and has excellent credentials.
Are there chiropractic adjustment side effects?
Like any medical treatment, chiropractic care can cause side effects, although serious complications are rare. Some common side effects of chiropractic adjustments may include temporary soreness or discomfort, headache, and fatigue. These side effects are typically mild and resolve on their own within a few days.
In rare cases, spinal manipulation may result in more serious complications, such as stroke or nerve damage. These complications are very rare, and are more likely to occur if the chiropractor is not properly trained or if the patient has a pre-existing condition that increases the risk of complications.
It is important to talk to your chiropractor about any potential side effects and to report any adverse reactions to your treatment. Your chiropractor can help to manage any side effects and can make adjustments to your treatment plan if necessary. By working closely with your chiropractor, you can minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of chiropractic care.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a technique used by chiropractors to manipulate the spine and other joints in the body. The goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to improve spinal alignment and reduce pain and discomfort.
During a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor uses their hands or a special instrument to apply a controlled force to the spine or other joint. This force helps to restore proper alignment and movement to the joint, and can help to alleviate pain and discomfort.
Chiropractic adjustments are typically performed on an outpatient basis, and do not require any special preparation. The number and frequency of adjustments will vary depending on the individual patient and their specific needs. Some people may need only a few adjustments, while others may require ongoing treatment.
Overall, a chiropractic adjustment is a safe and effective technique used by chiropractors to improve spinal alignment and reduce pain and discomfort. By working closely with a qualified and licensed chiropractor, you can determine if chiropractic adjustments are right for you and develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs and goals.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes, chiropractic treatment can be appropriate for children. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective form of treatment for many neuromuscular disorders, including back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Chiropractic treatment for children is typically similar to treatment for adults, but is tailored to the unique needs and abilities of children. Chiropractors may use gentle techniques and adjustments to help improve spinal alignment and reduce pain and discomfort in children.
In addition to treating neuromuscular disorders, chiropractic care may also help to improve overall health and well-being in children. By promoting proper spinal alignment and function, chiropractic care can help to support healthy growth and development, and can improve a child’s overall health and well-being.
Overall, chiropractic treatment can be an appropriate and effective form of care for children. It is important to choose a qualified and licensed chiropractor who has experience treating children, and to work closely with the chiropractor to develop a treatment plan that meets the unique needs of your child.
Can Chiropractors Prescribe Medication?
No, chiropractors are not licensed to prescribe medication. Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. They use a variety of techniques, including spinal manipulation, to treat these conditions.
While chiropractors are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may sometimes recommend over-the-counter pain relievers or other treatments to help manage symptoms. However, chiropractors do not have the ability to prescribe prescription medications, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical care.
Dr Kevin Lau D.C.
Doctor of Chiropractic
Masters of Holistic Nutrition
302 Orchard Road #10-02A