Seattle Chiropractic Services & Pain Management Services
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a healthcare field that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system. It is a form of complementary or alternative medicine used as a non invasive therapy or treatment. It is well established within the United States, and is currently the third largest healthcare profession after primary care medicine and dentistry.
Chiropractic care focuses on diagnosing and treating conditions without resorting to invasive (surgical) treatment techniques. The main technique chiropractors work with includes hands-on, manual therapy techniques. This might include spine manipulation, or manipulation of joints or other soft tissues. Though the most common reason that individuals seek out chiropractic care is to address lower back pain issues, chiropractors also regularly diagnose and treat a wide variety of muscle, tendon, and joint issues, including athletic injuries.
Our Seattle Chiropractor will begin a treatment by assessing the symptoms presenting in the patient, then use observational and tactile assessments to gauge the extent of a patient’s malady. When necessary, orthopedic and neurological evaluation, as well as radiographic imaging techniques will be used to provide a better diagnosis. The chiropractor will then seek to address the issue through spinal manipulation, or any of a number of manual therapy techniques that seek to alleviate pain and restore natural functionality of the joints, muscles, and tendons. If needed, the chiropractor will lead the patient through rehabilitative exercises. The chiropractor may also work with the patient’s other healthcare professionals as part of a comprehensive, team-based healthcare plan.
Are Chiropractors Qualified Doctors?
Absolutely. Almost every state has licensing requirements to practice within the field. All of our chiropractors have obtained a professional degree within the field of medicine as required to practice. The classroom instruction provided at chiropractic colleges and medical colleges is largely the same in terms of content. Accredited chiropractic programs in the United States require that incoming students complete at least 90 hours of undergraduate college credit with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Most require a bachelor’s degree. Chiropractic schools in the U.S. are accredited through the Council on Chiropractic Education, which requires a mixed (nontraditional) chiropractic education that discards most of classic (“straight”) chiropractic’s more controversial tenets. Most states require graduates to pass board examinations in order to practice within their jurisdiction, and generally also require yearly continuing education classes.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
Absolutely. When practiced at the skill level of our Seattle chiropractors, chiropractic care is quite safe. Though the manipulation techniques that chiropractors use can occasionally lead to some discomfort, this is no different than any other type of therapeutic interventions (such as those employed by physical therapists, athletic trainers, or massage therapists). Of course, there are some people with conditions (such as osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis) that need to be sure to disclose their conditions to your chiropractor before beginning chiropractic therapy, as these conditions can lead to adverse effects or complications in care. Spinal manipulations can cause some short-term discomfort, but this usually subsides within 24-48 hours of treatment and is generally a non issue for most patients.
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