Chiropractic

Seattle Chiropractic Services & Pain Management Services

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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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What Sort of Treatment Can I Expect from our Seattle Chiropractor?

Depending on your diagnosis, your chiropractor at Fremont Spine and Wellness might employ:

  • Spinal adjustment
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Rehabilitative exercise
  • Recommendations for general exercise
  • Weight loss, diet and lifestyle counseling
  • Recommending dietary supplements
  • Heat and ice treatments
  • Active Release Therapy (ART)

What Sorts of Things Do our Chiropractors Treat?

  • Acute lower back pain
  • Long-term (chronic) lower back pain
  • Soft tissue and joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Overuse/overextension industries
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Diet and lifestyle management
  • Whiplash and Car Accident injuries
  • Work Related Injuries

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Is Chiropractic Care Covered By My Insurance?

Usually most chiropractic care is covered under your healthcare plan, you can check with your insurance or HMO provider to see or call our clinic. Offering to cover chiropractic care is an increasingly popular trend among health insurance and HMO providers.  You can also check our page on chiropractic insurance coverage and  plans we cover here, we cover most all popular plans and also workers comp and personal injury claims.  If you should still have any specific questions on your insurance we are glad to help, our staff is well trained and versed on getting you the answers you need to ensure we can provide care at an affordable cost.

How do I get Started?

If you’re ready to schedule your first visit, call us at 206-634-1300 or request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you achieve your wellness goals!