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  • What Type of Certification and Training do Chiropractors Have?
    Chiropractors must earn a postgraduate degree called a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). This is a 4 year program dedicated to learning the systems of the human body, how the nervous system functions, and how to correct it. Admission to the program requires at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework, and requires a bachelor’s degree. All states also require chiropractors to be licensed and complete 20 hours of continuing education per year.. The licensing requirements vary from state to state, but all states require a chiropractor to pass the National Board of Chiropractic Exams. These exams are a 4 part series examination understanding the literature of the human body, musculoskeletal systems, common diseases and conditions, how to treat them, when to refer, and how to perform the specific adjustments to the spine. Some chiropractors choose to specialize in various subjects of chiropractic, from how to adjust mothers in any stage of pregnancy, to infants, all the way to restoring athletes from injury. All are approached with care and a detailed plan of certification to achieve wellness in all the patients that arrive at the clinic.
  • What is Chiropractic Care?
    Chiropractic care is a form of complementary and alternative medicine with the historic philosophy that your body can heal itself with the help of specific hands-on adjustments to the spine from a trained professional. These spinal adjustments help to remove disc and nerve pressure by realigning your joints back into a proposed position that is strongest for the spine and is free of misalignment and nerve pressure. Through this non-invasive procedure, people tend to experience pain relief to the area of their complaint, and soon result to chiropractic for many of their body concerns and needs. Chiropractic treatment may help relieve pain from conditions affecting your: Bones Cartilage Connective Tissue Joints Muscles Discs
  • Why Chiropractic Care is Important?
    Your spinal cord is inside the spinal column of bones that contains a network of nerves in a long pathway shaped like a cylinder that connects your brain to the rest of your body. This is called your nervous system. Your nervous system controls every bodily function, from digestion to immunity. Spinal misalignments can impede your nervous system and cause almost imperceptible changes in how your body works. Through chiropractic adjustments, your body is able to function efficiently, have better movement in the joints, which improves your mental health, neurological health, muscle strength, flexibility, and range of motion. This action on the body promotes recovery, improves immune response, and improves your sleep and mood. A chiropractor is priming your body to function at its absolute best. Chiropractors do not prepare their patients for a lifetime of treatment. Instead, they meet with you to determine your needs, learn your health history, and establish a chiropractic plan that is right for you. They equip you to make healthy lifestyle changes that promote better overall health and wellness. A chiropractic lifestyle is about being proactive with your health, and making positive choices to prevent health problems before they happen. You don’t have to be in pain to experience the benefits of chiropractic adjustments. While treatment varies for every individual, many patients see their overall wellness improve with chiropractic care.
  • Can Chiropractor Help with Vertigo?
    Chiropractic adjustments to the spine is one of the best and natural leading treatments to help reduce and even eliminate the symptoms related to vertigo. Vertigo is a symptom caused by a nerve coming out of the spinal cord’s nervous system that is pinched from two bones and their soft tissues being out of alignment, causing compression of the nerve going into the inner ear that impedes on balance. The bones responsible are typically found in the upper neck and the inner ear. When a patient experiences vertigo, they may or may not have neck pain, however, they can experience a random onset of dizziness, a sense of uncontrollable spinning, brain fog, light-headedness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and even blurred vision. All these symptoms do not have to happen at the same time, you may only have one of these symptoms or a combination of the the symptoms that contribute to your type of vertigo. The onset of vertigo can be alarming for anyone experiencing these symptoms, and can even instill a sense of fear of what to do next. After the chiropractor takes a detailed assessment of the patient’s neck and alignment, through a series of tests, x-rays, and range of motion, the chiropractor is able to carefully assess the root cause of the problem, and apply a gentle and detailed adjustment into the bones to remove the nerve pressure.
  • Dose Chiropractor Help With Back Pain?
    Nearly everyone suffers from back pain at some point in life. Back pain has dozens of possible causes, which may be linked to trauma, aging, toxins, or pre-existing underlying medical conditions which can interfere with everyday quality of life. It is not normal to have back pain, yet it is common and seen in many individuals. Many of those who suffer from back pain find chiropractic care beneficial. Research shows that spinal adjustments can help relieve pain and improve function in people with acute low-back pain, one of the most common types of back pain. A chiropractor is a licensed healthcare professional, who can help alleviate the symptoms associated with back pain. In some cases, chiropractic care is not enough — depending on the age, severity, and complexity of the presenting condition, a patient may have to seek a second opinion from a spine specialist for further intervention. In most cases many people seek a chiropractor first, to assess the integrity of their spine and prevent surgery from occurring, and patients notice significant benefits from chiropractic care alone.
  • Can a Chiropractor Treat a Disc Bulge or Disc Herniation?
    The short answer is yes. Chiropractors help treat a bulging disc through non-invasive, non-surgical, non-medical treatments by applying a very specific adjustment to the spine to the area that is causing the condition.. Chiropractic adjustments help to move the disc off the nerve that has direct pressure from the bulged disc. This adjustment to the spine can alleviate symptoms related to the herniated disc and lower inflammation from better nerve function.
  • Can Chiropractor Help Sciatica?
    Many people are surprised to find a chiropractor can treat sciatica pain. In fact, it’s the most affordable, quick, and effective way to treat the condition without the use of medications or surgery. Chiropractors receive higher education and are specially trained in the musculoskeletal system, which consists of the bones, joints, cartilage, muscles, and tendons. This specialized knowledge makes chiropractors uniquely qualified to treat sciatica. If you are experiencing a piercing pain that runs from the lower back down to the legs, you are indeed suffering from sciatica pain. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body running from the buttocks, down the back of the legs and even down into the toes. The nerve can experience pain whenever you have a trapped nerve, disc herniation, piriformis syndrome, or trigger point referral. A misconception is that sciatica is a disorder—however, sciatica is really a symptom of a disorder. Since there are many disorders that cause sciatica, the chiropractor's first step is to determine what is causing sciatica. This is where an x-ray is assessed to be beneficial in order to determine the root cause of the problem. The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patient's sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include several different treatments such as ice/cold therapies, ultrasound, TENS, and spinal adjustments, or a combination. While sciatica pain can be debilitating, chiropractic treatment can relieve it gently and naturally. This care entails treating the pain without costly and harmful side effects.
  • Can a Chiropractor Help With Scoliosis?
    An estimated 7 million Americans suffer from an abnormal curvature of the spine, a condition known as scoliosis. Symptoms can range from unnoticeable to severe, but even those with mild scoliosis can find the condition to be a painful detriment to their daily lives. But if you’re not a candidate for surgery, what options do you have? While chiropractors are unable to straighten your spine to complete perfection, studies have shown a marked improvement in spine curvature, pain, and disability rating among those with scoliosis. Through a combination of spinal adjustments and flexion distraction to “stretch out” thinned areas in your discs, a chiropractor can improve flexibility and range of motion while alleviating much of the pain caused from scoliosis. When you can move more freely and easily, it becomes easier to perform the exercises recommended by your orthopedic doctor to strengthen the muscles supporting your spine. Doctors of chiropractic have a detailed knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions and disorders. The comprehensive physical examinations chiropractors provide for all new patients can help identify scoliosis, the severity, the complexity, and how to relieve it.. Here are some symptoms that may indicate scoliosis to a doctor of chiropractic: Clothes seem to hang unevenly around the hips or shoulders One shoulder blade sets higher than the other appearing as a high shoulder Uneven hips or uneven wearing of the shoe pattern Difficulty breathing because of a reduced area in the chest for the lungs to expand Chronic back pain or muscle spasms The treatment of choice for each patient who has scoliosis will vary. Two patients who have scoliosis are not the same severity or complexity, therefore will be treated differently to achieve best symptom relieving and function restorying results. Here at DHCC, we design a fully customized approach that combines the benefits of multiple disciplines to address the characteristics of each individual patient and their condition.
  • Can Chiropractor Help Pinched Nerve?
    Chiropractors can help relieve a pinched nerve by adjusting a bone to remove nerve pressure. Nerve pressure is felt in the form of a tight muscle, soreness in joints, pins and needles in the limbs, or loss of feeling or sensations in the body. Pinched nerves happen when bones, soft tissue, and cartilage compress the nerve. A pinched nerve can be painful, interfere with your family and work life, and lead to a decreased quality of life because you are always in pain. A chiropractor can help restore the bone, soft tissue, and cartilage misalignments through a specific adjustment to the area that the nerve is pinched, and help relieve the nerve pressure. Patients then experience their current symptoms are reduced or even eliminated from the chiropractic adjustment.. Removing pressure from a pinched nerve can improve a person’s quality of life and now this person can return to daily life without constantly thinking about their pain or having the effects on their body..
  • Why Do Chiropractors Need X-Rays from Patients?
    A chiropractor deals with the spine working as one functional unit, not as individual joints and segments. In order for a chiropractor to better diagnose your presenting condition and discover the cause of the problem, they will need to take a look at what’s going on underneath the surface. X-rays are one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in chiropractic care. Through an x-ray, your doctor will be able to pinpoint the exact place that directly links your associated symptoms with the location of where your pain emanates. They will be looking for any spinal misalignment and any other related injuries in order to diagnose your condition accurately, making it possible for them to come up with a treatment plan that will be specifically catered to your condition. Your doctor will be able to decide the frequency and intensity of care needed for a full recovery. Knowing about or finding any other spinal issues that you might have not been aware of can also help you improve your overall health since they will be able to treat that as well. Every patient and every condition is bound to be different, and not all cases will require x-rays for a chiropractic diagnosis or to formulate an adequate treatment plan. This is something your doctor will determine at the time of your entry exam, or if a new injury occurs through the corrective care plan. Most x-rays will be taken standing in an upright position to see how the patient’s posture and weight are balancing on the spine and how this may play a part in the spinal misalignments.
  • Can Chiropractor Fix Posture?
    Good posture can have an immediate effect on your appearance. You’ll look taller, be healthier, and be more confident. If the body has a noticeable postural imbalance, for example, a high right shoulder, or high right ear, over time, it can have a serious effect on the body’s nervous system and spine. This can result in imbalances and having excessive curves and nerve pressure in areas otherwise there would not be. A chiropractor can help you correct poor postures such as forward head translation or slouching by applying pressure to specific regions of your body and moving the bones in your spine to assure that the body is functioning optimally. These adjustments are safe, effective, and immediate. Chiropractic therapy is suitable for a number of postural problems such as: Damage to the normal curvature of the neck, mid back and low back Kyphosis (hunchback) Pelvis/hip unleveling Forward head posture (granny hump) Scoliosis Penguin feet
  • Are Chiropractors Expensive?
    Chiropractors are affordable and essential for living and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. Each chiropractor visit may vary depending on the individual services per individual patient needs. Some chiropractors qualify insurance benefits, as others may be fee for service. Most insurances cover only 3-5 adjustments on average, and people end up paying out of pocket for remaining healing chiropractic adjustment services. Chiropractor prices vary by clinic and the average dollar amount spent per treatment varies between $75-200 per visit. This is notably more affordable than a medical visit which may cost between $15-$450 per visit.
  • Are Chiropractor Fees Tax Deductible?
    Chiropractic adjustments are considered a medical expense to you, and are considered tax deductible. Each state will have different requirements for your tax deductions, so make sure to visit the IRS website to ensure your tax deductions. Here at this website you can find more information: Your primary chiropractor will provide a receipt to you for your tax deduction purposes upon your request.
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