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There is a lot of fear surrounding Chiropractic care. Residents of the United Kingdom who have not tried Chiropractic care are usually frightened that the treatments are long and very painful. The good news is that Chiropractic care is rarely painful. The length of the treatments depends on your injury and illness and the best way to treat them.

A Chiropractor will work with a patient’s entire body but they focus primarily on the patient’s spine. This is because Chiropractors believe that the majority of a body’s illnesses and injuries can be treated via treating the spine. Here are some of the things you can expect when you visit a Chiropractor:

During your initial Chiropractic exam, your Chiropractor will take your full medical history. After the history has been taken, you will be given a full and thorough physical exam with special attention focused upon your joints and your spine. Your Chiropractor will also take some x-rays and do a few extra tests to define your illness’s diagnosis.

You might also work with your Chiropractor to put together a diet and exercise plan or your Chiropractor might recommend psychological therapy as well as your regular treatment.

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Some people say they feel tired after they visit a Chiropractor. This is perfectly understandable as a visit to the Chiropractor is not unlike going to the gym for a workout”only in this case it is you who is still and the “machine” (the Chiropractor) that does the moving for you.

There is no need to worry about an upcoming visit to the Chiropractor. Chiropractic care is rarely painful. It is meant to help a person heal and diminish the pain he or she might be feeling.


What to Expect When I Visit the Chiropractor?

There is a lot of fear surrounding Chiropractic care. Residents of the United Kingdom who have not tried Chiropractic care are usually frightened that the treatments are long and very painful. The good news is that Chiropractic care is rarely painful. The length of the treatments depends on your injury and illness and the best way to treat them.

A Chiropractor will work with a patient's entire body but they focus primarily on the patient's spine. This is because Chiropractors believe that the majority of a body's illnesses and injuries can be treated via treating the spine. Here are some of the things you can expect when you visit a Chiropractor:

During your initial Chiropractic exam, your Chiropractor will take your full medical history. After the history has been taken, you will be given a full and thorough physical exam with special attention focused upon your joints and your spine. Your Chiropractor will also take some x-rays and do a few extra tests to define your illness's diagnosis.

You might also work with your Chiropractor to put together a diet and exercise plan or your Chiropractor might recommend psychological therapy as well as your regular treatment.

Some people say they feel tired after they visit a Chiropractor. This is perfectly understandable as a visit to the Chiropractor is not unlike going to the gym for a workout"only in this case it is you who is still and the "machine" (the Chiropractor) that does the moving for you.

There is no need to worry about an upcoming visit to the Chiropractor. Chiropractic care is rarely painful. It is meant to help a person heal and diminish the pain he or she might be feeling.

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Chiropractic - Treatment of Hip Pain

Before I begin, let me give you a little insight to where my perspective on the healing comes from. By training, I'm a scientist. I am really good at looking at issues critically and deciphering facts and problems based on factual evidence and sound theories. At the same time, I always had an interest in alternative medicine and while I lived in Seattle for 5 years, I had the chance to experience directly and learn various healing modalities such as naturopathic physician care, acupuncture, homeopathy, Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET). Some of my knowledge comes from being the inquisitive patient, some comes from discussions with students of Bastyr College of Naturopathic medicine who I befriended while in Seattle. While in Seattle I also took several classes on Reiki, and became a Reiki Master/Teacher and hence I have the insiders perspective on how energy healing works and what it can and can't do.

I am a strong advocate of alternative therapies in conjunction with or sometimes instead of traditional medicine. However, recently, I have been really bothered by practices of chiropractors (some not all) and I feel that there are many out there that take advantage of the general lack of understanding of how the human body works in patients to keep their businesses going. I write this article with the goal to educate moms on the good, the bad, and the ugly associated with chiropractic care, especially as many chiropractors now advocate for 'maintenance care' not only for adults but also for children.

As you will see below, I do believe that chiropractic adjustments can be very useful, especially when they are performed as part of the whole body healing, but unfortunately, when done in isolation, chiropractic adjustments often only set you up on a path of going, and going, and going back to your chiropractor for more treatments, rather than getting well.

The work of a chiropractor is to manipulate the spine to remove misalignments. Misalignments in the spine are often referred to as subluxations. Traditional chiropractic philosophy is based on the belief that misalignments in the spine are the root cause of illness. Hence they remove the misalignments in the spine with the hope that the illness will go away as well. The idea behind this theory is that all body organs are connected to the spine through nerves. If there is misalignment in the spine, it will cause a problem with the nerves and then other organs connected to them. If you consider long term chiropractic care for yourself or your family, be sure that this theory of all illness originating from spine misalignments resonates with you. It doesn't with me. Here is why.

The spine connects to joints, then to muscles and ligaments that support the spine and its structure. If there is a problem within the spine, the muscles in the close proximity to the spine misalignment (and often not only in that region) will also be affected. Typically some muscles will become overly tight and some will become weak, as muscles work in pairs. This is what's commonly referred to a muscle imbalance. In addition to the musculoskeletal system in your body, there is a biochemical system, and an emotional system. The biochemical system includes your blood chemistry, hormones, vitamins, minerals, and hence this system is vital to your well-being. Emotions, including moods and attitudes have also been shown to contribute to and to aid illnesses. The musculoskeletal, the biochemical, and the emotional systems within our body are very intimately connected to create our well-being or sickness. If we become ill, all of these systems will be affected and disease will manifest in all. I think it's naive to believe that all disease starts from the spine. For example, if you never go out in the sun and eventually become Vitamin D deficient, it is likely that you will develop problems in your spine since Vitamin D deficiency leads to muscles weakness. This in turn will likely lead to spine misalignments. Similarly, severe emotional trauma, never addressed properly, over time may lead to sickness which will likely cause some spine misalignment. I believe that it's correct to say that most illness will manifest itself in the spine, but that is not the same as saying that all illness originates in the spine. One thing to keep in mind is that the somewhat simplistic philosophy behind chiropractic and illness was developed at time when people had no choice but to eat minimally processed foods from local sources, before there were any chemicals in the environment, and at a time before drugs, vaccinations, and other environmental factors were impacting our health. In our modern society, there are other factors that contribute to creating illness, which must be addressed.

Long term Chiropractic Care

Many chiropractors think that regular spinal manipulations are necessary to stay healthy. After all, in their minds, all disease originates in the spine, and hence small misalignments should be frequently removed for optimal health. It is not clear to me whether these chiropractors actually believe this or whether they simply understand that they will have clients for life, as long as the client believes that he or she should see the chiropractor once a month for optimal health. Of course, services are not limited to adults. Many chiropractors now offer a family package and start adjusting children from infancy; For maintenance: once a month for the rest of their lives.

Maintenance may be a good idea a couple times a year or after accidents to prevent the problem of "as the twig is bent, so grows the tree". However, there is more to good maintenance healthcare than adjusting. The biochemical and emotional systems also need maintenance, and typically people with more balanced chemical and emotional systems will need less adjustments to stay feeling good. A good alternative to using a chiropractor for health maintenance is using a practitioner who can address the full spectrum of healthcare and preventive maintenance, such as a Naturopathic Doctor also trained in physical medicine.

In summary:

The good: chiropractic manipulation can be extremely helpful in reducing or removing pain, often chronic.

The bad: Typical chiropractors address only the structural component of the problem. Some will often guidance on how to stretch and strengthen affected muscle groups to help the spine in alignment. Most do not tackle the chemical/hormonal aspect of the problem which are often the hidden cause of spinal misalignments. There is also an emotional aspect of spinal alignments which is rarely addressed.

The ugly: Chiropractors often set up their practice with the intention of keeping the clients coming and coming and coming. It's not uncommon to see packages of 60 to 80 visits sold upfront: not only for you - but for your entire family, whether they are ill or not!

Optimal Solution: Finding a practitioner who understands the relationship between the musculoskeletal, biochemical, and emotional systems in your body, and can get to the cause of your problem. This can be a holistic chiropractor, naturopathic doctor trained in spinal manipulation, or perhaps a chiropractor who's also an acupuncturist.

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