Chiropractic 101

By Dr. Dan Van Roon • May 18th, 2010

Some people that I meet know a little about chiropractic, however, most do not know very much about the chiropractic profession and what it can do. So I thought that i would go over some of the basics. For beginners, chiropractors do not “crack” the bones. The audible noise that you hear from most adjustments is just gas within the joint space. Then the second common misconception is that chiropractors treat neck, back and headache pain only. Although a large portion of my new patients that visit my office first fit in this category, the word doctor means to teach. It is important for patients to realize that the alignment and mobility of the spine is important for your health and well-being and enjoyment of life.
Chiropractic actually works through the nervous system. We restore the alignment and/or mobility to the joints to take away the nerve interference, to allow the body to heal itself naturally. Chiropractors do not prescribe medicine, but may refer to the patients primary care physician if needed. Inherently in most chiropractors philosophy is that pain meds and anti-inflammatories interfere with the bodies natural ability to heal itself.
After a patient gets out of the pain phase of care, the next step is correction. This is when therapeutic exercise is important to help maximize results. Usually corrective care takes longer than the pain phase, but I feel that this is very important for quality of life in the long run. The last goal is to maintain your health and well being. Usually an infrequent chiropractic adjustment, along with regular exercise, stretching and proper diet is important for this phase. These are the simple basics of what happens in our office. I hope that you have found this helpful.

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