Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic Care (Sponsored by River Valley Chiropractic)

  1. What is chi­ro­prac­tic care? Chi­ro­prac­tic care is a branch within the med­ical dis­ci­pline which focuses on malaise and dis­or­ders of the mus­cu­loskele­tal sys­tem. Using a drug-free, hands-on approach, Doc­tors of Chi­ro­prac­tic (DCs) treat joint, neck, and back pain and address the effect these con­di­tions have on gen­eral health.
  2. What do DCs treat? DCs treat back pain, neck pain, joint pain in the arms and legs, and headaches along with other dis­or­ders which afflict the mus­cu­loskele­tal sys­tem. Often, they must address the impact these con­di­tions are hav­ing on the ner­vous sys­tem. DCs also advise patients on diet and nutri­tion choices, exer­cise, healthy habits, and ben­e­fi­cial occu­pa­tional and lifestyle adjustments.
  3. What kind of train­ing and edu­ca­tion must DCs have? Doc­tor of Chi­ro­prac­tic go through rig­or­ous train­ing and edu­ca­tion. They must com­plete a 4-year pre-medical pro­gram that can include courses in biol­ogy, chem­istry, physics, psy­chol­ogy, and related lab work. DCs must also com­plete 4 – 5 years of chi­ro­prac­tic col­lege, where course work will include ortho­pe­dics, neu­rol­ogy, phys­i­ol­ogy, human anatomy, clin­i­cal diag­no­sis, and lab pro­ce­dure. All in all, DCs must accrue at least 4,200 hours of class­room, lab­o­ra­tory, and clin­i­cal experience.
  4. Is chi­ro­prac­tic care safe? Chi­ro­prac­tic treat­ment is one of the safest non-invasive, drug-free meth­ods for deal­ing with mus­cu­loskele­tal dis­or­ders. While no treat­ment is 100% risk-free, risks asso­ci­ated with chi­ro­prac­tic care are fairly minute and are usu­ally lim­ited to sore­ness, stiff­ness, or aching.
  5. Is chi­ro­prac­tic care appro­pri­ate for chil­dren? Kids always seem to be falling or hurt­ing them­selves, whether dur­ing play or par­tic­i­pat­ing in sports. With all those bumps, bruises, and bashes build­ing up, kids can def­i­nitely ben­e­fit form receiv­ing chi­ro­prac­tic treat­ment. Such treat­ments are always tai­lored to the indi­vid­ual and, in the case of chil­dren, very gen­tly administered.
  6. How is chi­ro­prac­tic care per­formed? After diag­nos­ing the prob­lem, DCs per­form what are known as adjust­ments or manip­u­la­tions. They typ­i­cally use their hands or instru­ments to manip­u­late the joints, the spine in par­tic­u­lar. This treat­ment helps to enhance or restore joint per­for­mance, alle­vi­ate pain, and reduce or elim­i­nate inflammation.
  7. How do I find a Doc­tor of Chi­ro­prac­tic? The best method for select­ing a DC is to go off of refer­rals from fam­ily mem­bers, friends, col­leagues, or other health care providers. Most DCs will see you with­out a refer­ral, but you may want to check your health care plan in case it includes spe­cific refer­ral requirements.
  8. Is chi­ro­prac­tic care cov­ered by my insur­ance? Most insur­ance plans include cov­er­age for chi­ro­prac­tic pro­ce­dures. It is also avail­able to active duty mem­bers of the mil­i­tary at many bases and to vet­er­ans through major vet­er­ans med­ical facilities.


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