What do chiropractors do?

Chiropractors, also known as doctors of chiropractic or chiropractic physicians, diagnose and treat patients with musculoskeletal health problems through natural, drug-free, non-surgical health treatments. Some chiropractic treatments deal specifically with manipulating the spine based on the principle that spinal joint misalignments interfere with the nervous system which can result in lower resistance to disease. Others treatments are focused on how the joints and muscles are functioning and how improper compensation causes pain, speeds osteoarthritis, and negatively impacts athletic performance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALike other healthcare practitioners, chiropractors follow a standard routine to get information needed to diagnose and treat patients. They take the patient’s health history; conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations and, if necessary, may take X-rays or order laboratory tests. Chiropractors also analyze the patient’s posture and functional movements noting the range of motion of the joints and if the proper muscles are activated to move them. Once the chiropractor give a diagnosis he or she then, will adjust or manipulated the restricted joints. Chiropractors who focus on full body function will then work on balancing the muscles through other techniques like rehabilitation to strengthen or assisted stretching to relax the muscles.

Some chiropractors, like us, use additional procedures in their practices including heat, ice, massage, assisted stretching, electric stimulation, acupuncture, and rehabilitation exercises for some patients. They may apply supports such as tape, braces, orthotics. Chiropractors may recommend changes in lifestyle such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management to help each patient meet their specific health and fitness goals. In some situations, chiropractors refer patients to or consult with other health practitioners like orthopedists, physiotrist, or physical therapists.

In addition to general chiropractic practice, some chiropractors specialize in sports injuries (like Dr. Rachel), neurology, pediatrics (like Dr. Lynne), nutrition, internal disorders, or diagnostic imaging.