Chiropractic may offer relief
Studies conducted according to the highest scientific standards and published by organizations not affiliated in any way with chiropractic institutions or associations continue to show the clinical appropriateness and effectiveness of chiropractic care. One of the most recent, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, stated emphatically that:
"On the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain...There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low back pain was transferred from physicians to chiropractors."
Greg C. Molis is a chiropractor and is saying:
Your first visit to the chiropractor
The chiropractor is usually amongst the last resort medicine man to be visited when all other forms of treatment have failed. The first time visitors are surprised to find the treatment to be far less painful when compared to all that they have already gone through. This is when they realize that a chiropractor addresses the body as a whole and not the spinal cord alone.
Initially in chiropractic treatment the chiropractor takes down your whole case history before starting your treatment. He will want to know all about your illness and how you are troubled with it to decide the course of treatment that he should follow. He will also require you to fill out forms and questionnaire about your illness. As a result your first visit or visits may go in providing him with this information. He can ask you questions such as
When did the pain start?
Where is the pain centered?
What induces and what reduces the pain?
Is there any injury in the background causing the pain?
After these preliminary questions, the doctor would examine you initially in a fashion quite similar to a regular physician. This commences with blood pressure, pulse and temperature readings, and develops to include neurological and orthopedic examinations of the spine and neck. He may further examine the part of the body where you have pain. The examinations include testing the range of motion of the affected part, assessing the muscle tone and strength. Akin to a regular examination, this too may require additional chiropractic tests so as to zero in on the correct diagnosis and treatment.
Finally having understood your illness the doctor will analyze and see whether you can benefit from chiropractic treatment. If he feels that you can, he will pace out your treatment over a period of time requiring you to visit maybe 2 or 3 times per week or more. This frequency of visits would depend on your condition. If you have more trouble then you may be requiring more treatment to stabilize your condition and ensure a degree of normalcy in your daily routine which is the primary intent. Don't worry, the doctor will give you complete information about your condition and the line of treatment that he plans to follow.
Having explained the treatment, the chiropractor will proceed with the first sitting. The treatment given is normally an 'adjustment' or manipulation of the vertebrae that may either have abnormal movements or no movement at all. This adjustment is undertaken with hands and sometimes with the help of a small device to apply pressure to any areas of the spine that are out of alignment. Usually, this is a painless process to an extent that it may just cause a little discomfort for a few seconds.
If you have had X-rays you should bring them with you, so the doctor will have a clear picture of your problem. If not,the chiropractor may want the ER to take an X-ray or have an MRI in order to provide you with the best chiropractic care.
Most, but not all insurance covers chiropractic care. You can call and get your chiropractic coverage before you go in. Or most chiropractic offices will call and find out your coverage for you.
Many who go to a chiropractor once get such relief, that for future problems they go to the chiropractor first.
Greg C. Molis has been a Chiropractor since 1979. He keeps up on all of the latest techniques.