What Exactly is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a branch of medicine that seeks to not only restore proper alignment of the spine, but also to provide a whole-body integrative approach to the health of your body and mind. Chiropractors believe that optimal health and well being can be achieved through a variety of non-invasive, clinically sound methods that do not require the need for drugs or surgery.
The human spine plays a critical role in not only supporting the body, but also in protecting the spinal column, which is the means through which sensory data is communicated to the brain. When the spine is not properly aligned, many different negative outcomes can result. Some of these ailments occur in areas far from the spine itself, which is why chiropractic care is effective for a wide range of medical issues.
Chiropractors focus on treating the whole patient, versus focusing in only on symptoms and specific painful area. Education forms a cornerstone of chiropractic practice, and patients can benefit from learning how to improve their fitness, posture, flexibility, balance, mobility, strength, and much more – all of which can reduce the risk of injury.
What is Spinal Manipulation?
One of the most common and well-known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a “chiropractic adjustment”). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury.
Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. Compared to other common treatments for pain, such as over-the-counter and prescription pain medications, chiropractic’s conservative approach offers a safe and effective option.
Is a Chiropractic Physician a real doctor?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
DCs may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.
Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other health care providers.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be a patient’s primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic services may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Like their MD colleagues, doctors of chiropractic are subject to the boundaries established in state practice acts and are regulated by state licensing boards. In the state of Illinoi, the Illinois Medical Practice Act (MPA), is one of many licensure acts within the state of Illinois. The MPA is the primary law that governs the physicians in our state, by defining scope of practice, requirements for licensure, and guidelines for discipline. In the state of Illinois, chiropractic physicians are covered under the very same act that licenses medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic.
Why is Chiropractic Care different at The Chicago Chiropractor?
At The Chicago chiropractor, Dr. St Jean utilizes a whole-body, integrative approach to your care by treating not just your bones and joints, but also your muscles and soft tissues as well as your nervous system and brain. He accomplishes this by combining Brain Based Therapy, Chiropractic Manipulation, Therapeutic Exercise and Soft Tissue into a comprehensive treatment session aimed to correct the underlying cause of your pain and eliminate your pain quickly and effectively.