A blog from Schubbe Resch Chiropractic and Physical Therapy.

Friday, July 21, 2017

What Is A Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuro-muscular disorders, with and emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.
Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients as well as to educate them on how the can account for the own health exercise, ergonomics and other therapies to treat back pain.
Chiropractic is general categorized as alternative medicine or complementary medicine.

Chiropractors: fundamental beliefs and goals

Chiropractors focus on the intimate relationship between the nervous system and spine, and hold true the following beliefs
                     Bio mechanical and structural derangement of the pine can affect the nervous system
                     For many conditions chiropractic treatment can restore the structural integrity of the spine, reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue and consequently improve the health of the individual.
 The treatment concept of chiropractic is to re-establish normal spinal mobility, which in turn alleviates the irritation to the spinal nerve and or re-establishes altered reflexes.

Conditions treated

Chiropractors use a variety of non-surgical treatments to treat patients with certain types of:
                     lower back and leg pain “sciatica”
                     neck pain
                     repetitive stains
                     sports injuries
                     arthritic pain

While primarily focusing on treating neuromusculoskeletal disorders, chiropractors are not exclusively limited to problems with the nervous system and musculoskeletal system.
When appropriate, chiropractors refer patients to medical doctors or other health practitioners for treatment of low back pain. Many chiropractors have a local referral network or work together with other spine specialist in a multidisciplinary or multi-specialty spine clinic.

Chiropractic Examination

In many regards, a chiropractic examination is very similar to standard examination procedures administered by all health care providers. With that said, how chiropractors examine the structure and function of the spine and then determine specific chiropractic care from other disciplines.

Chiropractic Exam of lower back pain

An initial chiropractic exam for back pain will typically have three parts: consultation, case history and physical examination. Laboratory analysis and x-ray examination may be performed.
Many chiropractors utilize a holistic bio-mechanical concept of treating the bipedal structure in its entirety, in an attempt to balance the structure from the feet upward.
                     Chiropractors are typically trained in multiple methods of assessing lower back pain, including:
evaluation and management services – chiropractors are trained in examine the joints, bones, muscles and tendons of the spine, head extremities and other areas of the body with the purpose of noting any misalignment, tenderness, asymmetry, defects or other problems.

                     Neurologic and other common physical examination procedures- chiropractors are trained to perform a variety of neurologic test (nerve root compression/tension, motor strength, coordination, deep tendon and pathological reflexes, etc) and are skilled in performing orthopedic, cardiovascular and many other common examinations.

                     Specialized assessment- chiropractors are trained to assess range of motion, stability, muscle strength, muscle tone and other assessments with the lower back

                     Common diagnostic studies – chiropractors are trained in use of diagnostic studies and tools such as radiography (x-rays), laboratory diagnostics and neurodiagnositics.