Do you experience tension, pain or numbness in your neck, back or legs? You may need to see a chiropractor. Chiropractic Care can help treat a variety of conditions and symptoms ranging from headaches and neck tension to scoliosis. However, it is normal to be concerned about your first chiropractic adjustment. In this article, we’ve answered ten of the most frequently asked questions about chiropractic care. We explain what chiropractors actually do, when to see a chiropractor, what a chiropractor can treat and more. Keep reading to see if you’re a good candidate for chiropractic care.
What Does a Chiropractor Do?
Chiropractors specialize in treating a variety of conditions related to the musculoskeletal and nervous system. During your appointment, your chiropractor will “adjust” your body’s alignment through spinal and joint manipulation to relieve pain, tension, and stiffness. Through treatment, they can successfully realign joints, loosen tight muscles, improve mobility and flexibility, and encourage faster healing of sprains and strains. Most chiropractic practices offer a variety of additional services to speed up your healing process. Among which:
- Kinesio taping
- Spinal Decompression Therapy
- Massage therapy
When to Visit a Chiropractor?
If you’re experiencing pain in your muscles or joints, reduced mobility or flexibility, or even symptoms of specific conditions like sciatica, arthritis, or migraines, a chiropractor can help you start your road to recovery. Chronic pain, frequent headaches, limited range of motion, and numbness or tingling are typical signs that you should seek medical attention. Chiropractors can help with those exact symptoms and more. However, you should consult your primary physician first to establish a proper treatment plan and rule out other causes. Your primary doctor may request X-rays, which the chiropractor can then use to formulate the best plan for you.
What do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors treat a wide variety of different conditions for both existing symptoms and preventive care. While chiropractors can treat many underlying symptoms, their care goes beyond just treating general pain. The symptoms most commonly treated by chiropractors are:
- Back or neck pain
- Myofascial Pain
- pinched nerves
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Sprains and strains
- Piriformis syndrome
- And more.
How does chiropractic help?
Chiropractic services can reduce symptoms of back and neck pain, stiffness and tension and improve your range of motion, flexibility, strength and stability. Your chiropractor will outline a treatment plan for you and your specific symptoms. Within a few sessions you should start to feel the results. In general, your symptoms should abate after 4 weeks of care. Your chiropractor will contact you regularly in case he/she needs to expand or change your treatment plan.
How do chiropractors know where to adjust?
Chiropractors are extensively trained in the natural posture and gait of the human body. By conducting a thorough examination and assessment, they can identify where your body could benefit from chiropractic adjustments. Retarded movement or abnormal posture may indicate the need for chiropractic care. If you visit the chiropractor because of pain or tension, an experienced chiropractor can locate the exact areas that are causing you those uncomfortable symptoms.
Chiropractic care is generally considered safe when performed by a licensed, trained and experienced chiropractor. Chiropractic adjustments are considered a relatively effective form of treatment in the management of acute symptoms. Qualified chiropractors focus on aligning the spine rather than “cracking it” into place, which can lead to vessel strains or other vascular complications. There is some degree of risk in undergoing chiropractic adjustments, but they are generally considered safe with the most common risk being minimal effectiveness or improvement of symptoms.
Can chiropractors prescribe medications?
Chiropractors are not licensed to prescribe medications to patients. They can provide suggestions and advice, but are not legally allowed to write prescriptions. However, they can write referrals to refer you to other medical professionals.
How much does it cost to go to a chiropractor?
The total cost of your chiropractic care session will depend on a number of factors. Your invoice may include an office visit fee, in addition to the total cost of the fitting and any other additional services. Each individual chiropractic practice is responsible for its own prices, but on average you can expect to pay $30 to $200 per session. However, some chiropractors offer a “sliding scale” to fit your budget.
Do Chiropractors Take Insurance?
Whether or not your insurance is covered depends entirely on the chiropractor. Smaller chiropractic clinics usually do not accept insurance and are generally considered off-network. However, as with most third-party providers, you can file a “superbill” with the insurance company who can reimburse you for some of your costs.
What to wear to the chiropractor?
When receiving a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor will evaluate your gait, posture, and range of motion. This requires you to wear something loose, comfortable and stretchy so as not to limit your range of motion. Typically, yoga pants or leggings, running shorts, sneakers, and loose-fitting shirts are good choices. You do not need to undress and take off.
Conclusion – Looking for a chiropractor? Here are 10 most frequently asked questions about chiropractic care
Are you ready to feel relief from your nagging aches and pains? Are you stiff, tense and lacking in flexibility? Maybe it’s time to see a chiropractor. Chiropractic care can help relieve a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from persistent pain to numbness or tingling. However, if you’ve never had chiropractic treatment before, it’s natural to have questions. In this article, we’ve tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. From insurance to treatment options, you should now have the answers you need to make an informed decision. Work with your primary care provider to determine the best treatment plan for you.
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