Choosing Chiropractic Care
Many people who experience back and neck pain turn to chiropractic medicine for healing. Those practicing chiropractic medicine provide patients with alternative treatments to the pain management solutions of pharmaceutical drugs and surgery proposed by the conventional medical community. Chiropractic treatments involve various forms of spinal manipulation that when done skillfully realigns the spine allowing the body to heal properly. Identification and treatment of ailments of the neuromusculoskeletal system is the area of chiropractic medicine.
Credentials Needed To Practice Chiropractic Medicine
The field of chiropractic medicine has gained notoriety in most Western nations as a viable, drug free solution to chronic back and neck pain. These nations have universities that offer undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in chiropractic medicine. There are several US chiropractic colleges and two Canadian chiropractic colleges, Three Rivers at University of Quebec and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
Even though chiropractic medicine is largely self-regulating in developed countries, the profession is still fairly novel by international standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides global structure to the career field’s education and training criteria. The WHO also endorses the accreditation requirements set by the Councils on Chiropractic Education International for schools.
Those pursuing a degree in chiropractic medicine must complete prerequisite physical and natural science courses like chemistry, physics, and biology. Most chiropractic degree programs require at least four years of full-time study. During this time, students learn chiropractic theory, participate in clinical lab training, and enter supervised clinical internships. Depending on the type of degree and advanced study, students complete chiropractic educational programs in four to seven years.
Common Services of Chiropractic Medicine
Before beginning any kind of treatment, chiropractors conduct a thorough investigative diagnosis to determine if chiropractic solutions are right for their patients. Chiropractic doctors first conduct patient history consultations and comb through patient orthopedic and x-ray medical records as applicable. These doctors then conduct skeletal imaging scans, neurological tests, range of motion assessments, and other observational assessments to determine if spinal manipulation will help relieve the pain of their patients.
The pressure placed by a misaligned skeletal system on tissue surrounded by nerves is the cause of many patients’ pain. The damaged, inflamed tissue often causes pressure on the nerves resulting in pain. When chiropractors apply high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) spinal manipulation, the body’s skeletal system realigns. The body then has the opportunity to heal its damaged tissue, and pain signals from the nervous system cease.
Chiropractors provide patients with more than just initial relief from chronic back and neck pain through HVLA spinal manipulation. They also educate patients about ways to prevent relapses or new injuries from occurring. These tips range from suggested dietary and lifestyle changes to stress reduction techniques.
Benefits And Risks of Utilizing Chiropractic Medicine
Where conventional medical treatments offer pain management solutions involving risky surgeries and harmful prescription drugs, chiropractic medicine provides a lasting, natural solution to chronic neck and back pain. Patients mitigate commonly reported risks and negative side effects by enlisting only licensed, skilled chiropractors committed to conducting thorough diagnoses including identifying possible contraindications.
The Wellness Way Chiropractic Advantage
At Wellness Way Chiropractic, we utilize a low-force, non-invasive, conservative approach to helping our patients in Milwaukee, West Allis, Greenfield, Wauwatosa, Brookfield, New Berlin & surrounding areas reach their health goals. To make an appointment at Wellness Way Chiropractic, call 414-367-6050 or schedule an appointment with our online scheduling app.