Chiropractic care is a healthcare profession based on correcting problems of the spine and nervous system, as well as the surrounding muscles. It is the largest natural health profession in the United States.
Yes. Doctors of Chiropractic (also known as Chiropractors) are called Dr. because they are doctors in the field of Chiropractic. They are not Medical Doctors but go through a similar education process to become licensed in the field of chiropractic care. It is common for the Chiropractor to be referred to as Dr. in their office. In our office Dr. Hungerford is referred to as Dr. Dan.
Chiropractors are known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain, and headaches. They also treat sports injuries and other disorders involving muscles, ligaments and joints. The benefits of chiropractic care go beyond this and extend into general health as our core body structure affects overall function and health.
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific, controlled force in a precise direction that is applied to a spinal joint not moving properly or “locked up.” The purpose of this natural and safe procedure is to correct structural alignment and eliminate interference in the nervous system. For the patient, this means improved spinal function, reduction in pain, and an overall improvement in health and wellness.
Chiropractic manipulation is a controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment. Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after your first visit can help ease any pain and promote healing. Chiropractors can modify a technique to ensure patient comfort. If you have a request, just ask. Chiropractors want you to get the best results possible.
Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive professions available for the treatment of most back and neck problems. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor.
The noises you hear resembling popping sounds are your joints releasing tiny pockets of air. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of a joint; it affects the connective tissue that holds the joint together.
Each patient’s care is unique and therefore customized to meet their specific condition and needs. Your chiropractor will modify adjustments based on your size, weight, age and health condition. The analysis will be similar to other patients, however the care will be custom to the patient.
For many, back pain can become chronic if left untreated. Chiropractic care has been shown to ease and even eliminate back pain for many patients. Most patients make a complete recovery when the patient follows the recommendations of care.
Many pregnant women find that chiropractic adjustments improve pain during pregnancy and make delivery easier. Adjustments are adapted to accommodate the stage of pregnancy and the unique needs of each patient. Look for a Chiropractor that has advanced training from the ICPA, The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Providers at Platinum Chiropractic in Grand Rapids, MI have this training.
More than 80 percent of people experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, it is one of the most reported reasons people miss work and is the second most frequent reason patients visit the doctor.
Some parts of the exam may require you to remove some pieces of clothing, however removing clothing is not necessary for an adjustment. If you have any questions or concerns, bring them up immediately with your Chiropractor.
Chiropractors are trained to adjust using specific techniques to ensure patient safety and results. Performing an adjustment correctly requires years of training, practice, and education. As a result it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. Performing an adjustment requires a degree of Doctor or Chiropractic and a professional license. Acquiring your license and degree takes approximately 8 years of college and graduate education. If you're interested in becoming a Chiropractor, let us know. We would be happy to help you get started.
How to Find the Right Chiropractor
Below are a few pointers to help you find the right chiropractor to assist with your needs.
Getting started is easy. In most cases Chiropractic care is direct access, meaning you can use Chiropractic care without a referral. Most patients schedule with us directly and start the same week.
No. Many patients pay for care directly. As a result of Chiropractic's fantastic safety record, Chiropractors are able to offer affordable care that makes care easy for you and your family.