Chiropractic is a natural form of healthcare that uses spinal adjustment to correct misalignments and restore proper function to the nervous system, helping your body to heal naturally. Chiropractic doesn't use drugs or surgery. Chiropractic is one of today's fastest growing, most-sough after fields. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for chiropractors is expected to grow "faster than average" in the coming years, as consumer demand for wellness care increases. Chiropractic is the fastest-growing and second-largest primary care profession.
Like a dentist, a Chiropractor can be visited without referral from a medical doctor. All 50 states consider chiropractors primary care providers, which means that you can seek direct access to a doctor of chiropractic without a medical referral. Chiropractors are very knowledgeable and familiar with spinal health issues and are trained to diagnose health problems in cooperation with other healthcare professionals.
On your first-time visit, an in-depth confidential health exam will take place. The chiropractic exam will include: consultation, patient history, and physical examination. During the physical examination we utilize a variety of methods to determine the spinal segments that require chiropractic care, including but not limited to static and motion palpation techniques determining spinal segments that are hypo mobile (Restricted in their movement) or fixated.
After analyzing the data, x-rays may or may not be taken. While not always necessary, they are a reliable way of making care safer by ruling out contraindications while measuring changes in spinal alignments. Viewing accurately assess the position of bones to determine if ligaments in your spinal column have been stretched or torn.
Expect the first visit to take anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour.