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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are physicians who look at the human body as an integrated structure, and give special attention to its physiological and biochemical aspects including structural, spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, nutritional, emotional and environmental relationships.

The procedures used by Doctors of Chiropractic are based on academic and clinical training received in and through accredited chiropractic colleges. Training includes but is not limited to the use of current diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as the adjustment and manipulation of the articulations and adjacent tissues of the human body, particularly of the spinal column.

Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-surgical science. and as such, does not include pharmaceuticals or surgery. Chiropractors are first-contact physicians who possess the diagnostic skills to differentiate health conditions treatable by chiropractic procedures alone from those that require referral to other health care professionals or should be co-managed with other health care professionals . Chiropractors provide conservative management of nerve, muscle, and skeletal disorders and related conditions including but not limited to, back pain, neck pain and headaches.

Chiropractors are expert providers of spinal and other therapeutic adjustments. They also utilize a variety of manual, mechanical and electrical therapeutic methods to achieve results. Chiropractors also provide patient evaluation and instructions regarding health promotion through proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle modification among others.

What Are The Benefits of Chiropractics?

Some experts* estimate that as many as 80% of all of us will experience a back problem at some time in our lives?.
Because back problems are this common it's probably going to happen to you too! Shouldn't you find out what to do about it before it happens rather than after? Why wait until you're hurting to learn about your treatment options?

When you're hurting you may not give this important decision the time and attention it needs to make the best choice.

Manipulation, also frequently called the chiropractic adjustment, is one of several established forms of treatment used for back problems. Used primarily by Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) for the last century, manipulation has been largely ignored by most others in the health care community until recently. Now, with today's growing emphasis on effective and economic health treatment, manipulation is receiving much more widespread attention. In fact, after an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research - a federal government research organization - recommends that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first, and recommends spinal manipulation as the ONLY safe and effective, DRUGLESS form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.

Chiropractic manipulation has been used extensively by Americans for the last one hundred years. Satisfied chiropractic patients already know that DCs are uniquely trained and experienced in diagnosing back problems, and the most skilled in using manipulation for the treatment of back pain and related disorders. To learn more about the federal government's recommendations and how chiropractic manipulation may help you, ask Dr. Hsieh

*Vallfors B. Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11: 1-98.

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