What is a Chiropractor?

In simple terms, Chiropractors are specialists who are trained to help people with spine problems. However, all treatment by chiropractors are non-surgical.

Chiropractors treat patients using techniques such as the manipulation of the spine. This is done with specific movements to help align the spine. Training and education for chiropractors focuses mainly on the connection and relationship between the spine and the nervous system. This helps them alleviate pain from a number of back conditions.

Problems that Chiropractors can help with:

  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Back muscle strains
  • Pain from arthritis

Additionally, chiropractors can help to improve the stability of the of the spine through recommendations. They are specialists in working out correct exercise programmes that can help deal with problematic back conditions as well as ergonomics.

All treatment is done after a full consultation. Most chiropractors will ask many questions to get a full picture of the patients medical history, in particular reference to any previous spine problems and the history of the current back condition. In some cases, x-rays and physical examination may be necessary before being able to start any treatment.

Chiropractors are trained to undertake many different ways of assessing your spine, such as:

  • The joints, bones, muscles and tendons of the spine can be fully checked for any problems.
  • Apart from the spine, the chiropractor can also assess the neck and head to note if there are any problems or signs of possible defects stemming from the connection to the spine.
  • Neurological tests are done by chiropractors to check the function of nerve roots, coordination, reflexes and motor strength.
  • Chiropractors can also perform orthopedic and cardiovascular tests.
  • Motion range and stability.
  • Strength and tone of muscles.

Chiropractor treatments

Obviously the type of chiropractor treatment used will depend on your back problem. Here, we will cover some of the main types of chiropractor treatments:

  • Spinal manipulation: A form of treatment that involves short quick thrusts to move any vertebrae that is out of place. This can realign the spine and increase the range of motion.
  • Mobilization: Mobilization treatment relates to increasing the ability of movement and range of motion by stretching the joints and muscles.
  • Manipulation under anesthesia:
  • Exercises: Exercise programs are one of the most common type of chiropractor treatments. This is because exercise is very important and can work wonders to problematic spines. Chiropractors can design an exercise program to target your problem.
  • Ergonomics: Chiropractors can recommend movements or specific products that can help treat your spine. This will depend on your spine and if your problem is related to your job.