Wellness, Vitality, and the
Essence of Chiropractic Care
Wellness, Vitality, and the Essence of Chiropractic Care
We believe that chiropractic care is a key part of any good health plan. It does more than just treat problems — it helps prevent them. This approach keeps your body strong, healthy, and balanced.
A body that’s working well feels great. That’s the goal of chiropractic care. It aims to keep your body running smoothly, just like nature intended. This harmony brings physical and emotional well-being together.
Feeling good helps you do more. It gives you energy and helps you reach your goals. In this way, chiropractic care isn’t just about health. It’s also a path to achieving your full potential.
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Before proceeding with chiropractic care, it is important to take proper measures to ensure that it is the best method of treatment for your condition. The success or failure of the procedure will depend largely on those measures. Also, an honest assessment of the risks and benefits offered by chiropractic care will enable one to make the safest choice.
Chiropractic care is amazingly safe and effective. The result of analyzing the risks and benefits of chiropractic care will help create an awareness by making the safest choice for treatment possible. If you might ask, what does the knowledge of the risks and benefits do to you? For one, it helps you assess whether the benefits outweigh the risks, and vice versa. If your chiropractor finds that you are at a higher risk by opting for chiropractic care, then they may recommend that you seek a non-chiropractic alternative. Here at Weiss Chiropractic, we continually ask patients to consider the advice of family physicians, physical therapists, and other specialists concerning the spine. All in all, chiropractic care maintains one of the least risks in its approach, for the greatest benefit. Statistically, it is the safest form of spinal care today. You have a far greater chance of injury from driving to the chiropractor than being treated by one. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to inform Dr. Weiss.
Chiropractic care is initially intended to cure any dysfunctions or irregularities an individual suffers in their joints or spine. And with the continued growth of chiropractic all throughout the world, it speaks a lot about the effectiveness of this particular non-medicinal practice.
One distinct benefit with chiropractic care is the immediate relief that may be experienced by the patient. Joint or back pains are typically caused by misalignment on those particular areas of the body. Hence, corrections made provide instant relief since the pain is associated by the wrong positioning. Therefore, chiropractic care can address a wide range of related problems such as back pain, neck pain, or referred pain, among others. However, chiropractic’s most profound benefit is the long-term improvement it may yield to patients by arresting or slowing degenerative changes within the spine and pelvis.
All types of Health Care procedures or alternative therapy pose their own set of risks, and the same applies with chiropractic care. With chiropractic care, the risks are non-life threatening since the methodologies used in this particular non-medicinal practice are non-invasive. Hence, if there are any side effects at all, then they are mostly of transient types and can be as simple as a sensation of localized stiffness and soreness that pose no real threat. However, there are also rare cases wherein minor side effects dramatically evolved into a higher degree with more prominent regularity. Several recent news items have reported on the supposed risks of chiropractic manipulation to the neck. As a practicing chiropractor who uses neck manipulation everyday in my practice, I find these reports exaggerated and alarmist. In 24 years of practice, I have personally performed, received and/or witnessed well over 750,000 neck manipulations/adjustments, without a single significant complication. Clearly, the risks of neck manipulation/adjustments are not as common as some of the more irresponsible reports imply.
Based upon numerous studies, the most reasonable estimate of the risk of stroke (CVA) from cervical manipulation is one-half to two incidents per million manipulations/adjustments performed. While it has been argued that the rate of strokes may be significantly under-reported in the literature, it is probable that the rate of accidental impairment are proportionally over-reported, since it is likely the more serious and impressive cases would be described in the literature. Therefore, a conservative estimate of the risk of impairment from stroke caused by neck manipulation is about 1 in 5.85 million manipulations/adjustments.
For proper perspective, the risks of chiropractic neck treatment should be compared to the risks of other treatments for similar conditions. For example, even the most conservative “conventional” treatment for neck and back pain, prescription of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), may carry a significantly greater risk than manipulation/adjustment. One study found a 4/10,000 annual mortality rate for NSAID induced ulcers among patients treated for non-rheumatic conditions such as musculoskeletal pain and osteoarthritis; that extrapolates to 3,200 deaths in the US annually. While it might be argued that the population covered in this study were only patients under long-term NSAID therapy, and that acute use carries far less risk, it is not true that these complications are limited only to chronic NSAID users. Studies have found short-term NSAID use was actually associated with a much higher rate of GI complications than chronic use. Less conservative treatments such as neck surgery are also commonly used for conditions very similar to the conditions chiropractors treat using spinal manipulation. There is a 3-4% rate of complication for cervical spine surgery, and 4,000-10,000 deaths per million neck surgeries.
Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding – four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.
In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.