What Does a Chiropractor Do?

If you are looking to see a chiropractor, you may be wondering what a chiropractor does and what kinds of services they offer. A chiropractor is a professional in the healthcare business.  Their focus is on the treatment of muscular disorders through manual manipulation or adjustment of the spine. In addition to providing services that reduce immediate pain, chiropractors also advise patients on ways to increase their spinal health via physical health, exercises, and other self-care treatments.

Chiropractors understand the relationship between the nervous system and the spine. They believe that chiropractic manipulation which restores natural positioning of the spine reduces pressure on the tissue and inflammation, which can treat a variety of issues. They believe that many problems have a root cause in misalignment in neck or spinal vertebrae, and that re-alignment and adjustment is a natural method of fixing these problems.

Chiropractic treatment has been proven beneficial for alleviating back and neck pain, chronic disorders, and other symptoms through deep tissue massage and other chiropractic practices. Chiropractors can treat a variety of ailments, including but not limited to:

  • Lower back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Physical injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain

Chiropractors do not perform surgery, nor do they prescribe medicine. If a chiropractor feels it is necessary, they can refer a patient to a physician or doctor with specializations in the treatment needed. Sometimes chiropractors work in conjunction with medical treatment, in which case, they will likely refer you to a conventional medical professional.

If you have scheduled an appointment with a chiropractor, you may want to know what to expect. At the first visit, you will hold an interview with the chiropractor which will focus on your patient history and current symptoms. The chiropractor may also conduct an exam which includes tests like blood pressure or possible blood work as needed. Further tests may be needed to assess the affected area: they may have you try to manipulate an affected area, analyze your posture, or examine the trouble area. In subsequent visits, the chiropractor will work with you to develop and administer a treatment plan that best fits your needs.

Do you have questions about what a chiropractor does, or are you interested in scheduling an initial appointment? Family Chiropractic serves patients in the Longview, WA area. Contact Family Chiropractic Care today or give us a call at (370) 636-2636.