Chiropractic care is a form of healthcare that dates back to the late 1800’s, and, yet, many people are still not aware of the true power of this natural form of healthcare. For those that have already been exposed, the benefits and experiences are both positive and endless. For some people, a visit to the chiropractor sounds like a scary place, and, worse yet, some still believe that chiropractic is only helpful for those with a “bad back.” The conjecture and trepidation that surrounds this practice is only present because the unknown can often be intimidating. It is simply misunderstood by those that haven’t been there yet. To set the record straight, and see how a chiropractor may be able to benefit you in your life, we’ve assembled our top 3 questions surrounding chiropractic.
For the most part, the chiropractor treats the spine. The spine is essentially, a stack of bones or vertebrae that act as the main support column of the torso. The spinal column also serves as a protective sheath of armor that protects the lower brainstem just below the skull and spinal cord as it travels down your back.
The spine consists of 24 vertebrae and while most chiropractors treat the entire spine some choose to specialize on the area where the head and neck meet, which surrounds the lower brain stem –called the upper cervical spine or craniocervical junction. This sounds simple enough, but the truth is that treating the spine means treating ailments all over the body. Back pain, neck pain, and joint pain are just the beginning. And since the spine houses the spinal cord, a healthy spine also means a healthy central nervous system, which, as we know, controls every aspect of every cell in the body. As a result, many people find improvement in migraines, headaches, insomnia, digestion, their immune system, vertigo, brain fog, and much much more.
Most of the time a chiropractor treats the body by manually adjusting or correcting the spine. In other words, they use their hands to place the spine into its proper alignment. Again, some chiropractors can do this without any form of twisting, cracking or popping of the neck or back. The reason some are able to correct the spine in such a gentle manner is due to the fact that a series of digital x-rays is usually taken to know exactly how a certain bone misaligns and to what degree. Once you are ‘armed’ with this ‘blueprint’ of the spine, you don’t have to jump off the roof of your building to correct the misalignment. With the first few visits, they will use this method to fix misalignments that are already present. With ongoing care, they will keep the spine in its proper alignment, which may prevent further misalignments from occurring in the first place.
This question is asked often. While chiropractors are not medical doctors they are, indeed, doctors of chiropractic. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs and instead, rely on the natural intelligence of the human body to heal itself. They typically attend a 4-year university and then go on to chiropractic school for another 4 years. Some even choose to specialize and continue their education for another 1-3 years –similar to a fellowship. At the end, they graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. They must hold a state license to practice in any of the 50 states and abide by the regulations set forth by each of the states’ chiropractic boards.
If you would like to include chiropractic care as part of your normal routine, try Blair Chiropractic Los Angeles. Blair Chiropractic Los Angeles makes getting care easier than ever. A walk in appointment policy and an affordable pricing plan mean ease and convenience for everyone. A chiropractor at Blair Chiropractic Los Angeles may be able to align your spine and help you stay happy and healthy now and into the future.