What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural method of health care with the proven ability to relieve back pain, increase vitality, and promote well-being. For over a century, doctors of chiropractic have successfully helped millions of individuals recover from spine-related health problems. As a result, chiropractic has earned its place as the largest drugless and non-surgical health care profession in the United States.

How does chiropractic work?

The human body possesses a natural ability to restore itself. This ability depends on a healthy nervous system. Life’s events such as car accidents, sports injuries, repetitive work, and life stresses are just some of the factors that can overwhelm the body’s ability to adapt. The joints of the spine ‘lock up’ and shift from their normal alignment when these sorts of events occur. Spinal joint restriction and/or misalignment results in irritation and/or pressure on the spinal nerves muscle and joints.

The resulting symptoms may include pain, loss of range of motion, tenderness, swelling, tingling, numbness, or spasm around the joints of the spine, back, and neck.

Many times these sensations extend further into the shoulders and arms, around the rib cage, or into the hips and down the legs. Spinal misalignments can even lead to headaches, stomach and digestive problems, and loss of overall health. Chiropractic care can correct these misalignments, restoring the body to its optimal form and function. 

What conditions do you commonly treat?

Doctors of chiropractic are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of spinal conditions, which is why an increasing number of back pain sufferers are turning to us for fast, effective, and reliable care. Similarly, more and more hospitals and private practices are now working closely with doctors of chiropractic in order to ensure the best quality of care for patients who suffer from spine-related injuries and dysfunction. 

The benefits of chiropractic care have also been shown to extend beyond reduction of back and neck pain. In fact, chiropractic has proven itself as useful in the relief of headaches, dizziness, carpal tunnel syndrome, jaw pain, sciatica, and tingling in the arms and legs. The rewards of chiropractic care are numerous. People under chiropractic care report better health and well-being and many families have realized the benefits of chiropractic care for their children.

Is chiropractic safe?

YES! Its non-surgical, drug-free approach to health places chiropractic among the safest of all health care practices. Remember, chiropractic takes nothing out of the body and puts nothing in. As a result, chiropractors enjoy one of the lowest malpractice rates of all health care professionals. There is no better measure of safety in healthcare than malpractice rates. Furthermore, your initial evaluation at our office involves a number of tests to help insure that chiropractic care will be safe for you.

Like all primary health care providers, doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive education and training before becoming licensed professionals. Students begin by fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements, with a strong emphasis on the core sciences such as chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and physics. 

The professional program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree is very demanding. Chiropractic students continue their study of the sciences, including pathology and biochemistry, at a highly detailed level. 

Their education continues into the advanced clinical sciences including orthopedics, neurology, examination procedures, differential diagnosis, and X-ray interpretation. During this entire process, aspiring doctors of chiropractic gain knowledge of the philosophy and practice of health care and chiropractic.

Doctors of chiropractic refine their technical adjusting skills in technique classes. During clinical internships student doctors perfect these skills.

Finally, all doctors of chiropractic must pass the rigorous national board exams and state exams before licensure in the field.

What can I expect on my first visit?

Your initial visit will begin with a consultation where we will discuss your present condition. 

Next, an examination will be performed to evaluate the nature of your problem. This examination generally includes a series of basic physical tests, as well as a specialized chiropractic evaluation of spinal movement and posture. 

If necessary, it may be recommended that X-rays be taken to obtain further information about the position and mechanics of your spine and the health of your spinal joints and discs. 

After completing the analysis, a second appointment will be made where we will explain your problem and map out an appropriate plan of action with you.

Sometimes you may be referred to another health care specialist for further evaluation or treatment. Chiropractors work with a variety of health care professionals in the best interest of our patients.

Over the course of your care, we will monitor your individual response and may also recommend changes to your lifestyle, work environment, dietary, and exercise patterns.

How does chiropractic correct my spinal problems?

Following consultation and examination, a program of care will be designed and customized to your specific needs. This program is centered around the chiropractic adjustment. The primary goal of an adjustment is to improve spinal alignment and motion, thereby relieving nerve irritation, pressure, and pain. Specific adjustments may also be performed to correct abnormal posture as well as spinal traction to restore the normal curves of the spine. Treatment may also involve muscular therapy to ease muscle tension and spasms. 

You may feel immediate improvement after an adjustment, although most people experience gradual, progressive relief of symptoms. Since adjustments restore motion to previously locked joints, ligaments and tendons begin to stretch back to their normal length. This lengthening may cause slight muscle soreness similar to that brought on by rigorous exercise. If you experience these sensations, be assured that within days you’ll likely be enjoying the benefits of improved spinal motion with less pain that results from a healthier spine. For the best results, follow the plan recommended for you.

How much chiropractic care will I need?

The number of visits depends on the nature of your condition and your personal goals. Many people use chiropractic as part of a preventative health care routine, scheduling chiropractic appointments on a regular basis to keep their bodies functioning at their best. Others seek care and treatment for specific conditions with the primary goal of treatment being pain relief. We’ll discuss your objectives in order to develop a treatment plan that works best for you.

 Keep in mind, healing rates vary from person to person. Children tend to respond more quickly to treatment, whereas adults and seniors may respond more slowly. A good rule of thumb is that the longer the spine has not been working properly, the more extensive the care plan may be to achieve desired results.

Is chiropractic care expensive? Will my insurance cover it?

Chiropractic has demonstrated itself to be one of the most cost-effective forms of care in all of the health care market. Many health care plans provide coverage for chiropractic care but plans can vary widely in their coverage. Our staff will be happy to check your health plan’s benefits at the time of your first visit. Many patients pay directly for care, as they discover chiropractic to be extremely cost-effective and affordable. Suchecki Chiropractic and Wellness Center is currently a provider for the following health plans; Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Network Health, and Neighborhood Health.

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