What Does a Chiropractor Do and Does it Hurt?
What does a Chiropractor do?
You’re looking for options for one or more of your health concerns and you’re wondering, “What does a chiropractor do?”
In short, Chiropractors work to establish the proper spinal function to enhance a patient’s quality of life. They establish proper spinal function by using spinal manipulations or spinal adjustments. These manipulations are performed to problematic spinal segments. The spinal manipulations work with the body’s nervous, muscle, and skeletal systems to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.
Most chiropractors focus primarily on the joints of the spinal column. Other Chiropractors work with joints in the spine and the extremities such as the shoulders, hands, feet, TMJ, hips, knees, and elbows. Although most Chiropractors have some extremity training from Chiropractic school, most conditions require additional training outside of their standard education.
What your visits to the Chiropractor might look like:
- Initial intake – Paperwork focusing on your current condition, health history, review of systems, past injuries, and treatment
goals. Also, how your activities of daily living are affected, treatment consent, and office policies.
- Consultation – This is where the doctor will gather more information from the patient to gain a clearer understanding of the patient’s condition.
- Physical Examination – The doctor will examine key indicators related to the patient’s condition. This may include inspections, posture analysis, leg length measurement, palpation, range of motion, neurological testing, and orthopedic testing.
- Advanced Testing – Common types of advanced testing includes x-ray, MRI, surface EMG, and dynamic EMG.
- Report of Findings – This is where the doctor and patient go over the results of the testing and formulate a proper treatment regimen.
- Treatment – A common Chiropractic visit may include a series of spinal manipulations, stretching or strengthening exercises, and mechanical traction therapy.
- Re-Examinations – Chiropractors do periodic progress evaluations to ensure the treatment is working as expected and make changes to treatments when necessary.
A good Chiropractor should identify the problem, measure the problem using objective and quantifiable data, treat the problem, periodically re-measure the problem, and treat accordingly.
Does Chiropractic Treatment Hurt?
If you’ve never had treatment from a chiropractor, you’re probably wondering a very common question. Is it painful? Does the adjustment actually hurt?
Most of the time, the adjustments feel good for the patient, the patients love how it feels. The love what their spine feels like after an adjustment. There is an increase in mobility and a great sense of euphoria they receive after an adjustment.
Conditions when Chiropractic care may elicit pain:
- Extreme amount pain from a recent automobile injury or sports injury
- Inflammatory arthritic conditions such as psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and lupus
- Hypersensitive conditions such as fibromyalgia, hyperalgesia, and central pain syndrome.
- Severe osteoarthritis
The conditions listed above are not contraindications to Chiropractic care and many of the conditions listed above can respond very favorably to Chiropractic treatment.
The key is to find the easiest way or the most comfortable way for the patient to get treated that doesn’t inflame their condition and isn’t painful for the patient. Work with your Chiropractor to find the most comfortable way to do a treatment that doesn’t induce pain and gets the best results possible.
Not all Chiropractors are the same so it’s best to find one that fits your needs and helps you achieve your desired health outcomes. For those in the Cincinnati area, Dr. Kelly Duffner and The Family First Spine Center are here to help you put your life back in full motion.