What is it?
Chiropractors specialize in first line treatment of musculoskeletal pain and injuries. We can diagnose your condition using the same tests that a medical doctor or orthopedist uses. A chiropractor’s goal is not to give patients drugs so they don’t feel pain, but to discover the source of the pain and correct the problem.
Why use a Chiropractor
The spine is the structural support for the whole body. If parts of the spine become misaligned, the body cannot work properly, and pain can start. The only way to get the misaligned areas moving again, and actually fix the underlying problem, is to use an adjustment.
Chiropractors do not prescribe medication or use surgery, so you can trust that you are treating your pain without causing side effects or other potential problems.
What is an Adjustment?
An adjustment is a chiropractor’s method of moving a restricted or stiff joint. First, Dr French will feel the muscles and joints in your spine to determine which ones are not moving properly. Then he moves the joint into a certain position and pushes on it in a way that moves the joint very slightly. (See what happens when a joint is adjusted.) When it moves, the joint makes a popping or clicking sound and it can then function the way it is supposed to.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Adjustments are incredibly safe—actually, they’re one of the safest kinds of medical care available. Of course, there are possibilities of adverse effects with every medical treatment, but the risk for serious complications is much less than using NSAIDs (like Ibuprofen), opiates (like Norco or Morphine) and for injections and surgery. Chiropractors study extensively to fully understand the body’s systems. Dr French has 5 years of postgraduate training, and more than 15 years of experience. The chiropractic training program is comparable to the program of study for medical doctors. According to the American Chiropractic Association, more than 30 million people visited chiropractors last year for a variety of conditions, and more and more medical doctors are referring their patients to doctors of chiropractic.
What problems can it address?
In addition to preventative and wellness care, chiropractic can be used to treat:
- Lower back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Arm and leg pain
For more information, see the ACA patient webpage.
More questions? E-mail Dr French.