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What does a Chiropractor ACTUALLY do?

Chiropractors are qualified health professionals who can assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, such as back and neck pain, joint problems, sports injuries and sciatica.  

Chiropractic treatment can be beneficial for a number of reasons; relieving symptoms of pain and discomfort, improving mobility and reducing disability associated with muscle and joint problems.

Chiropractors are trained to use a range of techniques when treating their patients. They are best known for using manual methods of care, including spinal and joint manipulation (also referred to as ‘adjustments’) but may also use other hands-on or instrument-assisted approaches. Many chiropractors will provide lifestyle advice and exercises to help you manage your condition. This may include dietary and nutritional advice as well as strategies to manage stress and discomfort.

 

At your initial consultation a chiropractor will discuss your medical history with you and physically assess your symptoms to determine if chiropractic treatment is right for you and your condition, and what techniques are most likely to help. Chiropractors are trained to recognise when chiropractic treatment will not help a medical condition and will make a referral to your General Practitioner or another healthcare professional, if necessary. 

 

Following your initial assessment and before starting any treatment your chiropractor will provide you with an explanation of their findings, what recommended treatment options are available and the benefits of chiropractic care.

 

At all stages of treatment and care, you will be involved in shared decision-making with the chiropractor. Most chiropractors will discuss with you and provide you with stretching/strengthening exercises to facilitate maximum improvement of the condition being treated.    

 

During treatment, your chiropractor will use specific hands-on or instrument-assisted techniques to improve your condition. They will explain all these techniques, including hand placements on your body. However, should you have any questions or wish for further explanation, just ask. At any time, you can request a family member or third person to be present during treatment.

 

The number of sessions you require will vary depending on your condition and how the treatment progresses. Your chiropractor will provide you with an indication of the number of treatment sessions you may need. Most patients see improvements in their condition after a few treatment sessions. If you do not notice an improvement, your chiropractor will discuss other care options.

 

As your condition improves you may need treatment less often in order to maintain wellness and ensure that your body is functioning as well as it can.

 

Chiropractic care helps many people across the world and it may be the right choice for you too.


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