What is Chiro?
The word “Chiro” is derived from “Cheir,” which is the Greek word for hand. These days the word “Chiro” refers to a Chiropractor. We will be using the terms “Chiropractor” or “Chiro” interchangeably in this article.
A joint or spine adjustment by a Chiro is the very foundation of chiropractic treatment. The first thing that our Chiros do is a thorough assessment of your condition. In our centers, the Chiro (Chiropractor) assessing you will start your examination by asking you questions about your lifestyle, issues, and other aspects that relate to your problem. After having understood the root-cause of your condition, our Chiro will prepare a targeted treatment plan. Treatment plans may include physiotherapy or just chiropractic treatments. Treatments by a chiropractor are called adjustments. In our center, a chiropractor (Chiro), provides the needed adjustments. Your adjustments will be manually or through a specialized device. Let’s provide you some background information on what a Chiropractor does as well as the chiropractic profession.
What do Chiros Do?
Chiros deal with problems that arise for the neuro-musculoskeletal systems. In other words, the chiropractic care you get focuses on issues related to the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. In our centers, our Chiros apply the neuro-musculoskeletal treatments to help patients with a variety of health issues. Best of all, the care they provide is made better through the clinical efforts of an expert team of physiotherapists.
What are the Principles of Chiropractic Treatment?
One of the major principles of the chiropractic is the correction of misalignments in joint or spine. When a joint misaligns, it disrupts proper function, leading to pain, loss of strength and malfunction. A misalignment in the spine is even more critical as it will pinch nerves. Nerve compression is the leading reason why so many opt for surgical intervention when it comes to neck or back pain.
Our Chiro has expert knowledge and uses the latest technology and clinical practices to restores proper function by relieving the compressed nerve. In short, our Chiropractor can repair even severe damage to the spine or joint conditions. They accomplish this through accurate diagnosis and subsequent care. Our difference is how we treat you.
In our centers, our Chiro always works in with our clinical physiotherapists (Physios) to enhance each chiropractic session. Therefore, the attention you get from us will have a more significant impact when compared to others. In fact, we have obtained better results through our methods of chiropractic and physiotherapists. In short, a chiropractor can help with a broad range of issues, which include muscle aches, headaches and much more.
Chiropractic Adjustment (Chiro Treatment)
An adjustment refers to the type of care that you receive from a Chiro. Doctors of Chiropractic perform chiropractic treatments or adjustments to restore the proper alignment of your skull bones, jaws, joints or spine. The spine may be affected by a variety of conditions as related to the spinal discs or vertebrae. Spinal disc or spinal bone shifting, slipping or malpositioning may pinch the spinal cord or spinal nerves. Our Chiros use Physios procedures, instruments or their hands to correct and stabilize the root-causes without needing surgery, injections or medication.
The foundations of the therapy you receive from our Chiros are adjustments, but there are other steps they might take. Some other treatments include the following:
- • Personal care instructions
- • Exercise
- • Nutrition
- • Physiotherapy
Overall, each chiropractor is different just like each patient is. However, at the very heart of all chiropractic procedure is the adjustment you get. The sole purpose of an adjustment is to correct any alignment issues in your spine or joints.
What To Expect From Visiting A Chiropractor
Now that you have a better understanding of the most fundamental principles of chiropractic – the adjustment – your next step is understanding what you can expect from your first visit our Chiro. Although each patient is a unique individual, the following sequences of events occur during your consultation at a Chiropractic Specialty Center visit:
Consultation – One our clinical Chiro will start by speaking to you about what your problems and pains are, get a clear understanding of your lifestyle, what might have caused your injury, and what precisely is causing the problem you are experiencing.
MRI and X-Rays – Our Chiro my refer you for an MRI or ax-rays Diagnostic tests such as MRI and X-rays can help our chiropractor get a better understanding of the cause of your health issue. They might identify problems with bulging or herniated discs, ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, spinal stenosis, and vertebrae out of place or curvature of the spine. X-rays or an MRI provide a clear picture of what steps are needed to ensure comprehensive therapy options.
Physiotherapy – Our Chiro work in conjunction with our Physio. Therefore, physiotherapy will be an integral part of the care you receive from us.
The Chiropractic Treatment and Instruction Given by Our Chiros
Chiropractic Adjustments – The chiropractic adjustment (Chiro treatment) is a necessary part of treating spine and joint conditions. Chiro care will enable your body to recover much faster as opposed to Physio only. Our collaborative Chiro and Physio treatments are the leading reasons why we succeed when others fail. Before your spine is adjusted, our chiropractor will provide you with the details of your chiropractic care.
Personal Care Instructions – You will be p given clear instructions on the steps you need to take as part of your self-care. They may include such things as stretching exercises, pain relief instructions, no strenuous activities, and more. A significant aspect of effective chiropractic care depends on you following the suggestions are given to you, so make sure to pay close attention to them.
Understanding Your Treatment
Here are a couple of points worth mentioning. Keep the following suggestions in mind when it comes to your Chiropractic session:
- Follow the treatment advice given to you. If our Chiro tells you no heavy lifting, that means don’t do any heavy lifting. Failing to follow advice may make it substantially more difficult to overcome the pain you are experiencing.
- Treatment takes time. On your first visit, you are not going to get instantly cured. Instead, you should expect to visit our Chiro several times, depending on the severity of your condition. You must keep in mind that it took time to develop your current condition, and it may take some time before the root-causes are repaired and fixed. There are times when patients get better with only one treatment. However, that is just for conditions that are not long-standing issues.
To learn more about the profession of Chiropractic and Chiropractors, please visit the World Federation of Chiropractors website here.
Visit our Chiropractor Today
Be honest. Let our Chiropractor know if you don’t think your treatment is working. They need to be updated continuously on your progress. At times our Chiropractor will amend or change the procedures they are using for better results. Those changes will occur whenever there is sufficient information shared between our patient and chiropractor.
In summary, a chiropractor is a health professional that can provide relief from stiffness and pain that modern medical care or physiotherapy alone can’t offer. They have a genuine place within the medical community. There is an excellent chance our Chiro will be able to help you. The first step to take towards having a life with less pain is to get an appointment scheduled with our Chiro today.