Chiropractic is a licensed health care profession that emphasizes the body’s ability to heal itself. Treatment typically involves manual therapy, often including spinal manipulation. Other forms of treatment, such as exercise and nutritional counseling, may be used as well.
Chiropractic as a profession began in 1895 when its founder, Daniel David Palmer, “adjusted” the spine of a deaf janitor and claimed to restore his hearing. Spinal manipulation was not an unknown treatment in 1895, and Palmer never claimed to be the first to use manipulation for the cure of disease. He did claim, however, to be the first to use specific contacts as short-leverage points for making more specific spinal “adjustments.”
Becoming a chiropractor requires earning a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and obtaining a state license. Doctor of Chiropractic programs typically take 4 years to complete and require at least 3 years (preferably 4 years) of undergraduate college education for admission.
Physical Therapists are university trained and are experts in injury diagnosis, injury treatment, exercise prescription, injury prevention, rehabilitation and many other areas of sport and health and fitness.
Be prepared to provide your previous medical or surgical history. If you have them and if they are relevant bring, scan/MRI reports, and a list of medication. You may wish to bring shorts and a t-shirt.
Wear Something Comfortable. When you visit a chiropractor for an adjustment, your clothes should not restrict movement. You need to be able to lie down in them and move easily. Loose clothing makes this simpler. You can wear comfortable running shorts, yoga pants or leggings with a loose top or shirt.
Treatment duration depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, and other factors. Re-evaluations will be done to assess your progress and your therapist communicates with your physician to help you achieve your therapy goals.
For most patients chiropractic adjustments are painless. However, some patients who are new to chiropractic adjustments may experience some discomfort after their treatment for a day or two due to the adjustment.