Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractors:
What is a chiropractor?
When most people hear the word chiropractor they immediately think of back pain, shoulder pain, or getting your “back cracked” which is all true…but as you can imagine it’s a bit more complex. Generally speaking, a chiropractor or a chiropractic clinic is focused on musculoskeletal issues (including arm & leg joints, headaches), in connection with your central nervous system, and the impacts on overall health as well as quality of life.
What does a chiropractic adjustment do?
Your spine is the chariot of your central nervous system; responsible for posture, bearing your body’s weight, and makes it possible to walk, run, or perform graceful gymnastics. As such, it’s complex with bones (vertebrae), tendons, ligaments, etc. An adjustment is where a chiropractor applies pressure to your vertebrae to release tension, relieve pain, restore normal movement, and return some functionality.
Difference: Chiropractor vs. Physical Therapy
While both professions involve the treatment of pain and injury, primary differences revolve around educational pathways, disciplines/philosophies, and clinical expertise. A general rule of thumb could be, “Chiropractic = Spinal Manipulation / PT = Functional Exercise” To dig a bit deeper into the differences and similarities, Keith Poorbaugh of Northern Edge Physical Therapy (a fellow professional near our Wasilla Clinic) made this great Comparison Chart.
How often should I get a chiropractic adjustment?
The answer, as you might expect, is completely situational. It depends on the issues you’re dealing with, and in part, the philosophy of your chiropractor. At Better Health Alaska, and our Juneau chiropractic clinic we believe in designing a treatment plan around your life, whether that include regular visits or only coming in when you feel the need to get a chiropractic adjustment.
What can a chiropractor do for my shoulder pain?
Because about 50% of us experience shoulder pain of some kind in our lives, this is a common question in any chiropractic clinic. What your chiropractor will do first is assess the symptoms, then determine or diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain. Once this is taken into account they will prescribe a treatment, or a combination treatment (chiropractic medicine & rehabilitative therapy) to address the shoulder pain issue.
What is a pinched nerve treatment?
Because the nerves that travel throughout your body begin in your spine (the chariot of your central nervous system), when a spinal nerve is pinched it can impact your hands, legs, shoulders, etc. This is a condition called radiculopathy and has a variety of causes, from stenosis to degenerating discs. To address this we use treatments that include chiropractic care, rehabilitative therapy , DRS treatment and MCU therapy.