Why Should I See a Chiropractor?
Whenever possible, it’s good to see a chiropractor at least once in awhile for general checkups and preventative purposes. Otherwise, most people schedule an appointment when they experience muscle-related or joint-related pain, or unexplained lower back pain. More recently, another big reason has to do with corrective posture measures at work – from construction to chronic sitting. There’s plenty of reasons to come visit a Better Health Alaska clinic!
What Does Chiropractic for Back Pain Involve?
Well, of course it depends on the nature of what your dealing with. At Better Health Alaska we tend to veer away from narrow single-treatment programs. Around here it’s about customizing programs that incorporate any elements of chiropractic care, chiropractic massage therapy, and physical rehab needed to increase your quality of life, reduce pain, and restore health. Our clinics are fully outfitted to provide a wide range of services targeting lower back pain and related issues.
What Does Joint Cracking Mean in Chiropractic Adjustments/Treatment?
Such a great question. It’s shocking how popular online back cracking videos are. Just watching chiropractors use spinal decompression and slight force to produce those cracks feels good! The chiropractor’s basically realigning bones, or giving them back full range of motion. Or, un-sticking joints causing a cavitation (the pop!), which is a release of gas. Your joints produce gas processing nutrients and lubricant fluid. They get stuck, it builds, and your adjustment releases the tension and allows lubricant to return – relief!
What Education, Certifications and License should a Chiropractor Have?
The basic roadmap goes like this, but it can vary by state:
- Get a Bachelor’s degree, completing at least 90 credit hours that satisfy prereqs for Chiropractic colleges. These majors are going to revolve around biology, chemistry, physics, etc., rather than liberal arts or other coursework.
- Get a Doctorate of Chiropractic, or a D.C., from a handful of specialized colleges located throughout the United States. Most include internship/mentorship programs.
- Pass a recognized certification exam and obtain the official licensing to practice chiropractic care.
- Chiropractors will typically choose a specialty early on, from sports-related to general care. BHA became the first in Alaska to introduce the DRS system and the Alaska Back Pain Protocol, but most chiropractors have their own philosophies and approaches.
- Must complete ongoing education (lectures, workshops, classes, etc.) to maintain updated and legal licensing, or study another discipline to incorporate it into their practices.
What is Vertebral Subluxation?
Okay, so you understand that your brain and central nervous system use your spine to send nerve signals (communicate) and control your body. Well, when a vertebra gets stuck, or there is some kind of misalignment that affects this nerve communication between brain and body, that’s a subluxation. The body responds to these with an assortment of inflammation, muscle spasms, tightening, and so forth which impacts surrounding nerves. Chiropractors use “adjustments” to correct them and restore proper communication.
Do Children Need Chiropractic Care?
Sure! Pediatric chiropractic care is increasingly popular here in, “the west” as more and more children are benefitting greatly from chiropractic screenings to maintain optimal spinal or neuromuscular balance, and adjustments. What, you don’t think babies have a rough time during birth? You don’t think kids can injure their backs or develop bad habits in their youth? How about the ways chiropractic care or chiropractic massage can benefit them in school or in sports? If you’re curious, feel free to contact our nearest clinic and we’ll fill you in.
Difference: Chiropractor vs. Massage Therapist
There are big differences between a chiropractor and general massage therapist, not to mention a general massage that you’d get at a spa vs. one you receive as part of a chiropractic massage treatment. From their substantial differences in schooling, to the huge gap between the scope of the two professions, it’s hard to make a mistake. Again, chiropractic care is clinical medicine that can address a wide variety of medical conditions having to do with the spine/joints/central nervous system, while general massage therapy is limited to the musculature.