1. What is the difference
between a Chiropractic Doctor and a Medical Doctor?
I t takes eight years of education
and training to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. The Doctor
of Chiropractic first completes pre-chiropractic studies at
a college or university. The Doctor of Chiropractic studies
all the basic sciences and must pass the State Board of Examiners'
basic sciences examination. This is the same basic sciences
examination other doctors, including MDs, are required to pass.
He or she attends a college of chiropractic for four years,
which must include an externship at an outpatient clinic where
he or she gets real world experience in a clinical and academic
setting. After graduating from Chiropractic College, like an
M.D., he or she must pass the State Board Exam in the state
he or she wishes to practice in.
2. Do Chiropractors
prescribe drugs or surgical procedures?
No drugs, medications, or surgeries
are performed by the Doctor of Chiropractic. Doctors of Chiropractic
focus on restoring proper function as a way of pain relief
and optimal health. In many cases, drugs are used to cover
up your pain but do nothing to "fix" the cause of
3. I've been to many
doctors for my condition and no matter what they do, I don't
get better. Why would going to a Chiropractor get me better?
A misalignment of one or more
of the 24 movable bones or "vertebrae" of your spine
can irritate or cause pressure or pinching on spinal nerves
and result in a serious health-robbing, damaging interference
(irritation or blockage) to normal nerve control of your body.
Since the brain controls all parts of your body through the
nervous system, this nerve interference can cause pain and
many health problems. It can also lower your body's resistance
so that you become even more susceptible to contagious and
infectious illness and disease. Therefore, if your problem
is caused by a misalignment of one or more of the bones of
your spine, only chiropractic care will get you better.
4. How long does the
initial examination take?
The initial exam will take
45-60 minutes, maybe a little more if x-rays or any other diagnostic
procedures are necessary.
5. Will I have to disrobe?
Rarely does the doctor need
a patient to expose his or her back. If you are a male, this
means that you may have to take your shirt off. If you are
a female this means that you may need to wear a gown over your
bra that will cover up the front, and only expose the back
of your neck, down to your lower back.
6. Is any process of
the exam painful?
In virtually all cases, the
exam is not painful at all. Chiropractors are specially trained
to identify and diagnose misaligned vertebrae and related disorders
without any grabbing, twisting or other invasive tests. We
are gentle, and have complete empathy with your pain and suffering.
Since we KNOW how much you hurt, we are very careful and cautious
when doing exams.
7. Does Chiropractic
Compared to going to the dentist,
or getting a deep tissue massage, Chiropractic care is virtually
painless! We explain everything before we do it. At your first
visit feel free to talk to any of our patients; you'll be happy
with what you hear!
8. What's the biggest
mistake people make when considering going to a Chiropractor?
That's easy. The biggest mistake
is following the path of futile efforts of pain relief you've
been following that you know don't work... and continue with
them hoping some miracle will occur magically changing a proven
failure, into a successful result! In fact, one definition
of insanity is: Doing what you've always done that doesn't
work... and expecting different results! So, the biggest mistake
is to stay with treatment that does not solve the underlying
cause of your pain without drugs or surgery, and that still
causes you to suffer. Why not try a different, proven and scientifically
substantiated method of health care that works WITH your body
and its natural health restoration system? Why not give the
fastest growing health care profession a shot? What have you
got to lose except a few minutes of your time... and the pain
you've been living with as your constant companion?
9. Do I have to go
to a Chiropractor forever once I begin care?
Like regular dental check-ups,
once patients experience the value of chiropractic, many will
choose to continue on a maintenance shedule to prevent future
problems. However long you decide to benefit from chiropractic
is always up to you.
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