What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic offers a drug free hands-on approach to health care.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) describes Chiropractic as a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects these disorders have on general health.  In addition to treating several other maladies, chiropractic care is most commonly used to treat back pain, neck pain, joint pain, arm pain, leg pain, and headaches.

One thing that all chiropractors try to identify and address in their patients is “subluxations”, which is the condition of adjacent spinal bones (vertebrae) being out of alignment with respect to one another.  Due to the fact that nerves exit the spaces created between to vertebrae, a subluxation can pinch the nerves causing pain.  In addition, subluxations alter the normal functioning a person’s cells, tissues, and organs and prevents them from achieving optimum health.  The proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will allow the body to heal itself without surgery or medication.

The ACA states that in order to address these subluxations doctors of chiropractic use “spinal manipulation”, also known as “chiropractic adjustment”, which is the most common procedure performed by chiropractors. The purpose of the chiropractic adjustment is to restore range and quality of motion by applying a controlled force into joints that are restricted in movement – having a smaller range of movement than normal.  It should also be noted that spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is considered safe and rarely causes discomfort to the patient.

WebMD notes that In addition to chiropractic adjustments, it is also common for many chiropractors to include nutritional counseling and exercise into the treatment plans of their patients.  The goals of chiropractic include restoration of function and injury prevention in addition to pain relief.

Chiropractic Techniques

It is important to note that there several chiropractic techniques available for chiropractors to use when adjusting their patients.  These techniques give chiropractors different ways to not only adjust the spine, but treat other joints and tissues as well.

Some techniques focus on certain parts of the body, while other techniques allow the doctor to better address certain health issues. It is quite common for doctors to utilize several techniques in his or her practice.  However, if the doctor uses one technique as their main adjusting technique they will usually receive additional training in that particular technique. This website gives a brief introduction to the following techniques:

In addition, we have also identified doctor’s in Minneapolis who specialize in these different techniques.

You might find that depending on your specific health issues you might find that you respond better to, or prefer, one technique over another.

What Can Chiropractic Care Help Treat?

Chiropractic care can help treat the following:

  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • joint pain (including shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles)
  • arm pain
  • leg pain
  • headaches
  • osteoarthritis
  • fibromyalgia

Depending on the type of technique used, Doctors of Chiropractic might also be able to treat other health issues as well.

Chiropractic Education

The American Chiropractic Association states that:

“Doctors of chiropractic must complete four to five years at an accredited chiropractic college. The complete curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. Approximately 555 hours are devoted to learning about adjustive techniques and spinal analysis in colleges of chiropractic.”

“Those intending to become doctors of chiropractic must also pass the national board exam and all exams required by the state in which the individual wishes to practice. The individual must also meet all individual state licensing requirements in order to become a doctor of chiropractic.”