Chiropractic therapy may be used to treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headache, and hand or foot problems, and to improve overall health. It is a type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
What kind of treatment does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments. The theory is that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication.
Why would you need to see a chiropractor?
Many patients seek chiropractic care for symptoms such as chronic pain, fatigue, lack of energy, digestive problems, muscle aches, numbness, and tingling. All of these issues can be addressed with chiropractic care.
Do doctors recommend chiropractors?
Some doctors also suggest trying chiropractic care. The good news is that no matter what treatment is recommended, most people with a recent onset of back pain are better within a few weeks — often within a few days.
How expensive is a chiropractor?
In general, chiropractic services can cost anywhere from about $30 to several hundred dollars per appointment. The average fee to see a chiropractor is approximately $65 per visit.
Why do doctors not like chiropractors?
Historically, the medical associations have demonstrated resentment to any other community treating the ill. So first and foremost, it started out as a turf war. Secondarily, Medical Doctors don’t really understand what Chiropractors do, as they were not trained in spinal manipulation techniques.
Do I need a massage or chiropractor?
Chiropractic care can specifically address disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Some common issues chiropractors can help with include joint pain, headaches, ear infections, tendinitis, and tension. Massage therapy is known to help with tension, pain, and has been shown to help with insomnia.
Do chiropractors actually help?
Results of a 2010 review cited by the center suggest that spinal manipulation may be useful for treating back pain, migraine headaches, whiplash, and other conditions affecting the upper and lower extremities. Like other forms of treatment, chiropractic care will not benefit all injuries.
Is it better to see a chiropractor or orthopedic?
When the issues the spine faces are reduced, chiropractors assert that many musculoskeletal disorders, as well as sources of pain, can be managed effectively. Orthopedists also seek to provide a better quality of life relative to pain and discomfort, but they do so using more traditional medicine techniques.
Should I go to the chiropractor if I’m not in pain?
Treatment Ready: Pain or No Pain
The many benefits of spinal adjustment mean that it’s always worth visiting a chiropractor whether you have pain or not.
Why do I hurt worse after the chiropractor?
Muscles that may have weakened or been used to supporting poor posture are now being asked to support the body in a new and more healthy way. Because of this, aching and soreness in spinal joints and muscles are common reactions to chiropractic adjustments.
Do I need a referral to go to a chiropractor?
A: A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are referral requirements.
Does insurance pay for chiropractor?
Chiropractic care is covered under most health insurance plans. Some plans may have visit limits, dollar limits or referral requirements.
How often should you go to the chiropractor?
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It’s not possible to know in advance how many treatments you’ll need. A reasonable expectation is a three- to six-week treatment plan, followed by a re-evaluation and new treatment plan based on your individual condition.