• Dr. Scott Briggs

Read This Before You Visit a Chiropractor

by Dr. Scott Briggs

Why do 22 million Americans visit chiropractors each year? For many patients, it’s a safe and effective treatment for conditions like back pain and tension headaches. It may even help you to avoid needing surgery or medication.

Chiropractic is based on the belief that your body can heal itself if your muscles and bones are properly aligned. Practitioners must complete a four-year doctoral program and are considered physician-level providers in many government programs.

What to Expect From a Chiropractor:

About half of American adults have had at least one chiropractic session.

Whether it’s your first time or you’re a regular, consider these steps for making the experience successful:

  1. Be selective. Your doctor or websites such as the American Chiropractic Association can help you find a licensed chiropractor. You can also ask about their specialty if you need someone with experience in football injuries or geriatrics.

  2. Coordinate care. Give your chiropractor and any member of your health team as much information as possible about your medical history, prescriptions, and other issues. That will help you to receive the best care possible.

  3. Focus on manipulation. The main part of your treatment will probably be manual adjustments of your spine and joints. Chiropractors use their hands to perform a variety of manipulations that are usually quick and forceful.

  4. Know your risks. While chiropractic is generally considered safe, it’s important to be cautious if you have certain conditions. For example, a gentler touch is required if you have low bone density due to osteoporosis.

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