As a chiropractic physician I am often asked by potential patients to explain what the treatment will be like.
That is a difficult question to answer without using phrases such as “it depends.”
Chiropractic care has a very wide-ranging set of procedures that are used by various chiropractors to provide solutions to individual patients.
For example, I personally have been trained in treatment methods that rely on specific instruments as well as a wide range of hands-on treatments.
Every patient will receive an individual treatment plan, depending upon a number of factors. For example, when I provide treatment for a collegiate or professional athlete, their care will vary from that provided for a middle school soccer player or grandmother with bone density issues.
The forms of treatment available vary widely from one chiropractic clinic to another.
Some chiropractors take a very narrow view of treatment options and every patient may receive nearly identical treatment while others may be more like my office and offer a wide range of options within the same clinic. This allows the treatment to be tailored to each individual and their particular circumstances.
Many people erroneously think of chiropractic care being as simple as “getting their back popped.”
They associate chiropractic care with manual manipulation of the spine only. However, modern chiropractic care encompasses a much wider range of treatment options for many conditions, mostly musculo-skeletal.
In our office, non-spinal issues such as problems with shoulders, knees, hips, wrists, hands and feet account for probably a third of our patients.
We use manual treatment, therapeutic modalities and instruments, or sometimes acupuncture to help resolve problems. It is not unusual for acupuncture to help resolve a problem that has been present for more than a decade.
It has always been my intention to offer as broad a range of solutions as possible to help people get well. That is why I have continued to invest in more advanced equipment and technologies as they become available and are proven to have benefit.
Last year we added an advanced form of spinal decompression therapy to help those patients with severe disc injuries. It has been helpful in a number of cases to help patients avoid spinal surgery.
Our most recent change has been to add a new doctor to our staff.
I am pleased to welcome the addition of Dr. Christine Allen to our office.
Dr. Allen has an excellent background and was trained at one of the best chiropractic colleges in the world. She has worked with several clinics in Tennessee to gain valuable experience.
One of the biggest advantages in adding Dr. Allen is the fact that she brings experience and training in several new techniques to our clinic. Now we can offer an even wider array of options to patients because of her training and experience.
Dr. Allen has been trained in some forms of chiropractic that are very gentle.
It is surprising to watch some of the treatments being administered in such a relatively delicate manner and yet lead to immediately noticeable improvements.
There once was a time that medical physicians cast doubt on the value of chiropractic care. That has changed dramatically in recent years.
When I first opened my practice 25 years ago, the medical community was not especially supportive of chiropractic.
I am very glad to say much has changed during those 2 ½ decades.
Now we have at least two dozen medical physicians that have referred patients and even family members to our office.
Many have become patients themselves after they took a fresh look at what we have to offer. We receive referrals from medical professionals every week. I also make referrals to other doctors several times each week.
During my career, using chiropractic care, along with other treatments such as acupuncture, physical therapeutics, nutritional counseling, and restoration rehab training has allowed us to provide relief to thousands of patients that had failed to see improvement using more traditional medical treatments.
The chiropractic care we are able to offer today is much more advanced than when the practice began.
With the addition of Dr. Allen, the options available to patients will be even greater.