In general, chiropractic is safe

Chiropractic

The term chiropractic comes from the Greek and means "to do with the hands". A chiropractor treats muscles and joints.

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the manual treatment of muscles and joints.

Chiropractic treatment has been used in ancient Egypt and ancient Greece for several thousand years. However, modern chiropractic was only founded in 1895 by the American Daniel David Palmer.

What happens to a chiropractor?

The patient is always thoroughly examined prior to therapy. On the one hand, this investigation is intended to clarify whether the patient's problem is at all suitable for chiropractic treatment and, on the other hand, to make a diagnosis as precise as possible for the design of the therapy.

In a conversation between the chiropractor and the patient, the patient explains his problem. The chiropractor asks additional questions in order to get as precise a picture as possible of the patient's problem. The patient can e.g. B. be asked about his employment, previous illnesses, operations or medication intake as well as his general lifestyle.

Before the examination, the patient is asked to partially undress, as the chiropractor must include the patient's entire body in his diagnosis. Often blood pressure and pulse are measured and, if necessary, the heart and lungs are monitored or other examinations are carried out. The area in which the patient has problems is examined in detail with the help of orthopedic and neurological methods (joints and muscles).

The chiropractor may also need x-rays to diagnose before treatment can begin.

What is Chiropractic Treatment?

Treatment by a chiropractor is usually painless and - contrary to many fears - completely undramatic. The chiropractor will choose the most appropriate treatment based on the patient's problems.

The term "manipulation" describes the most important treatment technique used by the chiropractor. The chiropractor carefully moves the surfaces of the joints towards one another with his hands so that the joint surfaces can spontaneously slip into the correct position again after discharge.

The manipulation treatment is almost always accompanied by an audible "crack". However, this sound is not caused by joint cartilage rubbing together or ligament tearing.

The aim of the treatment is to normalize the functionality and structure of joints and muscles and thereby eliminate or alleviate function-related pain.

The chiropractor also treats soft tissues such as muscles and tendons. This is done through various types of massage or stretching.

An important part of chiropractic treatment is that the patient learns to take care of his or her body independently and to deal with complaints in good time in the form of home exercises. Special physiotherapy may also be necessary for certain illnesses.

That is why this form of training, which expands manual treatment, is now an integral part of the treatment offer of a chiropractic-oriented practice.

Once the symptoms have been resolved, it is particularly important that the patient uses special exercises to prevent the symptoms from recurring. A conversation between chiropractors and patients about the stresses that the body is exposed to in everyday life is therefore of the greatest importance.

The chiropractor also recommends that some patients change their lifestyle. It can make sense to practice a special sport in your free time or to attend special training from health insurers on making work easier at work.

What complaints does the chiropractor handle?

Most patients have a chiropractor Pain in the back and neck area. A restricted or painful function of the muscles and joints can, however, indirectly affect the patient through pain and stiffness in the back and neck area.

For example, irritations of the nervous system alone can result in headaches, sciatica, chest or stomach pain. Symptoms in joints and muscles often lead to problems and pain in other parts of the body.

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Authors:
Dr. Thomas M. Klemme

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