Patient Information from the American Chiropractic Association
Research shows that proper maintenance of your musculoskeletal system is important to your health. We suspect that pain in the joints caused by a reduction of normal joint motion is a common reason for many nonsurgical musculoskeletal problems.
Most chiropractors address these problems with spinal manipulation, exercise, and other types of active treatment. A reputable doctor of chiropractic will teach you how to maintain your musculoskeletal system through exercise, good posture, and good lifting techniques. He or she will also describe good health habits, such as the elements of a healthy diet. Your doctor of chiropractic will focus on helping you prevent future episodes of pain and disability, rather than suggesting that periodic, ongoing adjustment of your spine alone will solve your health problems.
A good chiropractor will evaluate your condition and inform you of your progress at each visit. What diagnostic procedures are appropriate? Your chiropractor has many well-documented diagnostic procedures to help evaluate your condition that include asking you questions about your health and giving you a physical examination.
Chiropractors may use x-rays to help determine the health of your musculoskeletal system and to see if your body has developed any serious conditions that should be managed by another provider. There are specific well-documented reasons for performing x-rays. A reputable DC will x-ray only the patients who require it. Feel free to question your chiropractor about the need for x-rays in your case, about the percentage of patients x-rayed in his or her office, or about any other diagnostic or treatment procedure that is unclear to you.
Remember that it is not a good idea to x-ray you periodically to see if changes in your vertebral misalignments have occurred.
Musculoskeletal problems can exist for many reasons and can occur in any part of the system. A good doctor of chiropractic will evaluate your overall health, keeping up with the philosophy of holism, and will formulate a diagnosis for your condition, as required by most state laws. How long should my chiropractor treat me? Any good health care provider will work hard to get you out of the office and functioning independently as quickly as possible.
Joint manipulation is a wonderful non-invasive procedure in the hands of a skilled doctor of chiropractic. It has been repeatedly shown to reduce pain and help patients function better in daily life. It has not been shown, however, to prevent problems.
A good chiropractor will help you prevent musculoskeletal system problems by teaching you how to engage in regular exercise, maintain good posture, and practice other healthy living habits. There are thousands of good chiropractors available to help you manage your neuromusculoskeletal system with sound, well-documented procedures. As with any other health care decision, remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Choose a chiropractor you are comfortable with, who addresses your health concerns, and who uses sound principles of modern health.
This article was written by the American Chiropractic Association
About Discover Health & Wellness – Westminster
Dr. Cameron Hall of Discover Health & Wellness Westminster is located just off Wadsworth Blvd and West 92nd Avenue and serves the Westminster & Arvada communities. Discover Health & Wellness offers patients a natural and holistic approach to health care and musculoskeletal complaints. Services at Discover Health & Wellness include Chiropractic care, biomechanical and gait analysis, custom orthotics, sports rehab, Spinal Corrective Care, neuromuscular reeducation programs, and full spine alignments. We look at the whole body from the ground up. You can’t just focus on symptoms. The body is one functioning unit and each muscle can affect the next. That’s why at DHW we look at the system as a whole. Your low back pain may not actually be being caused by the low back, and most times it isn’t! That is why it’s best to have these issues looked at by our professionals that focus on these types of complaints.
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Discover Health & Wellness, Westminster
7535 W 92nd Ave, #600
Westminster, CO 80021