What is Chiropractic?

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Whether you have been seeing a Chiropractor for your entire life or have never been treated by one this brief Powerpoint presentation provides a good overview of the history, methods of diagnosis, treatment, research, and other topics related to Chiropractic.

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What is Chiropractic?

  1. 1. Discover Chiropractic The Road to Good Health
  2. 2. What is Chiropractic Care? <ul><li>Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Facts About Chiropractic <ul><li>Chiropractic was established in 1895. </li></ul><ul><li>All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands officially recognize chiropractic as an independent health care profession. </li></ul><ul><li>Chiropractic care is available to members of the armed forces at more than 40 military bases in the U.S., and at nearly 30 veteran’s administration medical facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Chiropractic care is provided in such federal programs as Medicare and the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program. </li></ul><ul><li>Doctors of Chiropractic provide care in hospitals and other multidisciplinary facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Chiropractic is a covered benefit in many traditional insurance policies. According to some reports, as many as 87 percent of all insured Americans have coverage for chiropractic. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Doctors of Chiropractic <ul><li>Often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians </li></ul><ul><li>Practice a drug-free , hands-on approach to health care </li></ul><ul><li>Undergo rigorous education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At least 4 years of professional training following undergrad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State and national exams </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What Conditions Do Doctors of Chiropractic Treat? <ul><li>Doctors of Chiropractic most often treat conditions such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Back pain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neck pain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pain in the joints of the arms or legs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Headaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whiplash </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports and work-related injuries </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Chiropractic: What Research Shows <ul><li>“ Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction than patients seen by other health care providers.” - Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2005 </li></ul>Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic treatment is effective and patient-centered.
  7. 7. Chiropractic: What Research Shows <ul><li>“ Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Duke Evidence Report, 2001 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Chiropractic Treatment Technique <ul><li>The most common therapeutic procedure performed by Doctors of Chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” or the “chiropractic adjustment.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Additional Treatment Techniques <ul><li>In addition to spinal manipulation, other treatments include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>therapeutic ultrasound </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>electrical muscle stimulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ice and heat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>traction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>soft-tissue massage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rehabilitative exercises </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What to Expect During Your First Visit <ul><li>Expect a thorough examination that typically includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>• Patient history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Physical examination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Diagnostic studies (when indicated) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Diagnosis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Chiropractic treatment plan </li></ul></ul>If your chiropractor determines that your condition would be more appropriately treated by another health care professional, he or she will make the proper referral.
  11. 11. With Chiropractic, When Will I Feel Better? <ul><li>Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment </li></ul><ul><li>For others, it may take two to three weeks before they achieve substantial progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Many factors can affect the healing process. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Concept of Wellness <ul><li>Doctors of Chiropractic believe prevention is the key to health and wellness. </li></ul><ul><li>Tips to stay well </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise regularly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eat well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain a healthy weight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid smoking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get regular health checkups </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. For Good Health – You’ve Come to the Right Place <ul><li>Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Senior Citizens and Chiropractic <ul><li>For older patients, many of their ailments are related to the spine and extremities </li></ul><ul><li>Conditions associated with aging may benefit from corrective adjustments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arthritis, circulatory disorders, joint stiffness and pain </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Medicare includes coverage for chiropractic services </li></ul>
  15. 15. Are There Any Side Effects to Chiropractic? <ul><li>A very conservative, drug-free, surgery-free approach to reducing pain and improving mobility. </li></ul><ul><li>While any form of health treatment contains a degree of inherent risk, there are few side effects to chiropractic. </li></ul><ul><li>The most common side effect following treatment is mild soreness (similar to exercise) that may last for 12 to 48 hours. </li></ul>
  16. 16. How Many Americans Seek Chiropractic Care? <ul><li>More than 22 million people visited Doctors of Chiropractic last year for a variety of conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>More and more medical doctors are referring their patients to Doctors of Chiropractic. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Why are a Record Number of Americans Seeking Chiropractic Care? <ul><li>Chiropractic Works! </li></ul>

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