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What is Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation?

Dr. CiancioloIf you are experiencing any of a number of common physical ailments, then it is likely your doctor will at some point refer you to a chiropractor for therapeutic treatment.  After your initial evaluation at a chiropractic office, the chiropractor will develop a personalized treatment plan for your condition, which will include regular in-office sessions.  These sessions may include things like deep tissue massage, acupuncture, traction, and/or cold laser . . . but they will always include spinal manipulation, because spinal manipulation is the hallmark of chiropractic care.  So, exactly what is spinal manipulation, and is it as scary as it sounds?  If you are facing the prospect of seeing a chiropractor, then these spinal manipulation basics can help set your mind at ease:

Origins of spinal manipulation.  The process of manipulating the spine for proper alignment can be traced back to the beginning of recorded history.  Ancient Egyptian and Chinese texts outline techniques they used to keep the spine in proper form, and even the ancient Greek philosopher and physician Hippocrates touted the positive effects and importance of spinal manipulation in his texts, saying that the spine is associated with many common health ailments.  Spinal manipulation was introduced to the American mainstream in 1895 by Doctor Daniel David Palmer.  Since that time, its popularity has spread to global proportion.

Spinal manipulation techniques.  High velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust is the most common type of spinal manipulation technique.  HVLA thrust involves placing pressure on a specific area of the body with the intent of providing a therapeutic effect, and it can be done in a variety of ways.  Other spinal manipulation techniques (which may or may not involve HVLA thrust) include the toggle drop, the lumbar roll, release work, and table adjustments.  The truth is, ten different patients may be able to describe ten completely different types of care they received at the chiropractic office.  Additionally, chiropractors may opt to use instruments to achieve spinal adjustments, and may even put the patient under general anesthesia for more complicated sessions.

How spinal manipulation works.  The purpose of spinal manipulation is to properly align the vertebrae in a way that frees up space between the spine’s discs.  When there is ample space between the discs, irritation and swelling may go down and, in turn, the nerves encased in the spine receive less pressure (which they register as pain) and are better able to communicate effectively with the body’s nervous system.

As you can see, spinal manipulation is nothing to be afraid of.  It may be unfamiliar to you, but it is an ages-old technique that is time-proven to provide effective results.

3 Ways a Chiropractor is Different than a Medical Doctor

San Francisco Chiropractic QuestionsIf you have a lot of experience as a patient, having been treated by an array of doctors and specialists, then you are probably well aware of the various letter combinations that sit behind any given doctor’s name.  The most widely recognized designation of this type is “MD,” which stands for “Doctor of Medicine.”  However, if you have back problems or any of a number of other common health conditions, your regular MD may decide to refer you to a “CD,” or “Doctor of Chiropractic.”  So, what do those two letters mean, actually?  And why can’t your MD do what a chiropractor does?  For your information, here are three ways a chiropractor is different than a medical doctor:

Education.  Chiropractors and medical doctors must possess different knowledge and skill sets.  Therefore, although they both begin in college receiving a general medical education (anatomy, physiology, etc.), their educations take very separate paths after the first two years.  Chiropractors must complete two years of undergraduate studies, then spend four years in chiropractic school.  After they graduate from chiropractic school, they must serve an outpatient facility internship for two years.  Medical doctors, on the other hand, must complete four years of undergraduate studies before heading to medical school, which lasts another four years.  Medical school is followed by an internship at a hospital, which lasts one year at the very least, and finally a residency in their specialty for between two to three years.

Licensing.  Chiropractors are required to obtain a license with their State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.  Medical doctors must pass an examination given by the United States Medical Licensing Board before even entering into a residency.  Before practicing, medical doctors must pass the State Board of Medical Licensing examination, and then a licensing examination by the American Board of Medical Specialties before going into a chosen specialty.

Treatment options and methods.  Medical doctors are able to prescribe medications, whereas chiropractors are only able to recommend dietary supplements and vitamins.  Additionally, medical doctors may perform surgeries (if they have served surgical residencies), while chiropractors use a non-invasive approach to treatment that involves manual manipulation of the spinal column.

Perhaps the most important thing to note is that chiropractic care is not a replacement for medical care, even though it is often referred to as “alternative medicine.”  Chiropractic care is really just a great way to supplement your normal health routine, as well as to support any medical care you are receiving.  When in doubt, see a doctor; when you have an option, see a chiropractor.