How It Works
It's believed that realigning the spine reduces pressure on the central nervous system. Chiropractors use their hands or an instrument to adjust specific parts of the body with a sudden controlled force.
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Chronic Pain Symptom Relief
Scientists have been studying the effectiveness of chiropractic care for various types of pain for many years.
Systematic reviews have shown that chiropractic therapy significantly reduces chronic low back pain and disability compared with other active therapies for at least six months;
is effective for acute and chronic low back pain when used in conjunction with other interventions like self-management advice and exercise;
and has similar effects on short-term pain relief as other recommended therapies, but a slightly better improvement on function.
and it may reduce migraine pain and days.
and a literature review found weak evidence that spinal manipulation provides short-term relief from acute or chronic neck pain.
Research also shows that patients, at least, appear to be satisfied with their care.
General Health and Wellness Benefits
Chiropractic therapy focuses on treating disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It's most often used to treat various types of pain.
Other Conditions That Chiropractic Care May Benefit
and that most people who had chiropractic care for MS would recommend the treatment to other MS patients.
and hip pain.
How to Find Chiropractic Therapy
In order to become a DC, you have to complete on average three years of undergraduate instruction to be admitted to a program and then four years of training to graduate as a DC.
Institutions that award the DC are accredited by the federally recognized Council on Chiropractic Education.
What to Expect
During your first visit to a DC, you will likely discuss your present condition and health history, and then undergo a physical examination. Your chiropractor might order imaging or lab tests to determine what may be causing your issue(s). They may refer you to a different medical professional if necessary for your condition.
Fees: Is Chiropractic Therapy Expensive? Will Insurance Cover It?
- Major medical plans
- Workers' compensation
- Medicare (Part B covers visits that are medically necessary)
- Some Medicaid plans
- Blue Cross Blue Shield plans
Chiropractic therapy is also offered at many Veteran Association facilities.
Prices varies widely depending on your:
- Health insurance plan
- Treatment plan
Chiropractic care is generally safe and has small risks.
It's also not recommended for people with certain cancers, certain spinal conditions (congenital and developed), severe osteoporosis, chronic coagulation defect, aortic aneurysm and dissection, long-term use of anticoagulant therapy, or an increased risk of stroke.
The majority of chiropractors will ask about and screen you for any contraindications you may have before you start treatment.
Most larger population studies have not supported an increased risk for the general population, but that doesn't take into consideration your individual risks, so it’s best to discuss with your primary care doctor and chiropractor if you have any concerns before you start treatment on your neck region.