Qualities a Chiropractor Must Have

When you think about a chiropractor you think that they only crack or “pop” your back. However, a chiropractor has many other talents and qualities. These qualities do not necessarily start and stop with the actual trained techniques used in treatment.

One of the main and most important skills that a chiropractor must have isn’t related to the actual work learned in schooling. They should have excellent business skills to aid them in starting a successful practice. This will then lead them to successful growth in their practice as well. Accounting and marketing skills are also an important trait in this effort. Possessing strong communication skills to be able to communicate well with patients is also important. The chiropractor will then have satisfied patients that have a good understanding of their treatment plan and their specific needs. This also puts patients at ease during their treatment(s).

Showing empathy and focusing on their specific patient are also qualities that a chiropractor must possess. This creates trust with the doctor and the patient making it easier to get the specific ailments discussed and a treatment plan in place that will help the patients for long term wellness. Having a wealth of knowledge and a passion for their work also helps aid their patients while providing excellent information for a treatment plan that will include the most up to date treatments, exercises and nutrition. This also helps create a sense of purpose with the chiropractor when helping patients, while this may include showing humility if it’s felt that a different kind of medical treatment would be better suited. A great chiropractor is not afraid to admit their services may not be the best way to go and aren’t too proud to seek help if required.

The most super important qualities of having great manual coordinator, in another words they are good with their hands. This is essential when practicing one of many treatment techniques. The most specialized technique is manual and manipulation with emphasis in spinal manipulation.

These techniques can be dated back to over 3000 years ago in Chinese writings. A modern change in techniques happened in the 19th century, especially in here in the Unites States, gaining most recognition in the 1980’s. It’s here in North America that chiropractors treat 90% of all manipulative treatments.

The spinal manipulation or adjustment is described as the hands massage, mobilize, stimulate, apply traction or influence otherwise the spine and other related tissue. Spinal manipulation has a considerable amount of debating due to the safety concerns, especially when treatment is inclusive of the cervical spine.  

There are also options for patients that don’t respond to normal chiropractor care and may be required to have a specialized manipulated procedure that is done in a hospital under general anesthesia called MUA or Manipulated under Anesthesia.

There are many things to discuss and work with your doctor about for a treatment plan, but be sure that your doctor has the must have qualities. This will ensure your treatment plan is right for you, at the same time ensuring that the most trusted doctor has been found to entrust your body to.

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How Chiropractic Care and Nutrition Work Together

Often, the best health care practices are those that combine different techniques and methodologies to create an effective system of treatment. For example, to make your heart stronger, it is recommended that you combine exercise, good nutrition, and stress management. To clear up skin problems, a doctor will often recommend a combination of dietary changes, topical ointments, and perhaps even vitamin supplements. Similarly, modern chiropractic practices usually work with a person’s lifestyle and do not limit their scope to the scheduled chiropractic appointments. As we learn more about the human body, it becomes clear that chiropractic care and nutritional counseling go hand in hand.

What Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is an area of health care that focuses on musculoskeletal issues. Practitioners believe that by properly aligning the spine and other regions of the body, specific maladies can be treated and overall health can improve. Chiropractors are probably best known for their hands-on approach to health care. Using a variety of techniques, they manually align your spine and other areas of the body.            

Chiropractors treat a wide variety of symptoms and pains. Most commonly, they help patients with back and neck pain, recurring headaches, and muscle spasms. They can also treat sports-related injuries. These tend to occur along the joints of the body and a chiropractor will work on wrists, knees, elbows, and shoulders. Beyond this, chiropractic care can also extend to areas related to sleep disorders, asthma, digestive problems, and even menstrual conditions. Proponents of this model of care believe that there are many potential advantages to having a trained professional improve your alignment.

What Is Nutritional Counseling?

Nutritional counseling refers to the area of health care that focuses on changing what we take into our body in order to improve health and wellness. A nutritionist prescribes dietary changes, vitamins, and other supplements with the expectation that changing what is consumed will alleviate everything from gastrointestinal problems to respiratory conditions to lack of energy.

How Do Chiropractic Care and Nutritional Counseling Work Together?

The chiropractic and nutritional models of health care are a great fit for several reasons. To begin with, both believe in treating the whole body. Wellness is not about one treatment, or one magic pill. It’s about addressing issues related to what we take into our body, what we do with our body, and how our body reacts to movement and activity. With this in mind, it makes sense that a combination of a healthy eating plan, created especially for your body and your needs by a trained nutritionist, and hands-on techniques geared toward aligning your spine and easing musculoskeletal problems, performed by a trained chiropractor, would work well together. They are complementary practices aimed at treating the whole body from the inside out.            

More and more, health care practitioners are working to provide their patients with a wide spectrum of treatment options. In this vein, a chiropractor who goes on to get training in nutritional counseling, or who hires a nutritionist to work alongside them in a joint practice, provides patients with options and techniques that have the potential to drastically improve health and wellness.

What does a Chiropractor Do?

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Chiropractic services are considered an alternative therapy. Chiropractors examine the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine then make a proper diagnosis. Then they come up with a treatment plan to match your needs, and then teach preventative care to prevent further injuries. Ken Andersen chiropractic approach -> chiropractic adjustment, restoration of structural integrity, and finally improvement of health. Chiropractors work closely with other therapist performing manual therapy, including; massage therapy, osteopathy, physical therapy, and sports medicine. Common patient treatments include spinal manipulation, and other soft tissues and joint manipulations. They may request you perform rehabilitative exercises to compliment your treatment. They are likely to use electrical stimulation to loosen the soft tissues. They use massage therapy many times to help loosen the patient up before the manual manipulations can occur.