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The outcomes for Chiropractic treatment are optimal for patients with:
Patients with spinal pain commonly appreciate functional improvement and pain relief
within a few treatment sessions, while others require more extensive care.
When the correct manipulation technique is paired with the appropriately selected patient, spinal manipulation is a very safe procedure. There are relative and absolute contraindications to spinal manipulations that have been identified in the physical medicine literature. A history of spinal surgery, osteoporosis, healed fracture, disc herniation without significant or progressive neurological deficit, scoliosis, chronic arthropathies, degenerative changes, and joint instability are not absolute contraindications to treatment.
Absolute Contraindications to Spinal Manipulation Include:
A contraindication to manipulation in one region of the spine rarely precludes treatment in another region. If techniques cannot be modified to accommodate the patients condition, the manipulation is withheld.
Spinal manipulation has been shown to result in an immediate post treatment increase in range of motion, decreased adjacent soft tissue tenderness, improved joint function and decreased pain. Though the mechanism is complicated, research has identified the following benefits from spinal manipulation therapy (SMT):
The chiropractic profession is philosophically divided into two primary groups;
(1) those who adhere to many of the traditional chiropractic theories that promote lifelong care, and (2) those who work on an integrated, evidenced based care model.
Philosophically based chiropractors advocate that spinal manipulation improves health through reducing sub-clinical neurologic impairment by correcting vertebral joint dysfunction (referred to as subluxation). Theoretically, spinal adjustments are directed at restoring neural homeostasis, rather than administered to treat a clinical disorder.
Most of these chiropractors do not seek a clinical diagnosis other than subluxation, and do not exercise standard examination and treatment procedures. Evidenced based chiropractors commonly work on a physical medicine model to diagnose and treat their patients. Spinal manipulation is one component of the management strategy, which also draws from those therapies that are shared with physical therapists and physiatrists. These chiropractic physicians administer therapeutic treatment modalities such as ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, hot/cold therapies and instruct their patients in rehabilitative exercises, stretches, lifestyle changes and proper diet. Many evidenced based chiropractors work cooperatively within hospitals and integrated care centers.
The Journal of Family Practice (1992) published the following guidelines to consider when selecting a chiropractor:
Candidates for entry into most chiropractic schools are required to complete a four-year undergraduate program. Ten trimesters of chiropractic school (four years) must be completed to graduate. The first eight trimesters are primarily didactic training. Courses include human anatomy and dissection, physiology, pharmacology, diagnostic imaging,
nutrition, rehabilitation, spinal manipulation and medical patient management strategies. The ninth and tenth trimesters are completed through an internship under the direction of a licensed chiropractor. Upon graduation, most chiropractors enter private practice after successfully passing national and state board examinations. Residency programs after chiropractic training are optional and include specialties in Orthopedics, Diagnostic imaging, Clinical studies, Rehabilitation and Research. All licensed chiropractors are required to undergo a minimum of twenty four hours of continuing education on a yearly basis to keep their license in good standing with their state boards.
The choice is clear! If you are looking for a Chiropractor in St Augustine, Florida 32080 or the surrounding area, That uses Chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, and rehabalitative therapy, The Pain relief Centre is the place to find it. Our friendly, helpful, knowledgeable Chiropractors have been helping local residents for over a decade. The Pain relief Centre is your place to find quality, affordable Chiropractors and chiropractic care for the entire family. Stop by either of our convenient locations in Palatka or St Augustine Florida and say HI!