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Misconception about chiropractors: They only treat the back!!!

Education | | Dr. Dann

This is a common misconception indeed! While chiropractors are often associated with treating back pain, their scope of practice extends far beyond just the back. Chiropractic care focuses on the musculoskeletal system and its impact on general health.

Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, not limited to back pain but also including neck pain, headaches, joint pain, and even issues with the extremities like shoulders, knees, and ankles. They use techniques such as spinal adjustments, manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and exercises to help alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance overall well-being.

Here’s a question we hear often: “If my back is the only thing that hurts, why not just keep getting back adjustments?”

Chiropractors who adopt a holistic approach to healthcare focus on treating the entire musculoskeletal system rather than solely addressing back pain. They understand that the body functions as an interconnected system, and imbalances or dysfunctions in one area can impact the entire body. By considering the body as a whole, these chiropractors aim to not only alleviate symptoms but also address the root cause of the problem, promoting long-term health and wellness.

This comprehensive approach involves assessing the alignment and function of the spine, joints, muscles, and nerves throughout the body. Chiropractors who treat the entire system utilize a variety of techniques, including spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, rehabilitative exercises, and lifestyle counseling. They tailor treatment plans to each individual, considering their unique needs, goals, and health history. By addressing underlying issues and optimizing the body's function, these chiropractors help patients achieve better overall health, mobility, and quality of life.

But what if I just keep getting my back treated when it hurts? What happens if I just keep getting adjustment after adjustment?

Focusing solely on treating the back may overlook underlying issues elsewhere in the body, potentially leading to unresolved problems and limiting the effectiveness of chiropractic care!

Why is it important to find a practitioner who will do more than just adjust your back? What is the benefit of a more comprehensive approach? There are three areas that can be greatly impacted through a bigger scope approach! Pain, recovery, and care!

Holistic Approach to Pain Management: Chiropractors who incorporate manual therapy and exercise into their practice offer a holistic approach to pain management. Manual therapy techniques, such as spinal adjustments, help to realign the musculoskeletal system, alleviate pain, and improve mobility. Additionally, they prescribe tailored exercise programs to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and enhance overall physical function. This combination addresses the root cause of pain and empowers patients to actively participate in their recovery, leading to long-term relief and prevention of future injuries.

Enhanced Rehabilitation and Functional Recovery: Manual therapy and exercise complement each other in rehabilitation programs. Manual therapy helps to restore proper joint mechanics and alleviate restrictions, while therapeutic exercises target muscle imbalances, weakness, and dysfunction. By combining these approaches, chiropractors can optimize the rehabilitation process, facilitating faster recovery and improved functional outcomes. Patients benefit from increased range of motion, reduced stiffness, enhanced muscle strength, and better proprioception, leading to improved overall function and quality of life.

Customized Treatment Plans: Chiropractors who integrate manual therapy and exercise tailor their treatment plans to the individual needs of each patient. Through thorough assessments and evaluations, they identify biomechanics issues, postural imbalances, and functional limitations. Based on this information, they design personalized treatment programs that may include a combination of manual techniques, therapeutic exercises, and patient education. This customized approach ensures that patients receive targeted interventions that address their specific conditions and goals, optimizing the effectiveness of treatment and promoting long-term wellness.

This is exactly why I.MOVE. spends 60 minutes with each patient and implements not only adjustments, but manual therapy, and TONS of education-based rehab. We believe in a comprehensive approach to ensure we are finding and treating the root cause of the problem so that we can get rid of it for good!


Dr. Dann is a chiropractor serving Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Clackamas, and Oregon City.
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