14 Facts about Chiropractors and Chiropractic

When it comes to musculoskeletal problems, chiropractors and chiropractic usually steps into the scene. But, did you know this profession's scope can extent beyond body pain. Here are 14 facts you should know.

14 Facts about Chiropractors and Chiropractic
14 Facts about Chiropractors and Chiropractic

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1. Chiropractors are not medical doctors. Chiropractic practice does not involve the use of medicine nor an invasive surgery to heal. Instead, this holistic practice prefers technique such as diet, exercise, massage, and hands-on manipulation of joints.

2. Chiropractors are professional practitioners of chiropractic.

3. Chiropractic is a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This practice does not rely on the use of medicine to heal.

4. In order to get a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree, an undergraduate must pursue a bachelor's degree in chiropractic education.

5. The scope of practice of a chiropractor varies by country/state. There are countries/states that allow a chiropractor to prescribe laboratory test, diagnostic procedure, and food supplement.

6. Chiropractors use hands-on manipulation to realign the body's musculoskeletal system which is key to relieve discomfort and pain.

7. Chiropractors takes physical assessment and medical history of their patients. Depending on their scope of practice, their are countries that allow chiropractors to prescribe laboratory and diagnostic imaging test.

8. It isn't uncommon for a person to benefit from a combination of chiropractic and medical treatment.

9. Millions of people go to chiropractors each year to help heal body pain such as back pain, neck pain, leg pain, arm pain, headache, and muscle strain.

10. Depending on the scope of practice of chiropractors allowed  by a certain country/state, their skills of proper body alignment can be utilized not only to treat musculoskeletal problem but also extend to areas such as assisting a mother deliver a baby.

11. There are countries/state that allow chiropractors to do acupuncture.

12. Consulting with a chiropractor can ease the low back pain of a pregnant mother.

13. Spinal manipulation may not be advisable for people taking blood thinners or suffer from osteoporosis, or spinal cancer.

14. There are cases in which cervical spine manipulation directly caused stroke.

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