Chiropractic physicians are primary-care, first-contact physicians who use a conservative, holistic, and integrative approach to patient care.
Chiropractic physicians are concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health.
Chiropractic Physicians receive particular training in the musculoskeletal system, your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles, and bones that make up two-thirds of its body mass. This training provides Chiropractic Physicians with a better understanding of the ways that an injury or illness in one part of the body can affect another. It gives Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C) a therapeutic and diagnostic advantage.
Chiropractic physicians, besides recognized procedures and modern technologies, use their hands as another tool to accurately diagnose areas of dysfunction and treat them effectively.
Chiropractic physicians emphasize that all body systems, including the musculoskeletal system operate in unison, and disturbances in one system can alter functions of other systems. By recognizing the close relationship between body structure and organic functioning, the chiropractic physician has a broad base for treating the whole patient.
There is an emphasis on hands-on manual treatments, which might include spinal and other joints and soft tissue manipulation. Chiropractic physicians employ manual techniques such as manipulative therapy, joint and muscle mobilization soft tissue techniques. They use other conservative means for promoting wellness, including exercise, nutritional counseling as well as lifestyle counseling. Advice regarding what patients should do and not do, treatment expectations, and referral to other health care professionals when required, is part of proper management. It is common for chiropractors to co-manage patients with other professionals such as medical doctors, physical therapists and surgeons.