What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic medicine is a form of natural health care used worldwide to treat spinal conditions without the use of drugs or surgery. Our Blaine, MN chiropractors align the spine, which reduces nerve flow interference and allows the body to heal.
The nervous system controls and coordinates every function in our bodies. Messages from the brain are sent down the spinal cord, out the nerves, and to the body telling your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your arms and legs to move. When there is nerve interference or a disruption in this pathway, problems arise. Many ailments can cause nerve interference, such as trauma related nerve damage, a tumor putting pressure on a nerve, or a bone putting pressure on a nerve. Pressure on a nerve blocks or impairs nerve signals and function. Vertebrae are the bones that make up the spine and protect the spinal cord. When a vertebrae shifts out of alignment it can put pressure on a nerve and interfere with the signals coming from the brain, and it can also cause significant pain and discomfort. Nerve flow interference can also decrease organ function, because after all, the nerves control all organs such as those involved in the vascular system, reproductive system, and digestive system. Getting you out of pain is our number one goal, but pay attention to the rest of your body as you are being treated. You may notice that your irritable bowel has lessened or gone completely away: no more constipation, no more diarrhea. You may notice that your allergies have decreased, and you can breathe easier. You may also start sleeping better and notice that you have more energy than you ever did before.
Doctors of Chiropractic are Primary Care Physicians
Doctors of chiropractic are primary care physicians and are licensed in all 50 states. Primary care physicians do not need a referral from any other health care provider. Chiropractors are able to diagnose and treat many of the same conditions as medical doctors, and do so without the use of prescription medication and surgery. Chiropractors are recognized by governmental health care agencies such as Medicare and Medicaid. They are qualified for reimbursement and are able to provide care for those involved in workers compensation and personal injury cases. Every year chiropractors are treating more and more patients; chiropractic is one of the fastest growing health care professions up to date. Each year more than 30 million American’s utilize chiropractic health care.
What Conditions Do We Treat at Club West Chiropractic?
Our Blaine, MN Chiropractors at Club West Chiropractic frequently treat patients with conditions/symptoms such as:
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- TMJ disorder
- disc herniation
- joint pain
- and more
Scientific Data That Supports Chiropractic
The Rand Corporation is a non-profit organization that conducts research with the intent of improving efficiency, productivity, and the overall knowledge in our society. The Rand Corporation conducted a series of studies, which changed the views of alternative health care, especially chiropractic care. They conducted a study comparing chiropractic school’s and medical school’s basic sciences, clinical sciences, and clerkship curriculum. The Rand Corporation conducted a study that depicted what type of person goes to the chiropractor. A study showing the conditions that are most commonly referred to and treated most effectively by chiropractors was done. Studies were also done on the appropriateness and cost effectiveness of chiropractic care.
According to the Rand study, chiropractors spend 4,926 total hours in school and medical doctors only spend 4,667 hours. There is this notion that chiropractors spend less time in school and are less qualified than medical doctors. The hard evidence says otherwise; chiropractors are just as qualified as medical doctors when it comes to their training in diagnosing and the treatment of non-life threatening conditions. The people that most often seek chiropractic care are married middle-aged patients with low back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Chiropractic outcomes have been very good for patients with acute low back pain. Chiropractic treatment should be the first line of defense for those experiencing acute low back pain, as chiropractic has the best outcomes and is the most cost effective treatment available.
The Rand Corporation clarified the potential of chiropractic care and opened the eyes of many medical doctors. The American Medical Association changed their ethical code after these studies were published. The code now states that medical doctors should ethically work in conjunction with chiropractors, that includes referrals when appropriate. Click here to read a brief overview of all the chiropractic studies performed by the Rand Corporation.
The chiropractors at Club West Chiropractic in Blaine, MN, specialize in and take great pride and joy in treating patients who suffer from personal injuries. Click the links below to learn more about how chiropractic can help get your back on the road, back to work, or back in the game.