What Do Chiropractors Do?

Many people associate chiropractors with auto accidents and back pain. While chiropractors treat these conditions, they can help you with many more conditions and restore your overall health. First and foremost, chiropractors specialize in relieving painful joints, muscles, and bones using various techniques and therapies.

It All Starts With the Spine

To understand what a chiropractor does, you need to delve into the heart of chiropractic care: the spine. The spine, or more specifically its alignment, is critical to your health. This is because it harbors and protects the nerves that travel from your brain to everywhere in your body. Since these nerves send and receive signals that communicate pain, movement, or position, keeping them as healthy as possible is critical to overall health. Spinal subluxation is a term you’ll hear in or office. A spinal subluxation is an area of slight misalignment in your spine. Subluxations can occur throughout the body, but when they’re in the spine, they can sometimes cause the spine to compress nerves. This interferes with the vital communication that nerves perform. While the popular thinking around nerves is that they help you move your hand away from a hot stove or let you know when you’ve suffered an injury, they do much more.

There are nerves throughout your body that help you breathe, pump blood, and digest your meals. Improving neural communication can help enhance your health in these and many more critical areas. Some of the areas nerve function impacts seem readily apparent. You’ve probably felt the tingling sensation from a foot that “fell asleep.” Some are less obvious. Since spinal nerves unify the mind and body, improving spinal nerve health can also help conditions such as fibromyalgia, ADHD, and sensory processing disorder.

How a Chiropractor Assesses Your Neural Health

When you visit our Hoover, AL office, we begin our thorough assessment of your health by taking a detailed health history. The questions you’ll answer will be much more involved than those you’re accustomed to answering at health appointments because our Integrative Chiropractic team is committed to addressing the underlying cause of your symptoms and restoring function. An example is being delivered using forceps. While you may be fifty or more years old, such a possibly traumatic birth experience can continue to impact your neurological health. In our office, you’ll also have a comprehensive examination including tests. Some of the components of an initial consultation in our office include:

  • Functional Orthopedic Assessment
  • Comprehensive Neurological Evaluation
  • Digital Postural Analysis and X-rays

Throughout this process, we take 41 measurements across 23 different angles. This will give you a complete picture of how your body is functioning.

What to Expect from Chiropractic Treatment

After one of the Drs. Russell analyzes your scans, exam findings, and other data, he will create a treatment plan. While chiropractic adjustment will most likely be a part of your treatment plan, it isn’t the entire plan. Health is about more than what happens in our office. As a result, you can expect to receive a holistic health improvement program. Your chiropractor may prescribe exercises you need to perform between adjustments. He may also recommend dietary changes and possibly targeted supplements. Since many everyday aches and pains result from unhealthy form during daily activities, he may give you ergonomic training to integrate healthier movement patterns into your everyday life. In addition to traditional chiropractic treatment, our chiropractor may also recommend one or more complementary therapies. Our office offers acupuncture, massage therapy, and other bodywork therapies to provide you with a more well-rounded wellness experience.

Other Conditions You Can Get Treated at Our Office

Since we delve deeply into your overall health, we specialize in many conditions traditional doctors won’t always treat. Some of the systemic issues you can get treated at our office include mold toxicity, autoimmune disorders, leaky gut, and hormone imbalance. Our team will listen carefully to your symptoms and work hard to address your underlying issues no matter what your health issue.

What is the Best Age to See a Chiropractor?

If you would believe Hollywood screenwriters, chiropractors are for forty-five-year-old car accident victims. We enjoy helping patients of all ages achieve better health, and we’d love to help you take charge of your health the holistic way. If you’re in the Birmingham, AL area, please call our office at 205-637-1363 to book a chiropractic consultation today.

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