What is chiropractic?

Dr. Giang

Definition - Chiropractic is a health care profession that mainly focuses on conditions and disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and the effects of these disorders on the body. Chiropractic is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, which includes but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. For a complete list of conditions treated by our doctors at Vu Chiropractic, please click here. In order to treat these conditions, we utilize a number of therapies including electric muscle stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, spinal decompression, therapeutic massage, and cold laser therapy. Other than therapies, we educate patients on stretches and exercises that are necessary in order for their bodies to heal correctly and become stronger. Lastly, the most important thing that we are specifically trained to do is adjust the spine and variousjoints of the body. Most patients will have a combination of therapies, exercises, and adjustments in order to return to their optimal health.

Manipulation – Manipulation, also known as chiropractic adjustments, is performed to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in movement as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation of the affected joint helps restore mobility, thereby decreasing pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal properly.

Education/Training - Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most extensive of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant at a chiropractic college is required to obtain nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, and other related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, approximately three to four academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the importance of adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training. Doctors of chiropractic undergo a rigorous education and training in the sciences similar to that of medical doctors. In some subjects, such as anatomy, physiology, and rehabilitation, they receive more intensive education than most medical doctors or physical therapists. Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum in clinical settings with hands-on experience with real patients. Before they are allowed to practice, doctors of chiropractic must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed. This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose various health care conditions and treat the problems within their scope of practice or refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.