Chiropractic services aren’t the same as standard medical treatment: instead of using medication and surgery, we use spinal adjustments and related treatments to help patients with pain and other problems stemming from pinched nerves. Learn more by reading below.
The spinal cord is the information superhighway of the body, transmitting electrical impulses from the brain to all parts of the body through millions of nerve cells. It’s located within the spinal column, a column of twenty-four bones known as vertebrae. This design is extremely flexible, allowing our body to bend in nearly all directions, including forward, backward, and side-to-side. Furthermore, the spine has three curves in order to allow our body to support our weight as we move, walk, and more.
While the spinal column is meant to provide protection for the vital spinal cord, this flexibility can lead to drawbacks. If nerves or blood vessels get pinched between the vertebrae, this can lead to interruption in nerve flow and blood flow. This, in turn, can lead to many different ailments and problems.
If a nerve in the spinal column is pinched or irritated, it can cause a chain reaction that can lead to symptoms of pain or discomfort in virtually any part of the body. Because of that, it is crucial that the vertebrae be in the proper position to allow proper function of the nervous system.
Chiropractic treatment aims to correct the misalignment of vertebrae through spinal adjustment. By using his or her hands, a chiropractor can put the spine back into proper alignment, relieving pinched or irritated nerves. Once nervous and blood flow is restored, the patient will often feel more comfortable, and pain may disappear.
Chiropractors are trained in a manner similar to doctors, though with many significant differences. It starts with undergraduate education, usually comprised of a pre-chiropractic program of at least two years. Like a pre-med curriculum, the courses in a pre-chiropractic program are often concentrated in the sciences. Many students often earn an undergraduate degree in the sciences before moving on to chiropractic school.
Chiropractic school lasts for four years, and the student must study in an accredited institution. (Again, this is similar to medical school.) Their training is composed of a mixture of academic study and hands-on training. In order to practice, a graduate of a chiropractic institution must pass rigorous national and state board exams, proving that he or she is ready to treat patients.