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Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and how these disorders affect overall general health. Specifically, Doctors of Chiropractic are highly trained in the detection and removal of the vertebral subluxation complex, which is one of the most detrimental stresses that affect the body and its functioning capabilities. Chiropractic focuses on treating the cause of disease, not just the symptoms that present.
All chiropractic physicians undergo the same rigorous and stringent educational requirements at an accredited chiropractic college. During their schooling, all chiropractic physicians must undergo over 4000 classroom hours of learning as well as complete all national boards exams required to practice chiropractic. Upon completion of all academic requirements, all physicians must complete the necessary professional requirements for state licensure. Dr. Raymond, a graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, has achieved all necessary academic and professional prerequisites, and all potential patients can be assured of his academic competence and clinical experience.
Chiropractic care is the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapy available in the healthcare field. Although extremely rare in occurrence, there are some potentially adverse effects, which is true with all forms of healthcare. Most patients will feel immediate relief with care, though some may experience mild discomfort, soreness or aching. The risk of any form of stroke, or VBD, is extremely low, only occurring 1 in every 5.85 million manipulation procedures.
The short answer is YES! Children are active, as they should be, and experience many types of falls and blows to their body on a daily basis from things as simple as learning to walk. Chiropractic care and methods are adapted to the individual child and continue to be specific, but gentle treatments. Children are very resilient and adapt quickly, though problems that occur in childhood will often manifest later in life. It is best to address all occurrences early, similar to preventative dentistry.
Most insurance companies cover chiropractic care, though the specific coverage will vary from plan to plan. As chiropractic care continues to grow, insurance companies continue to recognize the importance of such care, understanding that prevention and wellness are becoming more and more necessary. Chiropractic care is also covered by Medicare and Medicaid through the government programs. Most workers compensation and personal injury cases also include chiropractic care as a covered treatment.
Doctors of Chiropractic are educated as primary healthcare practitioners, focusing on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. To be accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, applicants must first complete nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate studies, focusing on biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, psychology and all associated lab work. Once enrolled in an accredited chiropractic college, students must complete 4-5 academic years of schooling with significant clinical training. Chiropractic college consists of over 4200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical training experience.
The chiropractic spinal adjustment, or manipulation, is a manual procedure of highly refined skills developed from intensive years of chiropractic education and training. Dr. Raymond uses his hands to manipulate a joint, particularly a spinal joint, in order to reduce pain, remove nerve interference and to restore or enhance joint function.
Due to chiropractics hands-on nature, the number of visits is typically higher than most new patients are accustomed to. With a Medical Doctor, there is typically a pre-established plan of care at home, i.e. a week long prescription, but with a Doctor of Chiropractic, the treatment involves being at the office undergoing treatment. The number and frequency of visits is determined by the condition that a patient presents with, as well as whether or not the problem is acute, chronic or preventative in nature. Feel free to discuss any questions you may have regarding your treatment plan with Dr. Raymond personally.
The popping or cracking sound that many patients hear is actually the release of a gas bubble in the capsule surrounding the joints of the spine. This is just like the noise you typically hear when cracking your knuckles. The gas bubble releases due to a pressure change in the joint capsule and there is no pain involved at all due that change and release.