What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-surgical science, and as such, does not include pharmaceuticals or incisive surgery. The word “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body).
Figure 1. Description of the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body
What Does Chiropractic Treat?
Is Chiropractic Safe?
People often wonder, “Is the education of a Doctor of Chiropractic at the same level as a Medical Doctor?” The correct answer is, yes. Doctors of Chiropractic undergo a rigorous and demanding professional education equivalent to any other primary care provider. To obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, one must complete several years of prerequisite undergraduate education and spend nearly the same number of classroom hours at a fully-accredited chiropractic college as MDs do in medical schools. Student doctors are thoroughly trained in the appropriate use of sophisticated analytical equipment including X-rays, examination procedures, and state of the art chiropractic investigative technologies. Before one can actually practice, all Doctors of Chiropractic must pass a series of National Boards, as well as a licensing exam for the state in which they choose to practice. In addition to these national requirements, most states require the doctors to attend clinical continuing education programs for annual relicensure.
What can I expect on my first visit?
When you arrive at our office you will be greeted by our friendly staff. As a new patient, we request that you arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. You will be seen by the chiropractor, Dr. Ash. The first thing he will do is ask you about your health complaints, as well as your chief complaint. He will also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your pain and the best way to go about treating the problem.