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Is a chiropractor a doctor? How can they help me? When should I see a chiro and for how long?

Is a chiropractor a doctor? ­­­

Yes! Chiropractors are Doctors of Chiropractic. Let’s break it down:

Like MDs

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree
  • Have completed a four-year advanced education degree
  • Have completed significant time in hands-on, clinical internship
  • Have completed a national board exam
  • Are licensed and insured
  • Are required to complete continuing education courses throughout their careers

Unique to chiropractors

  • Take a more holistic, whole body approach to determine treatment
  • Can address pain in any part of the body
  • Analyze how muscles, joints and bones are working together
  • Use their hands for adjustments, manipulations and stretching to improve health
  • Does not prescribe medicine or do surgery

How Doctors of Chiropractic can help you

If you experience chronic pain, tension, headaches, backaches or a range of other health conditions, chiropractors may be able to bring you longer lasting relief from pain than medical treatment. By focusing on the neuromusculoskeletal system, chiropractors can determine the underlying causes of pain and how to best resolve.

Chiropractors take a big picture look at the nerve system, muscles and spinal joints and bones. Through a combination of chiropractic spinal adjustments, stretching and strengthening, chiropractors provide drug-free pain relief. This alternative to painkiller use often allows patients to better understand what is going on with their health.

Combined with nutrition and lifestyle or exercise recommendations, chiropractic care can make a real difference for those experiencing pain.

Chiropractors help you incorporate easy changes to your day. From simple stretches to better body positioning at your desk, diet changes to movement recommendations, these little changes add up. This whole body, alternative approach to treatment aims to provide a longer-term solution for those who suffer with chronic pain. And, it can be helpful in preventing future issues and designing a healthy lifestyle.

Choose a Doctor of Chiropractic not for just symptom relief, but for whole body health restoration. Chiropractic can help with a myriad of health conditions. Ask your doctor how regular spinal care fits into a healthy lifestyle.


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