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What Is a Chiropractor?

Learn what a chiropractor is from Dr. Karen Erickson in this Howcast video.


Chiropractors are highly trained, licensed healthcare professionals that practice a complete system of healthcare that focuses on optimizing and preserving health by the use of manual therapies to restore proper musculoskeletal and neurological function. The word "chiropractic" itself comes from the Greek, and it means to be done by hand. And chiropractors examine patients and can discover misalignments or restrictions in the spine, chiropractors call them subluxations, that can create pain, inflammation, muscle spasm, and restriction in motion. And chiropractors are uniquely trained to detect subluxations upon examination. And they'll use their hands to very specifically adjust your spine and other joints in your body to remove subluxations so that you can have restoration of motion, relaxation of muscle spasm, reduction in inflammation, as well as a rebalancing of the nervous system, which optimizes health.

Chiropractic is not just about pain control. It's very effective for treating painful conditions, but chiropractic goes beyond that in really restoring neurological function so that your body has the best shot at healing itself.

I'd also like to mention that most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover chiropractic care. Chiropractors are considered portal of entry healthcare providers. So in most cases, referrals are not required.

Everyone can benefit from chiropractic care, even infants and children, adults, and seniors. Even people that have had back surgery can receive chiropractic care. Your chiropractor will choose techniques that are appropriate for your body type and your condition.

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