Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of biomechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. These disorders or misalignments of the spinal column, can lead to problems such as pain, muscle spasm, pinched nerves, disc bulges, and spinal degeneration (osteoarthritis).
The best results are usually achieved through a combination of chiropractic adjustments, lifestyle changes (such as exercise and stretching), and relaxation techniques. But no treatment plan is, nor should be, one-size-fits-all. In this article, we explore the benefits of customized chiropractic care and what goes into determining its administration.
Chiropractic care is a personalized approach to health and wellness
When you join the 35 million patients who visit chiropractors each year, your chiropractor will inquire about your health history and current condition. They will also perform a physical exam. This information helps them to understand your individual needs and create a care plan that is tailored specifically for you.
Some of the factors that they may take into account include the nature and severity of your condition, previous injuries or traumas, your age, overall health, and your lifestyle and goals. They will also consider any other treatments that you are currently receiving.
By taking all of these factors into account, your chiropractor can develop a care plan that is designed to meet your specific unique needs and help you to achieve your desired results.
Everyone’s body is different, so each person’s chiropractic care plan should be unique
After completion of a thorough history and examination, the chiropractic doctor will review these findings with you and create a customized treatment plan tailored for your condition and health care goals. Depending on the type of injury you have such as back pain, the chiropractor will use different techniques than if you are dealing with back pain due to a herniated disc problem or peripheral neuropathy. There are many different adjunctive therapies available for treating specific conditions.
If you have migraines, a chiropractic neurologist may recommend a different approach that includes nutritional counseling, vagal nerve stimulation, neurorehabilitation, laser therapy and stress-reduction techniques. If you have joint pain, they may recommend exercises and stretches to help strengthen the muscles around the affected area as well as laser therapy for helping to reduce inflammation, decrease pain and promote healing. For carpal tunnel syndrome, they would focus on relieving pressure on the median nerve in your wrist and utilizing electrostimulation modalities to rehabilitate the nerve. For athletes, specific exercises and stretching and neurorehabilitation approaches for improving sports performance
You can play an important role in designing your care
It is always important to be an active participant in your own healthcare. This means that you need to take the time to understand your condition and the available treatment options. When it comes to chiropractic care, it is essential to work closely with your chiropractor to ensure that the treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs.
If you have back pain, you will need to let your chiropractor know about the location, severity, and duration of your pain. You should also let them know if you have any other health conditions that may be affecting your back pain. This information will help them to develop a plan that is likely to be effective for you.
Your chiropractor will need this input as soon as possible. During your initial consultation, be sure to ask questions and express any concerns that you have. Once the treatment plan is in place, be sure to follow through with all of the recommended therapies. By taking an active role in your care, you can help ensure that you receive the best possible treatment and results for your condition.
Common therapies even in customized chiropractic plans
There are many different types of chiropractic therapies, and each one is designed to treat different health conditions. One of the most common chiropractic therapies is called spinal manipulation. This therapy is used to treat back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Spinal manipulation involves the use of gentle pressure and movement to relieve pain and restore normal movement and range of motion of the joints.
In our office we use adjunctive physiotherapy modalities to help reduce pain, decrease inflammation and promote healing as well as strengthening and stabilizing injured areas. Those therapies include:
- Laser Therapy
- Electrical Muscle Stimulation
- Cervical and Lumbar Mechanical Traction
- Spinal Decompression
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Vibration Plates
- Virtual Reality
- Rehab equipment such as Spine Force and Power Plate
If you’re in the San Mateo area and require more personalized care and attention, then our Chiropractic Neurologist, Dr. Paul Quarneri, of Neurolink Chiropractic is your best choice. Dr. Quarneri has almost 30 years of experience designing customized chiropractic care plans to meet each patient’s individual needs, and he can do the same for you. Contact Neurolink today to set up your first appointment.