History of ChriopracticHere at Boulder Back Pain Clinic, we firmly believe in this form of true care. The age-old practices of performing manual manipulation of the spine can be found in evidence spanning from ancient Greek history to Chinese history. Many of the ancient manual practices were believed to heal and even cure many ailments, even those not related to the spine.The origins of chiropractic date back to 1895 when a Doctor by the name of D.D. Palmer performed a spinal adjustment on a partially deaf man named Harvey Lillard. After the adjustment, the patient’s hearing began to improve. It was Palmer’s belief that through spinal adjustments in the body, one could heal and even cure any number of pains and ailments, due to the ability of the spine to press on many different nerves.
Many years later, Palmer opened the first chiropractic college in Davenport, Iowa, the Palmer School of Chiropractic, which still stands today as a college that educates doctors of chiropractic. Thus, the treatment of spinal disorders with manual techniques continues to be the main emphasis of chiropractic therapy.
Today’s ChiropracticIt is commonly known that chiropractic is commonly used to treat neck and back pain. Yet, what is less known by common knowledge is that chiropractic can be used to treat a large number of ailments including headaches, shoulder, elbow and wrist conditions, hip and knee pain, ankle and foot injuries. At Boulder Back Pain Clinic we treat patients for a wide range of pain.
When it comes to diagnosis and treatment, Chiropractic health care has done a good job at maintaining its roots even with the rise of new and advancing medical technologies. By having a professional chiropractor take an active role in their healing, many issues of pain and ailments can be completely eliminated or substantially improved for most patients. This active role means consulting a licensed professional chiropractor and also taking on a healthy diet and exercise. In all recommendations of the medical practices, treating your body well is the prescribed way to stay healthy. At Boulder Back Pain Clinic we strongly believe in taking care of your body for a lifetime of good health.
How does it work?Chiropractic healing is a holistic approach. Through exercises, adjustments and a healthy diet, many of the self-healing properties of the body can be activated. Depending on the health problem, chiropractic health care can offer relief either through a series of sessions but sometimes relief is immediate. Boulder Back Pain Clinic focuses on providing rapid relief of your pain complaints and will not “sell” you on a long-term treatment protocol that requires you to come back endlessly.
Why Chiropractic?Many of the current pain management techniques used today only treat the symptoms of a problem and not the cause. Boulder Back Pain Clinic aims to find the source of the issue and treat it effectively. This is in contrast of traditional medicines but offers realiable results. As a result, chiropractic is highly effective in preventing future issues from presenting themselves.
Chiropractic is non-invasive (i.e. no drugs and no surgery), therefore there are much fewer risks taken with the procedures that are performed. Using your body’s own natural healing, Chiropractic helps manage pain and other problems. More often than not patients who see chiropractors not only report a decrease in pain but also an improvement in their general wellness.
Effects of Chiropractic Care?It’s common for many modern medical practices to administer drugs to treat everything from pain to ailments. Use of prescribed drugs can sometimes create undesirable and dangerous side effects. Many of these drugs can even be hard on the kidneys and liver if used for long periods of time. Again, at Boulder Back Pain Clinic we attempt to find and treat the source of your problems
Chiropractic Myths and Facts
There are many unfounded myths about chiropractic. Most of them, for example, derive from those who are unfamiliar or uneducated with the ideas and practices found within chiropractic.
1. Spinal adjustments are painful
For many patients, relief is found immediately following a spinal adjustment. If a spine is misaligned it can cause pain for not only the back and neck but also in other body parts. Once a chiropractor properly aligns your spine, the pain is often times immediately improved.
2. Chiropractors are not real doctors
In addition to undergraduate studies, Chiropractors undergo and endure several years of rigorous training in their field. After completing their training, chiropractors must also complete many clinical hours under the guidance of a licensed chiropractor. Similar to most medical doctors, Chiropractors are tested and registered with their state board of Chiropractic, to become licensed. All schools attended by Chiropractors are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
3. Chiropractic is Costly
In comparison with Western medical care, it is far less expensive to see a Chiropractor. In fact, chiropractic care can cost half as much as traditional medical care in cases of worker’s compensation, and the source of the problem gets treated rather than just the pain. Because these facts, often times, patients end up requiring much less chiropractic care than what would be required with traditional medicine.
4. You don’t need to visit a chiropractor, you can adjust yourself
An attempt to adjust your own alignment is not only dangerous but is almost always ineffective. Understanding and being familiar with the different muscles and nerves in your spine protects you from further serious injury. It is always best to consult a licensed chiropractor for any pain experienced with the neck and back.