If your neck or lower back has bothered you, you are actually in the majority. Eight out of ten adults will experience neck and/or low back problems at some time in their lives. Most symptoms are blamed on poor muscle tone, muscle tension, spasms, ligament or muscle tears, and joint problems.
In the past individuals have subjected themselves to prolonged bed rest, uncomfortable traction, heavy sedation, injections, and surgery. But there is a safer, more natural approach to healing the back: Chiropractic care.
What Is Chiropractic?
Doctors of Chiropractic medicine (D.C.s) adjust the spine with easy, manual thrusts to move the spinal vertebrae back to their normal positions. A chiropractor will sometimes also adjust the joints of the neck, arms, and legs. Spinal adjustments may relieve a spectrum of ailments such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, certain types of migraines, arm, hand, and leg pain that’s due to dysfunction of the neck or lower back.
Dr. Glenn Hyman takes chiropractic care a step further, with a more modern approach to chiropractic care known as Active Release Techniques soft tissue treatment. We also combine this with on-site exercise rehabilitation. Research shows that chiropractic care, combined with soft tissue work AND rehab offers the best patient results.
What Happens during a Chiropractic Examination?
A chiropractor will take a medical history, conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations. Chiropractic physicians spend time examining the spine and any other painful regions, testing reflexes, joint motion, and muscle strength. If the doctor believes that X-Rays are appropriate for your case, he will tell you so.
What Training Do Chiropractors Have?
Chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A rigorous course of study is necessary to receive a degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.). According to Chiropractic Truth, there are over 60,000 D.C.s practicing in the United States. All state licensing boards require two to four years of undergraduate education, and completion of a four-year chiropractic college course. Dr. Hyman has extensive post-graduate training in Active Release Techniques as well.
What Type of Treatment Plan will the doctor recommend?
At Dr. Glenn Hyman’s Denver Chiropractic Center, we don’t recommend long term treatment plans. We always start with short term treatment (6-12 visits), and see how you respond. Frequently, we offer second opinions to patients who’ve been told by other chiropractors that they need 30, 60, or even 100 visits!