10 Jul 2023

Understanding Chiropractic Care

In our Understanding What a Chiropractor Is episode on Between Two White Coats, we interviewed Dr. Jamie Adams, a chiropractor with more than 12 years of experience. Dr. Adams specializes in prenatal and pediatric care and has a chiropractic office in Monroe and Covington. Our goal for this episode was to explain chiropractic care and to provide informative insights into this healthcare field. 

Understanding Chiropractic Care

Misconceptions often surround chiropractic care, but it’s essential to understand what it entails. Chiropractors are highly trained professionals who focus on diagnosing and treating vertebral subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine. These misalignments can significantly impact the nervous system and overall health. Chiropractic care is grounded in scientific knowledge and evidence-based techniques. Chiropractors employ specific analysis and gentle adjustments to correct spinal misalignments, which can positively impact overall health.

Education and Training

Chiropractors undergo rigorous education and training to ensure they provide safe and effective care. Their program typically lasts three and a half to five years, involving over 4,000 classroom hours covering various subjects like diagnosis, x-ray interpretation, anatomy, physiology, neurology, and more. Chiropractors receive extensive training in analyzing the spine, assessing nervous system function, and developing personalized treatment plans. While chiropractors focus on vertebral subluxations, they can also pursue additional certifications in extremity care, pediatrics, and prenatal care. These extra credentials allow chiropractors to provide specialized treatment and care for patients with specific needs.

Scope of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care effectively treats various musculoskeletal conditions, such as back and neck pain, sciatica, and carpal tunnel syndrome. However, it’s important to note that chiropractors consider patients’ overall well-being. They assess factors like diet, stress levels, hydration, and lifestyle choices to provide holistic care. This article expands on four ways your diet and nutrition can enhance chiropractic care. Chiropractors can address adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, and other lifestyle-related issues, aiming to improve overall health and functionality.

Collaboration with Other Healthcare Providers

Chiropractors often work in conjunction with other healthcare providers, including primary care physicians and nurse practitioners. While chiropractors focus on the spine and musculoskeletal system, primary care physicians have a broader scope of medical knowledge and diagnostics. Together, they can provide comprehensive care, ensuring patients receive the most appropriate treatment for their specific needs.

Insurance Coverage and Chiropractic Care

Insurance coverage for chiropractic care varies depending on the provider and policy. Patients need to review their insurance policy, speak with their insurance provider, if necessary, and then consult with the chiropractor’s office to understand their insurance and payment options so that they fully understand the financial implications before seeking care.

Listen to this episode to gain more insight into how working with a chiropractor can support your overall health. If you find our podcast helpful, please consider subscribing so you don’t miss an episode, and don’t forget to leave us a rating and review; this will help other people find our podcast.