What Is Chiropractic Treatment?
A chiropractor is a type of medical provider who uses his or her hands to manipulate the spine or apply other alternative treatments such as deep tissue massage. Most practitioners complete an undergraduate degree and then four years of specialized chiropractic education. The letters D.C. after the name indicates that the practitioner has this level of training. Once the formal education is complete, the practitioner applies to become board-certified, indicating a higher level of competence. At Allcure Spine & Sports Medicine, your care is in the hands of our highly qualified chiropractic professional, Anthony Alfieri, D.C., M.S., who is board-certified.
Chiropractic care practitioners like Dr. Alfieri believe in the power of keeping the body in proper alignment to help it heal without surgery or drugs. Many patients find that regular visits to a chiropractor help with mobility, repetitive stress injuries, and chronic pain. While some see chiropractic care as an alternative to traditional medicine, in reality, the two often work together to improve a patient’s health and quality of life.
What Are the Health Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment?
Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care, like that offered by Allcure Spine & Sports Medicine, are generally considered safe for the treatment of specific conditions. One is acute low back pain, the type of pain that lasts no more than six weeks and usually resolves on its own. This type of pain is typically the result of moving something too heavy or overexertion during sports. Chiropractic treatment may also help reduce neck pain, headaches, arthritis pain, and symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Here are some of the lesser-known, but no less important, benefits of regular chiropractic care.
- Improved circulation: Chiropractic adjustment allows new blood to flow through the body.
- Stronger immune system: A body in balance is better able to fight off illness.
- Improved muscle tone: Muscles are loosened and tightened for greater strength.
- Faster recovery times: Performance level is regained faster with regular chiropractic care after an injury.
- More efficient nerve system function: Chiropractic care helps each nerve operate more efficiently.
- Improved organ system function: The heart, lungs, and other organ systems work more effectively.
What Should I Expect at my First Visit for Chiropractic Treatment?
At Allcure Spine & Sports Medicine, Dr. Alfieri and his team take a full medical history and perform a thorough physical exam. With some patients, they may also use diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests. Your chiropractor needs to know about any other treatments you’re currently receiving, any medications you take, and some basic facts about your lifestyle. Gathering all of this information helps the team to develop a thorough treatment plan for you.
Once you and your chiropractor have developed a plan for your care, you are ready for your first treatment. You usually lie in a face-down position on a padded table explicitly made for this purpose. Your provider then uses his or her hands to apply force to the joint; you may hear popping or cracking as the joint moves beyond the normal range of motion. You may have some minor side effects afterward, such as a headache or soreness. Most patients don’t describe the discomfort as severe or any worse than the soreness that accompanies a regular workout.
What Does a Plan for Chiropractic Care Include?
While care plans are made for the individual, there are three common goals of a chiropractic treatment plan.
- To restore function after an illness or injury
- To prevent injury by keeping the body in proper alignment
- To relieve pain naturally without drugs.
Allcure Spine & Sports Medicine’s professional team develops a complete program for you that includes several components.
- Manual adjustments of the joints using sudden force to improve range of motion
- Nutritional counseling to help you understand how what you eat either helps or harms your body
- An exercise or rehabilitation plan to keep you moving at a level appropriate to your body’s condition
All these things work together to help you achieve the results you seek. These goals are the same, whether you are working your way back from an injury or seeking a higher level of performance.
Why Choose Allcure Spine & Sports Medicine for Your Chiropractic Care?
Allcure Spine & Sports Medicine is a family-owned practice that uses the latest in technology and techniques. The team wants to help you find relief from pain or get you back to maximum performance after an injury. Dr. Alfieri uses a multidisciplinary approach with every patient’s plan of care. He uses pain management, physical therapy, and acupuncture professionals in the building to address every aspect of your healing. If you’re ready to experience truly individualized care, contact Allcure today to schedule an appointment and learn more about what the friendly professionals at Allcure can do for you. With two locations to serve you in Hamilton Township and Monroe, Dr. Alfieri and his team at Allcure are waiting to take care of you.
“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
– Thomas Edison