At Texas Spine Clinic, we value the use of healing techniques that can prevent pain and damage to your body, rather than invasive surgical procedures that have the potential to do more harm than good. To that end, we focus on chiropractic medicine and techniques, specializing in back injuries and pain. Our cutting edge technology and thoroughly knowledgable treatment specialists ensure that you receive the best chiropractic care in San Antonio.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a distinct branch of the health care professions. Chiropractors doctors are trained professionals who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of disorders primarily involving the nerves, muscles, bones and joints. Chiropractic care is commonly used to treat conditions like joint pain, neck pain, back pain, headaches, and musculoskeletal disorders.

Chiropractic doctors perform detailed histories, physical examinations including orthopedic and neurological tests, laboratory testing, and diagnostic imaging to formulate a successful plan of action to effectively treat your condition.

point at spineChiropractic is recognized as a safe, non-invasive treatment modality for a variety of injuries and disorders. Chiropractors are generally very conservative in their approach to treating pain and their techniques have become the most widely accepted and most effective alternative treatment of back pain. Typical treatments include exercise, joint mobilization, application of modalities such as heat, ice, electrical muscle stimulation and ultrasound. One main objective of care is the correction of subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae) in the spine that place pressure on spinal nerves, leading to shoulder, back, and neck pain.

The majority of your treatment will happen in the doctor’s office, but your chiropractor may have some suggestions of stretches, relaxation exercises, physical activities, or adjustments to make at home to improve your symptoms. These may include things like changing your posture or sleeping position.

Chiropractic Adjustments

One of the most common components of chiropractic treatment is a procedure called spinal manipulation or adjustment. Typically, your chiropractor will use his/her hands or a specialized instrument to apply controlled force to a joint with the purpose of improving the alignment and functionality of that area of the body. This may sometimes produce a popping sound similar to if you were cracking your knuckles.

Some of the most common reasons patients seek chiropractic adjustment are neck pain, low back pain, and headaches. As with other chiropractic procedures, some patients may feel instant relief following their adjustment. Others may experience some soreness or aching afterwards, but this discomfort usually subsides within a day or two.

Physical therapists may also work to improve functional abilities in walking, getting in/out of bed, strength, balance, gross motor skills and endurance.

Benefits of Chiropractic

People from all walks of life can benefit from chiropractic care. It’s a safe, drug-free method to treat a variety of health conditions. Chiropractic has been shown as an effective treatment for injuries, bodily pain, sciatica, and even headaches.

With the right treatment plan, most patients experience improved mobility, increased energy, and a reduction in pain. Some people report that they have better posture, improved circulation, and feel more relaxed overall. Chiropractic is also utilized in preventative pain management, meaning that the care of smaller micro-injuries can prevent them from growing into more serious injuries or ailments later on.

Many individuals feel relief almost immediately after beginning their treatment plan. For others, particularly those with more severe conditions, it may take some time before they begin to experience the benefits of chiropractic treatment.

Education and Training of Chiropractors

Chiropractor doctors in the United States undergo a rigorous education to earn their degree. Most chiropractic college students have previously completed an undergraduate degree in the sciences, such as in biology, anatomy, chemistry, physiology, or pre-medical studies, similar to the preparatory education of MDs. Graduates of chiropractic college earn the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) and then must pass national board examinations to then become licensed in their state before practicing.

To earn their degree, students must pass no less than 4,200 student/teacher contact hours, or the equivalent, in four years of professional study from an accredited chiropractic school. Due to the patient-focused nature of their profession, much of the preparation for work in the chiropractic field happens in clinical programs in which students must work directly with patients. Students typically enroll in a one-year internship program, usually totaling about 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training.

This extensive curriculum prepares them to identify and treat health care issues in their practice. If you’re nervous about seeing a chiropractor for the first time, you can rest assured knowing that they have completed a great deal of educational requirements and hands-on training.

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