Your Kenosha Chiropractor Explains ‘What is Chiropractic?’
During your initial visit to our office in Kenosha, your chiropractor, Doctor Janet Jeranek, will take time to explain to you what Chiropractors do and how they benefit your body. Our chiropractor's mission is to educate patients so that they can make informed decisions concerning their personal health when determining whether chiropractic care is right for them. With this in mind, let us explore the topic of chiropractic care.
The Function and Purpose of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic is recognized as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), a field of health care that primarily focuses on strategic manipulation of one’s musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. Chiropractors strongly emphasize and focus on the structure of the body and it's connections to vital organs and nerves. Injuries, such as degenerative conditions and misalignments of the spine or limbs can result in pain and prevent the your nervous system from sending essential ‘messages’ to the brain—especially those designed to relieve pain. A chiropractor generally treats the patient's body as a ‘whole’ rather than just specific spots where they feel pain or discomfort except for a few specific instances.
Alignment issues and injuries left unaddressed often worsen and lead to additional health complications. A doctor of chiropractic aims to use holistic practices—primarily spinal adjustments—to correct alignment problems that commonly cause pain and limit one’s range of motion. Chiropractors typically utilize a combination of natural, drug-free and surgery-free therapies during treatments that further support the body’s ability to heal itself.
The Prevalence of Chiropractic Care in Kenosha
More of Kenosha's communities are drawn to chiropractic care today for a number a reasons. Many turn to chiropractic because it doesn't involve surgery, no side-effects, and helps the body to heal itself naturally. Those in pain or dealing with chronic or degenerative disorders of the spine that are seeking to avoid medication and/or surgery often turn to a doctor of chiropractic for relief and natural healing. Even pregnant women commonly seek out chiropractors to naturally alleviate a number of pregnancy-related conditions and aches.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NICCIH), 25.3 million American adults report suffering from daily pain with the majority of those citing back pain as common issue. Furthermore, the NICCIH estimates that 19.3 million adults and 1.9 million children seek chiropractic care annually. Based on this data, chiropractic is by far the most popular method of treatment for lower back pain, neck pain, and migraines with the majority of recipients report receiving great benefit from chiropractic therapy. However, back pain, and what's mentioned before, are only a few of the many conditions chiropractors treat.
Conditions Commonly Treated by Chiropractors
As mentioned, the most predominant pain Americans suffer from is back pain, especially lower back pain. However, there are a number of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries that chiropractors can help with. Other common conditions treated by chiropractors include:
- Herniated Discs, Ruptured Discs and Subluxations
- Neck Pain
- Chronic Pain from Degenerative Spinal Conditions
- Auto Accident Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Muscle, Joint, or Ligament Tears or Pulls
- Sprains, Strains, and Fractures
- Dislocated or Frozen Joints
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendinitis
- Arthritic Conditions
- Headaches and Migraines
Chiropractic care is safe for both adults and children, and countless studies have indicated that many patients experience pain relief and faster healing after seeing a chiropractor.
The first visit with your Kenosha chiropractor involves a detailed consultation concerning health issues, past injuries, current injuries and any other issues. Once the doctor has discussed what chiropractic entails and how it may be able to help their conditions, a comprehensive evaluation is performed. A physical examination of the spine and range motion will help determine if further tests such as x-rays, CT scans or an MRI is necessary to find the cause of the underlying condition. Our Chiropractor provides a customized treatment plan that is developed once these results and other examinations allow her to confirm a diagnosis.
Chiropractic Treatment Methods
Therapy methods will be determined within the patient’s prescribed treatment regimen. The most common treatment plan involves chiropractic adjustments. There are several types of adjustments, with many administered manually by hand while others utilize a hand-held tools or a specialized chiropractic table. However, other therapies are typically included to expedite healing and relief including: moist heat, cryotherapy, electrical stimulation, rehabilitative exercises, lifestyle counseling, hydrotherapy, massage therapy and relaxation techniques.
Need Chiropractic Relief? Contact Our Chiropractor in Kenosha
Jeranek Family Chiropractic has been a leading chiropractic care provider in Kenosha, WI for over 24 years. Our chiropractor in Kenosha provides comprehensive services that include spinal and extremity adjustments, physiotherapy, electric stimulation, massage and whirlpool therapy and more. If you increase your quality of life, contact Jeranek Family Chiropractic at (262) 694-7833 for an immediate appointment.