Chiropractors: Training and Treatment
Chiropractors are doctors who can diagnose and treat a wide variety of condition, specifically those that include symptoms of neck and back pain, restricted movement in the joints and muscular problems. Their treatments include massage, manipulation and spinal decompression, amongst others.
To help you understand what a chiropractor does, first let us take a look at how we are made. The spine is the focal point of most, if not all chiropractic treatment. It is formed out of 33 separate bones, in a single column. Between each of the bones is a cushion made up of a gel like substance; this helps with flexibility and mobility. Unfortunately, as we age, this gel gradually hardens, reducing flexibility and increasing the likelihood of pain. One of the chiropractor's jobs is to keep these bones in a straight line with each other, known as alignment.
Through certain techniques the chiropractor can help to alleviate the problems and pain associated with a number of conditions. Herniated discs, spinal misalignment and nerve problems are just three. Virtually all of our nerves, muscles and joints are related to the spine in some way or other and problems with the spine will cause problems elsewhere in the body. The chiropractor will diagnose and treat each condition separately if they can, However, if they cannot they will make sure you are referred to someone who can help you.
In order to qualify as a Doctor of Chiropractic, each one has to go through a very extensive program of training and education. At the very least they need a 2-year undergraduate degree in one of the sciences. Some States require a 4-year degree. Once this degree has been successfully obtained the chiropractor must then undergo a 4 year program at an accredited school of chiropractic medicine. On receiving that degree they must then pass an exam through the National Board of Chiropractic before a licence to practice can be awarded. It shuld be obvious to anyone that a Chiropractor is highly trained and is a proper doctor. In fact to a certain degree they are more highly trained and educated than your GP is.
There are no age restrictions when it comes to treating problems with the back and spine. A chiropractor can treat anyone, form young babies right up to senior citizens. Many people probably do not realise that a chiropractor can prevent attacks of colic and can help to ensure that children and babies grow up without problems. For the elderly, although they cannot reverse the aging process on the spine and its gel cushion they can realign the spine and make their lives as pain free as possible.
Chiropractors do not use any form of surgery or medication in their treatments. They will not even use painkilling injections, preferring to work only with their hands performing a complete natural method of healing. A chiropractor can also help you with nutrition and diet advice as well as teaching you toe exercise properly and safely. When all is said and done a visit to a chiropractor could be the best decision you ever make for your health and well-being.
About Our Practice
Dr. Hakimian and his staff are dedicated to the enhancement of your health and performance. We offer the latest equipment and techniques for the treatment of injuries arising from home, auto or work as well as sports and recreational activities. At our offices we treat the whole person, knowing that all parts of the body must work together for optimum health and performance.
Chiropractic is an Art, together with a Science and a Philosophy, which deal directly with the nervous system of our body. These nerves control all bodily functions, both conscious and automatic. The art is the gentle and specific adjustment or movement of the joints within the body to relieve pressure on the nerves and to produce normal joint motion. This action minimizes both wear and tear as well as pain.
Dr. Hakimian is concerned about your body's overall health, he can evaluate and treat your spine if it is degenerating. Dr. Hakimian can teach you how to strengthen and protect your back with exercises and proper movement. You may also learn about healthy lifestyle choices, since the health of your spine is linked to the health of your entire body.