Chiropractic In Painesville, OH
Although many people think of chiropractic treatment solely in the context of back problems, it is actually a whole-body system. Spinal misalignments, as well as other musculoskeletal problems, can affect nerve function and many medical conditions. French Chiropractic and Wellness Center helps diagnose and treat patients who reside in Painesville.
What is a Chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a health care professional who specializes in the manipulation of the spine and other joints. Manipulation realigns the joints, which allows them to move correctly and operate with maximum function. The adjustment occurs when the chiropractor moves the joint with his hands or a special tool while remaining joints stay stable. Correcting the alignment can help treat a wide range of conditions many people might not connect with the spine. For example, a spinal misalignment in the upper to the mid-thoracic area can affect the heart rate and blood pressure, while patients who have asthma may breathe more freely once their spinal vertebrae and rib joints are correctly aligned. Other conditions that may be helped with chiropractic care include headaches, intestinal cramps, and extremity pain.
What Happens During Chiropractic Exams?
The first step in a chiropractic exam is to collect and review the patient’s health history. Next, the chiropractor will conduct a physical examination that includes such aspects of health function as the joints’ range of motion, posture, and muscle strength and flexibility. In some cases, X-rays may be necessary. Your chiropractor will then develop a plan of care and begin treatment. In some cases, a referral to another medical specialist may be more appropriate.
How are Chiropractors Trained?
Chiropractors must complete a minimum of three years of undergraduate work before entering a college of chiropractic. The chiropractic course of study takes four years, and many chiropractors go on for additional training in a residency or complete specialized training in subjects like chronic pain or prenatal chiropractic work. A license is required in all states; once the chiropractor passes the initial examination, regular continuing education is required to maintain licensure.
Located in Madison, French Chiropractic and Wellness Center provides chiropractic care to the residents of Madison, Painesville, and Mentor. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.