It is estimated that chiropractors treat more than 35 million Americans annually. Among physicians and specialists that treat low back pain, chiropractors are the highest-rated healthcare practitioner according to a survey of patient satisfaction - three in four people who saw a chiropractor in the last year described chiropractic care as “very effective”.
A growing body of research demonstrates that the services provided by chiropractors are safe and highly effective for management of acute and chronic pain conditions. In 2017, The American College of Physicians indicated that nonpharmacological approaches, such as spinal manipulation, should be the initial choice of treatment intervention for chronic low back pain. You may find more information about research here.
A chiropractic physician must complete an undergraduate degree and four years of graduate school. They will be granted a license upon completion of four national board exams. Chiropractors specialize in treatment of maladies of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems – these can occur in the spine or in the extremities. Chiropractors are also highly trained in nutritional, lifestyle and dietary counseling. In addition to laboratory tests, your chiropractor may also order and interpret x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, and other imaging.
In conjunction with an accurate diagnosis made with a history, physical exam, orthopedic tests, and necessary imaging, joint mobilization and manipulation are two very effective ways your chiropractor can reduce pain and restore function. Most often, a joint manipulation is a high velocity and low amplitude thrust that is applied increase range of motion and promote muscle relaxation. Additionally, research has demonstrated that joint manipulation promotes the release internal chemical mediators that help decrease pain. Additional modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, light therapies, and myofascial release may be applied. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact DuPage Health and Physical Therapy Center.
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as a proven form of treatment for many conditions, such as; low back pain, neck pain, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, sciatica, joint sprains, periarthritis of the shoulder, postoperative pain, and many others. You may find more information about research here.
Acupuncture, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a 5000 year old treatment strategy created to promote balance in the body. This ancient form of medicine places a focus on patterns of symptoms and their effects, rather than specific diseases and their causes. Acupuncture is administered primarily on the meridians of the body – which Eastern Medicine describes as channels in where ‘qi’, or ‘energy’, flows. A practitioner of acupuncture attempts to identify the underlying disease by recognizing patterns in the body. With this information, they create a unique treatment plan to promote healing and balance.
Acupuncture needles are solid, sterile, and remarkably thin. Upon insertion, they may cause sensations of dullness, achiness, tingling – or no sensation at all. Acupuncture is widely recognized as a relaxing experience. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact DuPage Health and Physical Therapy Center.
Rehabilitation therapy lies within the scope of chiropractic care for conditions affecting the nervous system, joints, bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The physical rehabilitation provided at DuPage Health and Physical Therapy Center is effective as a standalone or adjunctive therapy. The implementation of stretches, exercises, and neuromuscular re-education can improve mobility and promote better recovery outcomes. We can assist with injury recovery, pre-surgical and post-surgical care, and performance enhancement. Majority of conditions may be less likely to reoccur if they’re treated with adequate physical rehabilitation.
Life can be demanding and daily challenges can make it difficult to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Foods containing high levels of sugar, unhealthy fats, and artificial ingredients can have rapid or delayed negative effects on our health. Moreover, some of our healthiest whole foods available may have less nutritional value than they did several years ago. A busy lifestyle requires dietary balance, without it we can suffer from fatigue, digestive issues, brain fog, dizziness, and others.
At DuPage Health and Physical Therapy Center, we can help you identify nutritional deficiencies and metabolic dysfunction. Once we’ve identified areas that can be improved, recommendations of supplementation, dietary modifications, and exercise can be provided to set you on a clearer path to wellness. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact DuPage Health and Physical Therapy Center.