Back Pain Care in Western New York

What is Chiropractic?
 
Chiropractic is a form of natural health care that focuses on treating a patient without the use of drugs or medicines. Doctors of Chiropractic, more commonly known as chiropractors, are primary health care providers licensed in all 50 states, and are recognized by governmental health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Workers' Compensation programs, and more. Every year, more than 30 million Americans see chiropractors as part of the regular health care programs, and with over 84,000 licensed chiropractors nationwide and more than 10,000 students currently enrolled in chiropractic school, it is the fastest growing health care profession.

A chiropractor is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the promotion of public health, and a wellness approach to patient healthcare. The practice and procedures that are employed by chiropractors are based on the academic and clinical training received in and through accredited chiropractic colleges.

Chiropractors frequently treat individuals with problems such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions that chiropractors manage or provide care for is not limited to the common pains and problems listed above. Chiropractors also have the training to treat a variety of conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, and other disorders as new research is developed.
What type of education do Chiropractic Doctors get?

Today's Doctor of Chiropractic is well educated. The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis 
on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related 
subjects. This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractic doctors to locate the Vertebral Subluxation 
Complex and help correct the resulting nervous system dysfunction. The following is the average breakdown 
of the Chiropractic education as compared to Medical Program.

Courses in Classroom Hours
Chiropractic Medicine
540 Anatomy508
240 Physiology 326
360 Pathology 401
165 Chemistry 325
120 Microbiology 114
630 Diagnosis 324
320 Neurology 112
360 X-Ray 148
60 Psychiatry 144
60 Obstetrics 148
210 Orthopedics 156

Total Hours
Chiropractic Medical
2,887 2,706 
Other Required Subjects
Spinal Adjustments Pharmacology
Nutrition Immunology
Advanced Radiology General Surgery 

Grand Total Classroom Hours
Chiropractic Medical
4,885 4,248
In order to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic, each candidate must pass the demanding National Board 
Examination (1540 multiple choice questions over a total 4 days). Then doctors must apply to a governmental 
or professional licensing board and pass still another difficult practical test (100 stations over 2 days) 
before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractic education never ends. Most doctors complete 
postgraduate instruction for license renewal and/or HMO participation, and to stay current on the latest 
scientific research.

Wellness Tips
 
Sitting
  • Choose a chair that is firm enough to support you comfortably, and don't slouch!
  • Sit with your feet flat on the floor or on a low footstool so that your knees are slightly higher than your hips. Sit firmly against the back of the chair.
  • La-z-boy chairs don't bend where you do; choose a rocker instead.
  • Avoid crossing your legs at the knees, which can aggravate existing back conditions and interfere with circulation to your lower limbs.

Standing
  • Stand with your head level. When you have to stand in one place for long periods of time, put one foot on a 4-6-inch stool to help keep pressure off your spine.
  • Avoid wearing high heels if you are going to be on your feet for long periods of time.

Working at a Desk

  • Take frequent stretch breaks if you have to sit for a long time.
  • Sit with your knees at a 90-120-degree angle. An angled footrest may help you feel more comfortable.
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