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What Services Chiropractors Provide

Many people wonder what services a chiropractor provides and if they are even considered a "real" doctor. Of course, it depends on what is meant by "real." Chiropractors attend school for the same amount of time that medical doctors do, so they have their doctorate. However, they do not hand out prescriptions for medications. This article discusses some chiropractic services and some of the advantages that come from visiting a chiropractor regularly. 

What should you expect when visiting a chiropractor?

When you visit the chiropractor for the first time, they will ask questions about your health history and what issues you have throughout your body. It is also common for the chiropractor to take x-rays of the patient. The chiropractor will often have the patient warm up their body with particular exercises that they are expected to do at the beginning of each visit. These exercises can help to loosen the muscles and joints in the body so that they are more willing to move. 

After this, the chiropractor will then ask the patient to lie down on their chiropractic table. They will apply pressure on certain joints throughout the body, adjusting misalignments in the spine and other parts of the body called subluxations. These subluxations can cause pain simply by being misaligned, but also by pulling on muscles, causing them to be tight, possibly inflamed, and painful. 

The chiropractor may have the patient move into several different positions, applying small amounts of pressure to parts throughout the body. 

What are some advantages of visiting a chiropractor?

There are several advantages that come from keeping regular visits to the chiropractor. Following is a list of some of these advantages.

  • Pain management. Whether it's back pain, headaches, or other forms of pain, many people experience regular pain throughout their day, and just accept that this is normal. However, pain is not a lifestyle. If the body is in pain, it is trying to tell you that something is wrong and needs to be fixed. Regular visits to the chiropractor can help relieve tension and pain throughout the body, providing a more comfortable lifestyle.
  • Improved sleep. When a person is frequently in pain and uncomfortable, it may be difficult for them to sleep, causing tiredness throughout the day. Having the chiropractor adjust misalignments and relieve this pain can lead to higher quality sleep.
  • Balance the hormones. Not only may visiting the chiropractor improve the patient's mood for the day, but studies have shown that regular visits to the chiropractor can help the body produce the correct hormones, leading to happier and more balanced moods more often. 
  • Increased energy. Many people rely on caffeinated beverages and supplements to help get them throughout the day. However, visiting the chiropractor regularly can lead to an increase in hormones that help provide energy, reducing the need for caffeine.

Overall, a visit to the chiropractor like Dimond Chiropractic can provide a lot of benefits. It is important to make sure that the patient is comfortable with the chiropractor and asks any questions ahead of time to relieve any uncertainties.