Chiropractic care is a type of alternative medicine that is centered around the disorders of the musculoskeletal system and nervous system, and how these disorders affect the overall health of an individual. Chiropractic treatment focuses more on adopting healthier lifestyles in addition to chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic exercises, and less on medications or invasive treatments. Most often, chiropractic care is used to relieve pain in the neck, back, joints, and head. Many chiropractic patients will experience reduced muscle tension and less overall pain.
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs), like Dr. Bryan Foss, must attend a four-year doctoral graduate school program consisting of classroom instruction, as well as laboratory and clinical internships. Due to the hands-on nature of chiropractic care, the training DCs receive in anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition, and public health is more intensive than a typical med school program.
Did You Know?
According to the American Chiropractic Association, 3 out of 4 people who saw a chiropractor described chiropractic care as being “very effective”. In fact, the American College of Physicians released an update in 2017 to its low back pain treatment guidelines that recommends first using spinal manipulation for acute and chronic back pain before resorting to drug-based treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for chiropractic care from Botha Chiropractic?
You may be a candidate for chiropractic care if you have any of the following:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Muscle, ligament, or joint injuries
- Some forms of arthritis
- TMJ problems
Chiropractic care can safely be practiced on patients of all ages and can even be beneficial to children. Active children, or those who participate in sports, may have back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness, or general discomfort from growing. Gentle chiropractic care may help to alleviate these issues.
Chiropractic care may not be the best option for you if you have osteoporosis, spinal cord compression, inflammatory arthritis, have a history or cancer, or if you are taking blood-thinning medications.
To find out if chiropractic care is the best option for you or your child, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bryan Foss of Botha Chiropractic today!
Can you have chiropractic care when pregnant?
Chiropractic care is considered to be a safe treatment for alleviating pain in the back, legs, and pelvic region in pregnant women. Many of the aches and pains during pregnancy occur because the uterus is off-center and applying additional strain to various structures. Chiropractic care helps to diagnose and correct spinal misalignments to relieve pain. However, chiropractic adjustments are altered to be gentler than traditional chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care for pregnant women can help alleviate the following conditions:
- Lower and upper back pain
- Hip and low back pain that radiates into the leg
- Pubic-bone pain
- Rib misplacement
Does chiropractic care really work?
Yes, recent research has proven that chiropractic care can provide a number of benefits for a variety of conditions. The most common reasons people seek chiropractic care is for acute and chronic pain, headaches, back pain, and neck pain. According to a 2018 study conducted by chiropractors and researchers, “The results of a clinical trial showed that chiropractic care combined with usual medical care for low back pain provides greater pain relief and a greater reduction in disability than medical care alone. The study, which featured 750 active-duty members of the military, is one of the largest comparative effectiveness trials between usual medical care and chiropractic care ever conducted”(American Chiropractic Association). The American Chiropractic Association also notes several other examples of successful chiropractic applications.
How does chiropractic care compare to physical therapy?
Chiropractic care primarily uses the manipulation of musculoskeletal structures to restore joint function, while most physical therapists use strengthening exercises to provide stability to an injured part of the body. Physical therapy also primarily focuses on a particular muscle group, while chiropractic care mainly focuses on correcting spinal misalignments to alleviate issues in other parts of the body. Although both physical therapy and chiropractic care have benefits, chiropractic care is thought to provide long-term changes. However, there may be cases when one therapy is better than the other. Dr. Foss will help you decide if chiropractic care is the best option for your case.
Is chiropractic care safe?
When practiced by a properly educated and licensed DC, chiropractic care is considered to be one of the safest drug-free and non-invasive therapies. To ensure that you are receiving the safest treatment, be sure to be very specific about your medical history and symptoms with Dr. Foss. This will allow Dr. Foss to provide you with the safest treatment option for your individual musculoskeletal and medical needs.
As with any type of treatment, invasive or otherwise, there are always risks involved. However, when compared to other treatment methods for musculoskeletal conditions, such as over the counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), chiropractic care has far fewer risks and complications.
What should I expect on my first visit to Botha Chiropractic?
Your first appointment with Botha Chiropractic will revolve around evaluating your individual case to develop a personalized treatment plan. To accomplish this, Dr. Foss may use a combination of clinical assessment, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, and other possible diagnostic interventions. For all new patients, your first visit will also come with a 60 minute massage that will be scheduled for a later time.
During your clinical assessment, Dr. Foss will ask you about your medical history and symptoms. He will then perform a physical examination to establish a diagnosis. In some cases, diagnostic imaging methods such as an MRI, CT scan, or x-ray may be required to confirm or establish the extent of a diagnosis. Laboratory testing may also be required, but is rare. Once reaching a diagnosis, Dr. Foss will discuss his findings, treatment suggestions, and the risks and benefits of any suggested procedures. Together, you and Dr. Foss will decide if chiropractic treatment is the best option for you.
What should I expect when receiving chiropractic care from Botha Chiropractic?
Your individual experience will vary depending on your case and treatment case. However, most of our chiropractic appointments include some form of massage and chiropractic adjustments. During your chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Foss will use his hands to manipulate your spinal joints. As a result, you may hear loud popping or cracking, but should not feel any pain. The popping or cracking that you hear is only gas bubbles being released from between your joints when the pressure inside the joint changes.
To ensure the proper treatment of your musculoskeletal issue, you will likely need to visit Botha Chiropractic a number of times to obtain the most optimal results. The amount and frequency of visits will depend upon your condition and personalized treatment plan. Dr. Foss will discuss this with you and help you develop a schedule for your chiropractic care.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment, or spinal manipulation, is a controlled force exerted by Dr. Foss on joints that have become restricted in their movement. This force restores mobility, reduces inflammation, and relieves muscle tightness and pain. This eventually allows the affected joints and surrounding tissues to properly heal.
What is chiropractic massage?
A chiropractic massage uses gentle and slow motions to manipulate the muscles. Popular manipulation techniques used with chiropractic massage include kneading and pressing, as well as trigger point massage and Swedish massage techniques. Chiropractic massage is used in coordination with chiropractic adjustments to ease muscle tension and release toxins from the body.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Most patients do not feel pain or discomfort during their chiropractic adjustments. Sometimes, however, there may be soreness in the affected area following treatment. This type of soreness is described as the same soreness that results from exercise and will usually resolve itself 12-48 hours after treatment.
Do I need to follow any special instructions after receiving chiropractic care?
Depending on your symptoms and diagnosis, Dr. Foss may make certain recommendations to follow in between appointments. These recommendations could include dietary changes, daily stretches, practicing better posture, wearing better foot support, minimizing stress, and altering your sleep position. Most of the time, these recommendations are intended to complement your chiropractic care to help alleviate symptoms and provide better support to your musculoskeletal system.
Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?
Most insurance companies, including major medical plans, worker’s compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans for federal employees, cover chiropractic care. Botha Chiropractic can help you figure out if your insurance offers coverage for chiropractic care.
Botha Chiropractic is the premier choice for natural and effective back and neck pain relief in Denver, Colorado. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bryan Foss today!