2 Your Health: The facts you need to know about chiropractic


Dr. Craig Brue

Are you experiencing recurring back or neck pain? Many people are somewhat confused about when they should seek chiropractic treatment. This article will help you understand that a visit to a chiropractor may be the best treatment option to overcome spine pain.

Chiropractic physicians are real doctors.

Chiropractors have to pass national board exams as well as state board exams to practice. Chiropractic care is covered by Medicare, workers’ compensation, Medicaid, and health/auto insurance plans. The biggest difference between chiropractic and medical physicians lies not in their education, but in their method of treatment. Chiropractors specialize in the treatment of spine disorders by the use of spinal adjustments, exercises, and lifestyle changes instead of drugs, shots and surgery.

Many medical doctors refer their patients to chiropractors.

Your family medical doctor does not specialize in back and neck pain. Your medical doctor specializes in biochemistry and internal disorders. A chiropractor specializes in the structural integrity and biomechanics of the spine. Dr. Lee Green, a family medicine professor at the University of Michigan, had this comment for ABC News regarding the use of medication for pain: “Neck pain is a mechanical problem, and it makes sense that mechanical treatment (spinal adjustments) works better than a chemical one.”

Chiropractic adjustments do not hurt.

Some patients hesitate to come into a chiropractic office because they think that a spinal adjustment will hurt. Just as lasers have replaced some scalpels, chiropractors are now able to utilize spinal adjusting instruments that are very safe and effective. Spinal adjusting instruments deliver a very controlled, gentle tapping style of spinal adjustment. These adjustments are very light and fast, and there is no pain involved with this type of treatment. If you have any questions about instrument adjustments for spine pain go to these websites for further information: goimpulse.com, activator.com and bruechiropractic.com.

There is more to chiropractic than the treatment of back and neck pain.

Many chiropractors have advanced training in nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, rehabilitation and disease prevention. In the state of Arizona chiropractors may also qualify for licenses in acupuncture and physical therapy. Chiropractors will refer you to a medical provider if your problem is not within their scope of practice.

Chiropractic care is unique.

Compared to family medical doctors and physical therapists, a chiropractor has significantly more training and experience in the treatment of back and neck pain. The biggest difference between all other forms of medical treatment and chiropractic is this: A chiropractor is the only health care provider that specializes in spinal adjustments to correct spinal misalignment. In a matter of a fraction of a second, a chiropractor can re-align vertebrae and restore spinal function; a process that can give relief for hours, days, months and even years.

Chiropractic care is the safest, the most conservative, and the most effective way to relieve back and neck pain.

Dr. Craig Brue is an author, lecturer and chiropractic provider in SaddleBrooke, AZ.