Chiropractic Care at Takoma Park,MD
Arlen inches through the door on hands and knees, cursing his back and swallowing his pain. “Do you have an appointment?” The woman at the front desk asks, to which the newest patient responds: “Does it look like I planned this?” After a few more exchanges, Arlen is granted permission to see the doctor and seek treatment for his back injury. Elizabeth, the chiropractor, is able to perform hands-on therapy on Arlen and relieve him of the horrible pain he was experiencing.
While this is a fictional scene from the movie “The Answer Man,” it illustrates one of the many ways chiropractors can help their patients. Additionally, this scene shows just how important chiropractic care is and how beneficial—even life-changing—it can be for those who receive it, whether you’re experiencing the same immobilizing pain or your day-to-day living is causing some mere discomfort. Whatever the case may be, it’s important that you receive treatment, get the proper realignment, and ultimately address the problem before it gets worse. This is why we offer chiropractic care at Thriveworks Takoma Park: we understand its value, and we believe it’s important for you to receive reliable access to this type of healthcare.
What Does a Chiropractor Do?
First thing’s first: what exactly does a chiropractor do? Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who specialize in spinal health and perform therapy on the body—often hands-on therapy (like in “The Answer Man”)—to accomplish the following for their patients:
- Pain alleviation
- Misalignment correction
- Improved functioning
- Injury rehabilitation
This line of work focuses on the spine as well as other joints of the body, to correct or improve issues often relating to the back, neck, and head. These healthcare providers also focus on prevention so as to prevent a serious spine-related disorder or painful joint issue from surfacing. In addition, chiropractors can…
- Perform soft-tissue therapy
- Offer lifestyle recommendations
- Give patients nutritional advice
In sum, chiropractors often work to help clients with spine irregularities or back pain, but they also offer additional services—services that could very well benefit you now or in the future.
Should I See a Chiropractor?
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), it is estimated that over 35 million Americans—adults and children—receive chiropractic care. Additionally, 95% of past-year chiropractic users reported it to be effective, and 97% said they would likely see a chiropractor again. But what were all of these people receiving treatment for? And is chiropractic care something you should explore?
As mentioned previously, chiropractors offer a broad range of services. Not only do they help with body pain and dysfunction, but they advise and guide patients in leading overall healthier lifestyles, which sometimes involves making dietary or exercise recommendations. Now, let’s delve into the ways working with a chiropractor at Thriveworks Takoma Park could help you:
1. Pain, Misalignment, and Functioning
A bulk of chiropractic care involves relieving patients of pain (in the back, neck, and head), correcting misalignment, and improving the body’s overall functioning. This is often accomplished through a technique called chiropractic adjustment, which can be summarized as a controlled force applied to a joint to restore its normal state and means of mobility.
2. Injury Rehabilitation
Many also seek a chiropractor’s help when they get injured playing sports or engaging in recreational activities. A chiropractor’s treatment can relieve you of injury-related pain, help the body to heal quicker, and also work with you to prevent similar injury in the future.
3. Soft Tissue Therapy
As I stated above, you don’t have to suffer from intense pain to find value in chiropractic care. If you are experiencing any degree of discomfort in your day-to-day life, a chiropractor can administer this treatment to help alleviate this discomfort and relieve you of the stress that may have caused it.
4. Prevention/Lifestyle Recommendations
Maybe you aren’t suffering with pain or discomfort at all—in this case, can chiropractic care benefit you? Absolutely. I briefly mentioned that chiropractors also focus on prevention: these healthcare professionals perform treatment on individuals who have yet to present any serious issues, so as to prevent them from developing down the road. Additionally, many consult chiropractors for lifestyle advice—such as dietary or exercise recommendations—to ensure they’re making healthy choices, which may be of interest and benefit to you as well.
What Does the Treatment Process Look Like?
When someone first meets with a chiropractor, the provider typically kick things off by asking the patient for a comprehensive health background, which will help them to put together a treatment plan. That being said, it’s important the patient asks some questions too. While we can guarantee you’re working with a skilled and experienced professional, you may ask questions pertaining to…
- The chiropractor’s education and licensure
- His or her areas of expertise, such as with specific conditions
- Insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs
It’s also important patients mention any medical conditions they have and share information about medications or dietary supplements they are taking. Once this initial phase is over, the patient and chiropractor will decide whether or not to carry forward with treatment. If they decide it’s a good fit, the chiropractor will then work on putting together a treatment plan to get started on as soon as possible.
Setting Up an Appointment at Thriveworks Takoma Park
If you’re experiencing pain and you’re ready to find relief, consider setting up an appointment with a chiropractor at Thriveworks Takoma Park. Not in any pain, but worried about developing issues in the future? Chiropractic care is still a viable option! Additionally, if you’re suffering from an injury, you want to prevent future injury, or would like to consult a chiropractor about your lifestyle, you could benefit greatly from receiving chiropractic care.
We are eager to help you and would love to accompany you on your journey. More importantly, we can connect you with a skilled and caring professional who can provide you with the effective treatment you seek. To schedule an appointment, simply call our office and speak to a scheduling specialist—you may see a provider as soon as 24 hours, and in any case, you’ll be one step closer to finding relief thanks to the therapeutic opportunities offered at Thriveworks Takoma Park.