- Published on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 19:29
- Written by Jackie Jones, BlackAmericaWeb.com
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More than 20 million Americans visit chiropractors annually, seeking relief from a range of aches and pains, particularly neck and back pain and headaches.
According to the American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA), chiropractics is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Chiropractors use spinal manipulation and alternative treatments, which generally are considered safe and effective for acute pain, which often results from moving furniture or getting tackled. Research has also shown chiropractics to be helpful in treating neck pain and headaches. In addition, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia may respond to the moderate pressure used both by chiropractors and practitioners of deep tissue massage, according to WebMD.
There remains, however, a major disagreement among health professionals about whether chiropractic treatment is an “essential” or “elective” medical treatment.
The American Medical Association casts a skeptical eye toward chiropractics, contending the treatment is overrated. Chiropractors say the treatment is essential to good health and that a few bad people have given their profession a bad name and that doctors fear that money will be taken out of their pockets and put into those of chiropractors.
Dr. JC Smith, a noted chiropractor and author of “The Medical War Against Chiropractors,” argues the war between doctors and chiropractors is purely because of money and that the debate could get more intense because it allows for payments for chiropractors.
Dr. Winston Kyle Carhee Jr., founder and director of Pain 2 Wellness Center in Southwest Atlanta and current president of the ABCA, organizes chiropractic service at the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, is a member of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals and routinely speaks at local schools, businesses and gyms. He is also on the advisory board of the Cam Newton Foundation, which is committed to addressing the social, emotional, educational, and physical needs of youth.
Carhee also recently became a certified personal trainer through the International Association of Fitness Science, a program taught by fitness professional and bodybuilder Lee Haney, an 8-time Mr. Olympia.
As president of ABCA, his mission is to bring more African Americans into chiropractics and expand their presence in the industry. The ABCA will participate in the 2013 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference March 6-10 in Washington D.C. to lobby for chiropractic friendly legislation.
What's good for a truck driver’s neck, back, and shoulders?
First of all proper driving posture is a must; ears over shoulders and shoulders over hips. Also, make sure you are not slouching. Sit on the lower part of you buttocks (where it meets your thigh). Also be sure not to round your shoulders (broad chest). Note Consistently Sitting in one position for longer than 2-3 hours will cause Degenerative Joint Disease or arthritis of spine. What should you do? Stretch regularly between hauls and get adjusted at least twice a week to prevent neck and shoulder problems. Make an appointment with a chiropractor today.
How do you treat foot and ankle after cellulitis for seniors?
Although, chiropractors do adjust extremity joints i.e. ankles, knees, elbows, and wrists. This might actually be outside of a chiropractor’s scope.I suggest you consult your medical doctor for this one.
I have consistent pain in the elbow area. At first, it only hurt when I moved a certain way, now it hurts all the time. I am wearing a sling at night. Very uncomfortable and it doesn't help very much.
This sounds like a classic joint misalignment problem. Chiropractors can align extremity joints and help you restore proper function of that joint. This protocol may involve physiotherapy and therapeutic exercise as well.
What can you do when you can't turn your neck to both sides?
This is called joint restriction. Joint restriction usually is a result of joint misalignment and/or joint degeneration. Both of which can be treated with joint mobilization and most importantly joint re-alignment. Again, proper therapeutic activities and physiotherapy (e-stim, hot-cold treatments, ultra-sound to muscles) may be necessary.
I stood in one of those weight loss shaking machines n now my ankle hurts. Can it be realigned?
Yes, make an appointment with your Chiropractor for an evaluation today.
I'm 42-year-old woman. The center of my lower back hurts. I don't know if it's from exercise or sleeping on my old couch all the time. It also hurts when I am driving. I'm trying to have good posture by not slouching. What else can I do?
First, you should be examined by a Chiropractor, this may require x-rays. Proper posture is a must, both during leisure and during exercise. Re-align the joint, use good posture, start supervised rehab program.
What are some pointers of things to look for when picking a chiropractor?
Check for chiropractors who are active members of their Chiropractic State Associations. This will increase the likelihood that the Chiropractor is up to date on the latest treatment protocols and state laws. Search "your state" chiropractic association in Google and look for members near you.
Can you do anything about Scoliosis?
Exercises are important and in some cases adjusting on the high side is helpful. It depends on the degree of curvature among other factors. Consult your chiropractor.
Where is the chiropractor's office located in Atlanta?
Off Exit 7 on 285 Cascade Rd. Pain 2 Wellness Center, 3915 Cascade Road, Suite 220, Atlanta, GA 30331.
Why do I pass gas during an adjustment to the back? Also, how often should you do a back adjustment?
Nerves from the lumbar control the large intestine. Also, physically displacing bowel filled with gas can cause increase pressure to the sphincter muscle then parasympathetic nerve stimulates relaxation, which equals "passing gas". How often, depends on what stage of healing you are in. 1st Phase Acute (recent) injury usually requires three or more times per week. Second and Third stages require less frequent treatment one time a week to once a month. Then maintenance should be once a month.
Is it true that toxins or gas is released as a result of adjustment?
How do you get your chiropractor to acknowledge where aches and pains are originating from when autoimmune diseases are diagnosed?
The Chiropractor should go over the cause of the pain in the chiropractic report.
My daughter slouches her back, she never sits up straight. Would going to a chiropractor help her to straighten up?
Yes, please make her an appointment today.
I just recently had a car accident. My neck and lower back are killing me and I have headaches. What can I do?
Make an appointment to see me, 404-699-0966 or your local chiropractor immediately. This could affect your healing and your case if you delay treatment.
What does the chiropractor say about rotator cuff injuries and how it can affect the nerves in the feet?
We do treat rotator cuffs with rehab, not sure about the rest of your question though.
Can the doctor help with prostate issues?
Outside of our scope, consult your MD or urologist.
I have two bulging discs. Do I have to have surgery?
Depends on your case, consult your MD or chiropractor.
I suffer with lumbar spinal stenosis and I have a right hip degenerative disease. I am 63-years-old. Can you help me?
Depends on your specific case; movement may help. Consult your local chiropractor.
Can chiropractic services be good for those with Multiple Sclerosis?
Yes, it helps the body cope with neurologic changes.
How often after an accident should you have your back adjusted continually as long as you can afford it?
Keep getting it adjusted until you are properly healed and have restored your pre-accident functionality.
Can chiropractic care be given to those with spinal stenosis?
Depends on severity and symptoms, consult your local chiropractor for consultation.
Can this type of medical care treat L4L5 compression?
Specific chiropractic treatment which may or may not include decompression (manual or mechanical) may help.
I have pain from my foot to my hip, is that arthritis?
If the pain travels from one place to another it may be neurological in nature. This may mean nerve compression. If so, then we need to find out the cause.
I have a pinched nerve and arthritis. I have had physical therapy but my neck is still bothering me. Would seeing a chiropractor help?
Yes, chiropractic doctors deal with that type of pain very well.
How often should I visit the chiropractor for routine maintenance and what happens during a visit?
I suggest maintenance care once a month. It depends on the chiropractor and how they treat you.
What advice can I give a friend who has recently started seeing a chiropractor for neck and back pain, yet, he says that it feels better when he leaves the office but the next day it feels worse.
That may be the case in the 1st-Phase of Care. Have him consult his chiropractor and seek additional therapy and or alter adjustment technique.
Can you help with Diabetes?
Chiropractors are trained in nutrition and exercise techniques which can help a patient suffering from diabetes. Consult your local chiropractor for more information on limitations.
Does having a large round butt cause misalignment?
Yes, having a large, round butt often results in an increased sacral base angle. This misalignment needs to be addressed. Chiropractic care and strengthening your core is the most likely solution. Consult your local chiropractor.
I have had a bulging disk since I was 17-years-old. Why does it hurt so badly in my right thigh?
There are usually only 5 Lumbar (l) vertebrae. Misalignment of lumbar vertebrae particularly L3-L5 can cause radiating thigh and leg pain in some cases. Consult your local chiropractor for consultation, exam, and x-ray.
Doctor, I get a pain in my lower back that makes my whole leg hurt all the way to the bottom of my foot. What can I do to stop this?
See response above.
My 18-year-old daughter is an outstanding athlete with Scoliosis with about a 3-4 inch shoulder height difference. How safe is it for her to see a Chiropractor for an alignment. Also, is it safe for her to get a massage?
Chiropractors know how to properly treat a patient with scoliosis, consult your local chiropractor for an exam and x-ray.
Why when I sleep on my back in certain beds do I wake up with back aches?
Soft beds are a problem and can cause misalignments. See TheBedBoss.com for Med-Firm use discount code CHIRO
Why don't medical doctors recommend their patients to chiropractors?
Some do. If they realized we effectively treat musculoskeletal injuries successfully without drugs or surgery and chiropractors has very high patient satisfaction ratings, they would refer more often. I always refer my patients back to Medical Doctors after every phase of treatment (once a month).
Why do people have to keep going back to the chiropractor for "adjustments"? It seems like they're not effective if you have to keep going back.
We are simply following the stages of healing. Healing is a process and is not "instant". It takes time to heal. Re-exams should be given at least once a month.