Chiropractors Are More Than Just Back Doctors
Whenever I meet someone new, the conversation usually finds its way to the question “what do you do?” When I tell them I’m a chiropractor, I typically get to hear all about their low back pain or neck pain for the next few minutes.
Admittedly, I enjoy this topic of conversation. It’s what I went to school for. Who doesn’t enjoy talking about topics that they are knowledgeable in? What I find disheartening is that I don’t usually hear about their shoulder, ankle, knee or wrist pain.
Whole Body Approach
Some people don’t realize that chiropractors are educated in more than just the spine. We believe in proper body function. That includes everything from the “toes to the nose” (lame chiropractic slogan). But really, in school we are taught how to adjust virtually every joint in the body, including the ankles, knees, wrists, elbows, shoulders, the small bones in the hands and feet and the spine.
Soft Tissue Education
Some chiropractors, me included, have even sought out additional training in order to effectively treat soft tissue injuries. We learn about treating these injuries throughout our three and a half years of chiropractic school but this area has grown rapidly in the last few years. There are many new approaches available that aren’t taught in school. So in order to learn these techniques, we need to go to seminars and take tests to become certified providers in these specific techniques.
Choosing a Good Chiropractor
Whether it is muscle, tendon or ligament, every joint has some sort of soft tissue involvement. If there is a soft tissue injury, it usually affects the corresponding joint and vice versa. That is why it is important to seek out a chiropractor when you have an injury, specifically one who specializes in the soft tissue treatments. A good chiropractor will see your body as a whole and treat the soft tissue component to your injury as well as any joints that may be affected. It’s about more than just your neck and back.