How Do Chiropractors Learn To Give Adjustments?

Chiropractic Adjustments
Chiropractic Adjustments

Many people wonder how chiropractors learn to perform adjustments of the spine and other joints. This article will explain the training chiropractors undergo to learn how to perform adjustments.

A two-to four-year minimum education at a regular college or university followed by five academic years at a college of chiropractic is required to achieve an accredited degree as Doctor of Chiropractic. It is the “adjustment” aspect of chiropractic, however, with which you, as patients, are most familiar. Many of you also ask how chiropractors learn to perform adjustments.

The time you spend receiving an adjustment may seem relatively brief, but years of training, supervision and experience go into knowing what adjustment is indicated for a specific condition and how to administer this adjustment properly. Adjustments that are seemingly similar are not necessarily so.

In the first year at an accredited chiropractic college, along with studies in various sciences, students receive intensive education in anatomy (the study of the parts of the body) and the actual dissection of cadavers to see where body parts are located and how they function and connect and relate to one another. Also in this first year, students of chiropractic participate in supervised “palpation” classes in a laboratory with other chiropractic students and learn to “feel” different bones, muscles, spines and to generally orient themselves with those parts of the bodies on other living persons.

During the students’ second, third and fourth years, they participate in “technique” classes. Here, under supervision of chiropractic instructors, they work with other students, learning to “set up” adjusting techniques for various conditions (headaches, neck problems, lower back pain, etc.) and for various types of patients (children, the elderly, pregnant women, different body sizes, etc.). During these years, of course, there is also a full schedule of classes in various advanced sciences and in other lab work.

In the final or fifth year, at the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, from which I graduated, students work with patients who come to one of the five Chiropractic Clinics affiliated with the college. One of these is an in-patient Chiropractic Hospital. The others are spread throughout the Chicago area, and training at them provides a wide variety of experience.

At the college out-patient clinics, rounds are made with “clinicians”, who are Doctors of Chiropractic. Under the observation of these clinicians, student interns position the patient for chiropractic adjustment. If the clinician approves the positioning, the intern proceeds with the adjustment.

At the in-patient chiropractic hospital internship covers treating patients suffering with extremely severe conditions. Many of these patients stay overnight, for several days or perhaps a week, being held for observation and intensive further treatment until their conditions are improved.

Students at the hospital make “rotations” or rounds at various times in the areas of diagnosis, x-rays, physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments of all possible types.

This variety of training and procedures encompasses all phases of chiropractic care and enters into the recommended treatment a patient receives at our office.

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Helping Shoulder Problems with Chiropractic Care

Shoulder Pain
Shoulder Pain Can Be Helped With Chiropractic Care

Painful conditions of the shoulder are a common musculoskeletal complaint. Shoulder problems range from a mild ache or sharp pain when performing certain activities or can be an excruciating, ongoing suffering with use of the shoulder or even at rest. This article will discuss the different types of shoulder conditions and possible solutions through chiropractic treatment.

Shoulder conditions are the third leading musculoskeletal problem for which patients complain. Two thirds of adults experience shoulder pain at some time in their life. The most common age to experience pain of the shoulder is middle-age (40-65 years). Chronic shoulder pain (discomfort lasting more than three months) is particularly prevalent.

The shoulder is a complex joint. Along with the thumb and hip it is one of only three joints in the human body that moves in every direction. It has a number of muscles and tendons associated with it. Three bones; the scapula/wing bone, the humerous/upper arm and the clavicle/collarbone makeup the bony part of the joint. There is a bursa found in the shoulder which keeps structures from rubbing against each other. There is a fibrous capsule that surrounds and contains all the structures of the joint and produces a lubricating fluid aiding with movement of the joint. So, we can see that many architectural items are involved in the anatomy of the joint.

There are a number of conditions that affect the shoulder such as rotator cuff syndrome which is a form of muscle and tendon problem, bursitis and tendinitis which are inflammation problems, impingement syndrome which causes pain when structures rub against each other and adhesive capsulitis which causes restriction of the shoulder movement sometimes resulting in a frozen shoulder.

Another very important aspect of the shoulder is that it is associated with our neck which is also called the cervical spine. There are nerves which exit openings between the bones of the cervical spine that go to the shoulder and give messages to various shoulder muscles to help the joint move properly and freely.

Frequently I see a patient who has gone to another doctor who has examined the patient for a shoulder problem. The patient gets treated by taking medication or having an injection into the shoulder but the pain continues. As a chiropractor my training is to not only look at the shoulder but also evaluate the association between the cervical spine and the shoulder joint.

If there is a misalignment or improper movement of the bones of the cervical spine it can affect the nerves controlling the shoulder. So, in addition to treating whatever is wrong with the shoulder I also correct the coexisting problem with the neck with chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors are doctors specializing in care of the spine by using chiropractic adjustments to help correct the cause of the problem. The majority of the time this type of treatment is successful in helping in managing various shoulder conditions.

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