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a Thought…
You may have come to the realization that Not all chiropractors are alike. 
Although they go by the same name, chiropractors today differ greatly in technique and philosophy. The traditional philosophy that chiropractic was based on has never changed, but for social acceptance, some chiropractors have.

As a result, when patients go to different chiropractors, they get different opinions, treatments and results, not to mention costs.  This can be both confusing and frustrating to a patient. Us too!

If expectations are not met, patients stop chiropractic care, and never get to experience the great results chiropractic care can give them.

TWO TYPES OF CHIROPRACTORS

There are basically two types of chiropractors Limited Scope chiropractors who work on symptoms and relief and the Full Spectrum (Traditional) chiropractors who work on subluxation and structural correction. Let’s look at the two types of chiropractors.

Outside the PFC Model

THE SYMPTOM RELIEF CHIROPRACTOR

Like the typical Physician, this type of chiropractor primarily focuses on relief of symptoms (for example, back pain neck pain, and headaches).  Manipulations are done to the spine to decompress the joints, free fixations and reduce pain.  In addition, electro therapies such as diathermy, electro stimulation, tens units and laser acupuncture are often used. Some chiros are even trying to “expand their scope of practice” to prescribe drugs. Length of treatment and frequency of adjustments are usually dictated by the patient’s symptoms, or insurance coverage. 

  • Monitoring patient’s progress by symptoms and insurance coverage, usually means shorter overall treatment time but still leaves the patient far short of correcting the cause of their problem.
  • The patient may feel better temporarily, but since the spine remains structurally misaligned, it degenerates silently and results in damage and malfunction at whatever part of the body the nerve supplies.
  • The bottoms line is that treating only symptoms still leaves the cause uncorrected.

We became chiropractors because we have a duty to serve and we truly love what we get to do each and every day! 

Within the PFC Model
THE TRADITIONAL CHIROPRACTOR

This type of chiropractor practices the traditional philosophy of chiropractic which is subluxation and structural correction of the spine. FUNCTION!  A vertebral subluxation interferes with nerve impulses. A nerve impulse is the electrical message from the brain that regulates all functions of the body and keeps us alive.

Although the traditional or Full Spectrum chiropractor wants their patients to “feel better,” the primary focus is removing the nerve interference(subluxation) and restructuring the spine to its most stable biomechanical position. This is done through a program of specific adjustments and exams to be used to stabilize and improve function.

  • The length of correction and frequency of adjustments is determined by the severity of the patient’s subluxations, structural alignment, X-ray information, SEMG and Thermography results, etc., not symptoms!
  • Symptoms may be gone long before the spine is at its maximum correction so adjustment schedules may be kept intense to allow structural correction in the shortest amount of time.
  • Patients are then closely monitored by postural patterns, X-rays, and nerve scans and examinations until the subluxations pattern are corrected and the spine is in its proper alignment and function.
  • Since subluxations are silent, and research shows they can begin at birth resulting in dysfunction and dis-ease, the traditional chiropractor recommends families to be checked, especially children.

So remember, when recommending a chiropractor, choice is based on health goals – either temporary relief or maximum correction and Wellness! If you ever need help finding the right fit for a loved one just let us know!