Chiropractic care is a branch of medicine pertaining to the health of the spine, nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation, manual therapy, exercise and other techniques to address the underlying conditions that are responsible for symptoms like back pain, neck pain, and chronic headaches.
Chiropractic care is generally practiced free of the use of medications or invasive therapies and treatments, however at IMed Centers, our team of medical doctors and chiropractic physicians work together to determine the best treatment for each patient. As part of their treatment, patients are encouraged to perform their home exercise protocol as prescribed and to adopt healthier lifestyles and eating habits. Patients who follow the instructions of our chiropractors often experience less muscle tightness and overall pain.
Did you know…
that the use of chiropractic can be traced back as far as 2700 B.C.? Archeologists have discovered ancient writings from China and Greece that detail the use of spinal manipulation in an effort to alleviate lower back pain. Even the great Greek physician, Hippocrates, wrote extensively about his endorsement of spinal care. Today, chiropractic care is used around the world for the treatment of various diseases and conditions of the musculoskeletal system and nervous system.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for chiropractic treatment?
The only way to know if you are a candidate for chiropractic treatment is by consulting with a Norwalk chiropractor for a complete clinical assessment. During your first appointment, your chiropractor will take a history specific to your condition as well as a complete medical history, perform a series of test including range of motion, orthopedic and neurological tests to better diagnose your condition. Once a diagnosis has been made, our chiropractic physician will meet with you to review the findings, your diagnosis, treatment options, prognosis and treatment plan. If additional information is needed, the chiropractor may request records from your primary care physician or order imaging (x-rays, MRI, CT-Scan) or lab work (blood work) as needed. Our chiropractic physicians work closely with primary care physicians, rheumatologist, physiatrist, podiatrist, orthopedist and other medical professionals to make sure you that our patients are getting the best patient-centered care.
Not all patients are candidates for chiropractic care; if that’s the case, our chiropractor will meet with our medical director to discuss other treatment options such as massage therapy or physical therapy and when appropriate we will refer the patient to the necessary specialist.
What should I expect at my Norwalk chiropractic appointment?
Like any doctor visit, you will be asked to complete paperwork about your medical history and reason for visiting the chiropractor. You may be treated to massage or electronic muscle stimulation to help your body prepare for a chiropractic adjustment. The purpose of the adjustment is to manipulate the spine, neck and other areas of the musculoskeletal frame into an optimal position. You might hear some popping and clicking during your visit, and it’s likely that you’ll experience greater mobility and less pain immediately after.
Will I need to follow any special instructions after my Norwalk chiropractic appointment?
Your chiropractor may advise you to adopt healthier habits. For example, he or she may suggest using a back support for desk work to support a healthier posture. Other recommendations may include wearing better foot support, minimizing stress and changing your normal sleep position.