What is Chiropractic and what does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractic is the section of health care specializing in spinal health and well being. You can often place chiropractors in one of two categories. The first being the more “straight”, vitalistic, and innate chiropractors. And the second being the “mixed”, musculoskeletal, modern chiropractors. Although you can find chiropractors who lie in between the two sections. The main differences between chiropractors tend to lie in the foundations of the specific practitioner. For instance, some chiropractors take a more vitalistic approach, focusing solely on the spine, the vertebral subluxation complex and how those entities allow for proper functioning of the entire body as a whole. While other chiropractors focus more on specific types of individuals, diseases, dysfunctions, or systems of the body. For example, I am a sports chiropractor, so I focus on musculoskeletal type injuries and pain. I specialize solely on treating muscles, ligaments, tendons, and the joints they surround as well as the nerves that they are related to or are affecting. I don’t simply focus on spinal related injuries, but all musculoskeletal injuries, including shoulders, hips, knees etc.
What type of chiropractor am I?
I typically describe myself as a sports chiropractor. I treat musculoskeletal injuries that stem from muscular imbalances, traumatic type injuries, overuse injuries, etc. Not only do I use chiropractic adjustments (manipulations) to restore mobility within specific joints of the body, but I also use a variety of therapeutic modalities. Some of the modalities I use are electric muscle stimulation, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release technique, corrective exercise programming and other types of treatment as well. I focus on not only passive care, but guiding my patients into taking an active role in solving their problems. This allows for more permanent results and allows for patient to be less reliant on me and more reliant on themselves.
Why do people need to see a chiropractor?
Most people typically come to me to get out of pain. Whether it’s pain or dysfunction, their problem typically stems from one of three scenarios.
- They are either an individual who is in pain or dysfunction because they have an area with too much stability and they don’t have the mobility to go along with it.
- They have the mobility but don’t have the stability needed to control their movements.
- Last, more often than not they need work in both areas! I like to work through phases with my patients, first we work on mobility and getting back the proper ranges of motion that are needed to perform the activities that the patient wishes to do pain free! We do this through chiropractic adjustments and personalized stretching and mobility methods. Then we work into the stability phase. In this phase we concentrate on strengthening areas of weakness to protect the spine and control the mobility that we worked hard to gain in phase 1. Finally in phase 3, we set a full program for the patient so that they can take control and maintain the mobility and stability to remain pain free while achieving their goals!
What is a chiropractic Adjustment?
The chiropractic adjustment is a great method of not only regaining mobility between joints, but also a great way to be sure your brain and spinal cord are communicating properly with your muscles that you will be using later on! And, the muscles that we train later on will provide resiliency and protection to the spine so that it can continue to perform its job properly and effectively! The nervous system, the skeletal system and the muscular system need to work in concert with each other for optimal results, healing and overall function. This is why it doesn’t make sense to me to only provide adjustments for patients, or to only provide stretching, or to only provide strengthening. The best method is an approach centered around balancing the function of all three systems!
How to find a chiropractor near me?
To find a chiropractor near you is easy. I typically recommend asking a family member or friend that you trust for a referral. If someone you trust has found trust in a chiropractor, that is usually a good start. If you don’t know anyone who is seeing a chiropractor that they trust, simply go to google! It’s as simple as this. Go to google, type “chiropractor near me” in the search bar, and go look at the local chiropractors websites. This is the trickier part. You need to find a chiropractor who is right for you. Really look into their website to get an idea of what they do. Also, compare their websites, do they use a generic website that another company has made for them, that might not even show what they actually specialize in. Or, have they used their website to convey to you exactly who they are, what they do, and show you why you should go to them?
How to find the best chiropractor near Me?
Again, go to google! Type in “chiropractor near me” or “best chiropractor near me”. Check to see if the chiropractor has received any awards. Also, take the time to read through their reviews. Do they have a lot of good reviews? Are their reviews generic or are they made up of truly genuine material that shows that their patients truly trust them and that they received great care. Also, don’t just look at the good reviews. Take a look to see if they have bad reviews, read about why they were reviewed poorly, and also try to find out if the chiropractor tried to mend the problem. A bad review doesn’t make or break a chiropractor, sometimes things happen, but reviews should always be used as a means to make corrections and make your business better. I take my reviews to heart, I use them to motivate me and guide me in my practice. And, if I receive a review that lets me know I need to improve upon some aspect of my practice, I use that information to get better.
Most Frequently asked Questions about chiropractic
A: A referral is typically not necessary to see a Doctor of Chiropractic in Nashville, TN. However, occasionally, your insurance plan may have specific requirements. You can call your employer’s Human Resources department or your health insurance plan directly if you have any questions about his. However, most plans allow you to simply call us and schedule an appointment directly.
A: Yes. Children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children who are very active can experience injuries from falls, sports, and other traumas from activities of daily living. Chiropractic care is typically modified for the specific needs of each individual. Children are no different in this respect.
A: Yes, chiropractic care is typically included in most health insurance plans. However, each plan is different. Your out of pocket cost will be dependent on your deductible, copay, coinsurance, etc. The staff at Rush Chiropractic Center will be happy to help you when determining your cost of care as well as help you with any information related to your insurance you may have.
A: Yes. Unfortunately, a fair amount of insurance plans these days have high deductibles. This means that for some individuals, insurance will not cover any treatment until your deductible is reached. So, you may be paying the entire cost of care whether you see a doctor who is in network with your insurance plan or out of network. I would always recommend choosing your doctor based on their expertise first, and not simply because they accept your insurance.
A: Doctors of Chiropractic are educated as primary contact providers. They have an emphasis on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions and conditions of the nervous system that control the functions of the musculoskeletal system. The educational requirements of chiropractors are among the most stringent of any healthcare profession. Before entering chiropractic college, the typical individual must have a 4-year pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, physics, chemistry, organic chemistry, anatomy and physiology.
Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the individual will complete 4-5 years of professional study. During these 4-5 years, the student of chiropractic will take advanced courses in biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, neurology, spinal anatomy, clinical diagnosis, radiology, diagnostic imaging, exercise, rehabilitation and more. These courses as well as a significant amount of time in clinical training are required. In total, a minimum of 4,200 classroom hours, laboratory, and clinical experience is required. Following training, all chiropractors must pass their board exams conducted by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
A: A chiropractic adjustment is a manual procedure that is performed with highly refined skills and specific uses of force and direction to manipulate the joints of the body in order to restore proper motion and function. Beyond restoring motion and function, adjustments often help to reduce joint inflammation and pain.
A: The timeline of chiropractic treatment is directly correlated with each specific injury or condition. Some injuries require long-term treatment while some require short-term treatment. Acute, chronic, and/or preventative treatments all require different treatment protocol and duration. During your first visit with Dr. Rush, you will be aware of not only the diagnosis of your injury or condition, but also the recommended treatment plan, including timeline, treatment methods, and average healing time of the specific diagnosis.
Many people who live an active lifestyle, discover a tremendous benefit to regular chiropractic care. Not simply pain based care.
A: Same day appointments with Dr. Rush are dependent on his schedule. However, oftentimes we can accommodate same-day appointments. We always recommend calling us first, rather than walking in.
A: Rush Chiropractic Center is located in the Green Hills area of Nashville, TN. Our specific address is 4004 Hillsboro Pike, #125, Nashville, TN 37215. We are located on the second floor of the Green Hills Court directly above the Clean Eatz Cafe. There is a stair case right next to the cafe that will lead you right to us.
A: Yes. Dr. Rush treats both pre and post surgical cases. Treatment is typically modified for each specific individual. In some cases, a surgery will not completely alleviate pain. In cases like this, people often find that chiropractic care can help get rid of the residual pain that is still present post surgery.
A: Yes! For most individuals FSA and HSA is accepted.
A: Dr. Rush prides himself in his thorough examination process. Because of this, you can expect to spend 45 minutes to 1 hour in the office on the initial exam day. A typical treatment session will average anywhere from 20-35 minutes.
A: Absolutely. Dr. Rush specializes in exercise modification, programming, re-programming, and rehabilitation for his Nashville based patients. Stability and mobility exercise is a core component of our practice, so much so that Dr. Rush even provides exercise prescription for out of state patients who cannot receive care in his office.