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Dr. Darris GentryNov 19, 2021 12:21:46 PM4 min read

What Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is an effective treatment centered on the patient's needs.

It's a non-invasive, all-natural, hands-on treatment that focuses on your spine, muscles, joints, and nervous system.

Chiropractic care is an evidence-based health service used to diagnose issues affecting your body's movement.

A Chiropractor provides pain relief without the use of harmful pain medications or harmful surgeries.

It can also promote your overall health and well-being and improve your quality of life.

In the article below, we will learn more about chiropractic care and how it can benefit you.

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What is a Chiropractor?

A doctor of chiropractic, or chiropractor, is an expert of the spine, muscles, joints, and nervous system.

To become a chiropractor, you need at least six to seven years of post-secondary academic and clinical education.

A chiropractor is expertly trained to evaluate and diagnose injuries and then recommend and deliver a treatment plan tailored to each patient's unique needs.

A chiropractor may also take courses in radiology, pain management, prescribed exercise, rehabilitation, and physical therapy, among many others.

Many chiropractors choose to continue their education to specialize in other areas like clinical sciences and diagnostic imaging, pediatric, rehabilitation, spinal stenosis, and sports sciences.

Chiropractors are uniquely trained and qualified to evaluate your condition and identify what's causing your pain.

Based on a review of your medical history and a physical exam, your chiropractor will design a treatment plan to relieve your pain.

They can also restore your mobility and keep your condition from returning and turning into a chronic issue.


What's A Chiropractic Manipulation?

The word chiropractic comes from the Greek words cheir and praxis, meaning hands and practice.

The name itself suggests it's a hands-on therapy. Chiropractic patients should be aware of this.

Chiropractic manipulation or chiropractic adjustment is when pressure is applied to your spine or other parts of your body by a qualified chiropractor.

A chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation allows a chiropractor to adjust and correct alignment and relieve musculoskeletal pain.

Chiropractic manipulation aims to reduce pain and improve the way you move.

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Chiropractic Treatments

After your condition has been diagnosed, your chiropractor will decide what the best course of action will be to relieve you of your symptoms.

Chiropractic care is the primary treatment method for many conditions like low back pain, neck pain, and many accident injuries.

Depending on your specific needs and preferences, your chiropractor can use several different treatments, including:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Spinal manipulation and spinal adjustments
  • Soft-tissue therapies
  • Ultrasound or cold laser therapy
  • Therapeutic exercise programs
  • Lifestyle changes


Main Benefits of Chiropractic Care

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Neck Pain

Neck pain is a widespread problem, especially if you sit for hours on end, bend your neck to use a phone, or have poor posture.

Your chiropractor can ease your muscle tension by realigning your spine and easing tension in your neck muscles through spinal manipulation to improve joint function.

Studies have found that spinal manipulation is more effective than medication at treating non-specific neck pain.

Another study found that cervical spine manipulation may help decrease neck pain after just weeks of treatment.

Medical care through spinal adjustments can also restore your range of motion and your neck's overall function using manipulative therapies.


Back Pain

Chiropractic care is an excellent alternative to more invasive alternatives like surgery or injections to treat short-term or chronic pain like back pain. People with chronic low back pain and joint pain are encouraged to first seek non-medication treatments before taking medication to treat their back issues.

Over time external stressors can set a person out of proper alignment leading to issues with spinal joints.

Especially in the long term, chiropractic care is a cheaper alternative to conventional remedies for low back pain.

Research has found that people who received chiropractic care and spinal manipulations had a lower overall treatment cost.

The same study determined that treatment durations were shorter than those who had conventional medical treatment.


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Visit A Chiropractor Today

Chiropractic care is a wonderful alternative for issues with the musculoskeletal system, like back and neck pain.

No matter what symptoms you're experiencing, chiropractic care may be right for you.

Chiropractic adjustments for your spine and related areas like your neck or back can be expertly treated by experienced chiropractors with little to no risk to you.

Arrowhead Clinic has over 40 years of experience serving its communities and practicing advanced chiropractic techniques.

Arrowhead Clinic will diagnose your symptoms and design a treatment plan to keep them from returning or becoming worse.

Click the button below for your free consultation and get the treatment you deserve.


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Dr. Darris Gentry

Dr. Darris Gentry is Arrowhead Clinic’s Duluth Chiropractor. He specializes in treating accident victims as well as people suffering from chronic pain conditions. With the use of manual and hands-on spinal adjustments, he is able to help restore proper function and mobility to patients’ bodies. Dr. Gentry has been a practicing chiropractor for over 20 years. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and Life University, one of the country's top chiropractic schools. He enjoys treating patients who have back pain, neck pain, sciatica pain, and spinal trauma from all sorts of accidents. His main goal is to help his patients physically improve and reduce and manage their pain. Dr. Gentry is a motivated individual who enjoys helping others reach their goals. Healthcare, in all aspects, remains his main interest. He loves being a chiropractor and having the ability to help others. One of Dr. Gentry’s recent patients stated, “The staff is so welcoming, and Dr. Darris Gentry is amazing. He helped me throughout my treatment.” Dr. Gentry provides free, same-day consultations to all potential patients. He is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the consultation, Dr. Gentry will ask questions regarding medical history and a person’s current physical condition, and the type of symptoms they are experiencing. He takes the time to thoroughly examine and diagnose each patient’s condition before coming up with an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to their particular recovery needs.