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Chiropractic is a licensed health care profession that primarily uses manual manipulation to treat spinal and musculoskeletal problems. A chiropractor does not prescribe medication and instead relies on a variety of manual therapies, such as spinal manipulation, mobilization, and adjunctive therapies, to improve function and relieve pain.


Chiropractic doctors diagnose and treat patients whose health issues are related to the muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems of the body. Interference with these systems, according to chiropractors, can impair normal functioning, cause pain, and reduce resistance to disease. They are best known for the hands-on technique they use to correct imbalances in the skeletal system, particularly the spine.


What exactly is a Chiropractor?

Doctors of chiropractic, also known as 'chiropractors,' are experts in the spine, muscles, joints, and nervous system. Every chiropractor completes at least six to seven years of postsecondary academic and clinical training. They have been trained to evaluate, diagnose, recommend, and deliver a treatment plan that addresses issues within these systems based on your preferences. 


Courses in pain management, radiology, prescribed exercise, and rehabilitation are also part of a chiropractor's education.


Some chiropractors go on to further their academic and practical education in order to specialize in other areas. Clinical sciences and diagnostic imaging, pediatrics, rehabilitation, spinal stenosis, sports sciences, and animal chiropractic care are among the areas of specialization.


Every chiropractor is uniquely qualified to assess your condition and determine the source of your pain.


Based on the best available evidence and clinical expertise, your chiropractor will then work with you to determine the best treatment to help alleviate your pain. They will also assist in preventing a recurrence and restoring your mobility.


Chiropractors treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Joint pain caused by arthritis
  • Work and sports-related injuries


Get in touch with our Omaha chiropractors at Komp Chiropractic and Acupuncture today to learn more about how a chiropractor can benefit you. 


Chiropractic Treatments

Following an initial assessment of your condition, your chiropractor will make a diagnosis and recommend treatment options for you based on clinical expertise and the best available evidence.


Many medical conditions, including low back pain, are treated primarily with chiropractic care. An interprofessional approach is recommended by chiropractors and other health professionals for other conditions, such as pain associated with arthritis, diabetes, or osteoporosis. In these cases, your chiropractor will work with other health care providers in your circle of care to support your overall treatment. They will provide chiropractic care in collaboration with this team to alleviate your back, muscle, and joint pain.


Chiropractors employ a variety of treatments based on their patients' specific needs and preferences. Typical treatments include:


  • 'Hands-on' manual therapy
  • Soft-tissue therapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound and cold laser therapy are examples of electronic modalities.
  • Customized, therapeutic exercise programs
  • Techniques and tools for self-management (like positions for relief or coping strategies for pain)
  • Advice and education


Manual Manipulation

Manual manipulation of the vertebrae of your spine or other joints, known as an 'adjustment,' is one of the most common treatments used by a chiropractor. During an adjustment, your chiropractor will apply controlled force to your joint and guide it through a range of motion with their hands. This action improves the function of your joint by restoring its natural movement. This action restores the natural movement of your joint and improves its function.


This treatment is known as spinal manipulation therapy when applied to your spine (SMT). Manipulation is also used as an effective treatment on other joints, such as those in your wrist, ankle, or foot.


Collaborative Care in Varied Settings

Chiropractors collaborate as members of your circle of the care team. They can be found in private practice clinics, interprofessional clinics, family health teams, hospitals, patients' homes, or even as onsite support for large corporations' employees. Chiropractors work with other health care professionals to help manage your condition, whether they work in the same office or not. Physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, practitioners, registered massage therapists, midwives, and other specialists are among the other health care professionals.


Chiropractors are also involved in the larger healthcare community. A number of chiropractors work as professors, researchers, hospital board members, or as members of a sports team's health team.



Education and Licensure Practitioners

In the United States, chiropractors must hold a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree, pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exam, and be licensed by their state. Many states also require chiropractors to pass a state-specific law exam, and all states require practicing chiropractors to participate in continuing education classes.


Students must have completed at least three years of undergraduate education in order to enroll in a D.C. program in the United States, which typically takes four years to complete.


The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), which is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education as an accrediting agency, accredits institutions that award the D.C. degree. In 2017, there were 15 D.C. programs on 18 campuses that were accredited.


Chiropractic education includes classes in basic sciences like anatomy and physiology, as well as a supervised clinical experience where students learn skills like spinal assessment, adjustment techniques, and diagnosing.


Some chiropractors pursue advanced training in specialized fields such as orthopedics or pediatrics.


The scope of chiropractic practice (the types of services that chiropractors are permitted to provide) varies by state. Chiropractic care may be covered by health insurance plans, but only to a limited extent.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Komp Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Omaha, NE, at (402) 502-3878 today.