The Scope of Chiropractic in Healthcare in Waukee

The scope of Chiropractic in Healthcare in Waukee

Chiropractic Waukee IA Open Book

Have you ever considered chiropractic care in Waukee? Chiropractic is a philosophy, science, and an art. In general, chiropractic is a holistic form of healthcare where we look at the body as a whole rather than limiting our view to a specific region or issue. Every single part of your body is controlled by the nervous system. The brain communicates with the body via nerves. When there is a misalignment in the spine, there will most certainly be an issue with that communication.

One major principle to chiropractic is that every person’s body possesses an “innate intelligence”. A natural ability to be self-healing. Innate intelligence however relies on our body’s physical structure to function and a misalignment hinders this ability. Therefore, when a chiropractor provides an adjustment to the spine or extremities, the goal is to help correct issues in this communication so that a person can have a maximum expression of their innate intelligence.

The Process in Waukee

To begin this process, a chiropractor must first perform an examination to determine what areas of the spine are undergoing stress.

Stressors that impact the spine are often referred to as the 3 T’s:

  • Thoughts
  • Traumas
  • Toxins

Psychological issues can increase cortisol levels impacting your body’s health. Physical traumas can cause damage to joints, tendons, ligaments, and more. Chemicals from drinks, foods or other sources can cause inflammation harming our bodies as well. When your chiropractor examines you, they should be learning about your lifestyle to truly understand what external factors are impacting your health. Chiropractic is after all a holistic form of healthcare and therefore looks at your body as a whole rather than narrowing its focus to an individual part.

After proper testing and observation, a diagnosis is made. Treatments are then initiated using a customized care plan based on your spine’s specific needs. The “art” of chiropractic is dependent on the chiropractor. This is simply the way the doctor chooses to adjust. There are numerous different techniques a chiropractor can utilize when adjusting. One major difference between chiropractic and physiotherapy or osteopathy is the specificity involved when moving these spinal segments. Instead of manipulating an entire region, chiropractors move one segment at a time in one specific direction.

Chiropractic Scope

Each state in the US has a chiropractic practice act that simplifies the complex description of chiropractic care and demonstrates the range for the scope of chiropractic practice in that state’s health care.

Chiropractic’s scope in health care typically addresses 2 distinct areas: treatment and diagnosis. In the larger statutes, a chiropractor is allowed to make use of any technique of diagnosis that is learned during the chiropractic colleges. Ultimately, chiropractors treat nerve pressure as a result of misalignments in the spine - otherwise known as a subluxation. Conditions involving the neurological, muscular, and skeletal systems often benefit from chiropractic care.

Some common conditions include

  • herniated or degenerated intervertebral discs
  • joint dysfunction
  • fibromyalgia
  • sciatica
  • scoliosis
  • temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • tennis elbow
  • numbness
  • muscle weakness
  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • headaches/migraines

Many chiropractors incorporate nutritional services, acupuncture, physical therapy, cupping, and other alternative medicine practices into their offices. Most people see a chiropractor for pain relief initially and then later for maintenance care. If a patient presents with an issue that is beyond a chiropractic scope of practice, the chiropractor will refer you to see the appropriate specialist or to consult with your primary care provider.

At Meier Family Chiropractic our team can assist with any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact us today!


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Meier Family Chiropractic

440 Laurel Street #1
Waukee, IA 50263

(515) 999-5987