Posted by: Dr. Paul Zemella - Santa Barbara Chiropractor | August 6, 2011

How Chiropractic Services Be Beneficial To You

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts that is concerned with a natural, drugeless approach to healing, as well as in the prevention of disease. It’s core focus is the relationship between the nervous system, muscles and bones of the body and how they directly impact all of the bodies functions. A practitioner of chiropractic is referred to as Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), Chiropractic Physician or Chiropractor.

The primary focus of the profession is the spinal column; however, all other joints, muscles and soft tissue structures may be treated.

Insurance companies have long since accepted the value of chiropractic care and include the treatment in most of it’s plans. Some plans however have limitations or exclusions applicable to chiropractic as well as other health providers. Please check your specific benefit plan descriptions for details.

As an example: Aetna considers chiropractic services medically necessary when all of the following criteria are met:

The member has a neuromusculoskeletal disorder; and
The medical necessity for treatment is clearly documented; and
Improvement is documented within the initial 2 weeks of chiropractic care.
If no improvement is documented within the initial 2 weeks, additional chiropractic treatment is considered not medically necessary unless the chiropractic treatment is modified.
If no improvement is documented within 30 days despite modification of chiropractic treatment, continued chiropractic treatment is considered not medically necessary.
Once the maximum therapeutic benefit has been achieved, continuing chiropractic care is considered not medically necessary.
Chiropractic manipulation in asymptomatic persons or in persons without an identifiable clinical condition is considered not medically necessary.
Chiropractic care in persons, whose condition is neither regressing nor improving, is considered not medically necessary.

All states require that a chiropractor be a graduate of an accredited chiropractic college. Chiropractic is a four year study, and in most states a Bachelor of Science is encouraged before application to the chiropractic college. The qualities of a good chiropractor, like any doctor, is someone who listens to patients as they describe their condition. After the consultation, and examination an appropriate treatment program is suggested that is specific to that patent’s health concerns. In addition to these criteria, a chiropractor should communicate openly with patients, answering their questions, and allaying any fears the patient may have concerning their health problem.

The normal protocol with a new patient is that the chiropractor will conduct a consultation, followed with an examination of the spine or any other area of concern. If the chiropractor accepts the patient and begins treatment he will usually focus on correcting any vertebra in the spine that might be misaligned in order to relieve any nerve pressure. This is usually a painless process, and patients are most often pleasantly surprised that relief from their pain was provided in such a simple, natural, drug free manner. To assist in the treatment of the problem the chiropractor might use additional therapy, such as ultrasound, heat and cold therapy, or massage.

The chiropractic is the original “holistic” doctor, they have always considered the treatment of a patient to include diet, lifestyle choices, exercise, nutrition, vitamins, as well as advising against lifestyle choices that can adversely affect a patent’s health, such as smoking, poor posture, or lack of proper exercise and stretching.

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