Chiropractic care is the best treatment option for increasing numbers of people. Whether you are suffering from neck or joint pain, or simply want to increase range of motion, here is what you need to know about your local chiropractor. Chiropractor’s Education Before you ask what does a chiropractor do, your first question might be what education does your chiropractor need to acquire? Chiropractors undergo rigorous education and licensing. All chiropractic educational programs are accredited by a national governing federation. But before entering an accredited Doctor of Chiropractic program, students must take three years of university-level study. Chiropractic education requires both classroom and clinical study, focusing in on three areas: basic training in health sciences and biological sciences. Specialized training in chiropractics including theory, practice, diagnosis and application, and extensive work in clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and referral. Upon graduation the student must then pass both written and practical exams Continue reading →

If you suffer from chronic pain, you may feel like you’ve tried everything to get relief. If you don’t want to simply rely on pain medication, you could try using a TENS unit. Here’s a little information on what a TENS unit does and whether or not you’re a good candidate for using one. What TENS is and How it Works TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It works by sending electrical impulses through your skin to “short out” pain signals in your nerve endings, telling your brain to ignore your pain. It’s also believed that the units trigger your body to release its own natural pain relievers, endorphins. The electrical stimulation required to produce endorphins is fairly low, between 2-5Hz, and it can be a safe alternative to pain medication for some people. Using a TENS Machine TENS units typically consist of a small box or power source connected to small adhesive Continue reading →