The name of this practice comes from the Greek their, the “hand” and praxis “action”. Chiropractic accompaniment is a manual practice that consists of manipulating the musculoskeletal system, the cervical, dorsal and lumbar regions and other parts of the body to clear blockages and restore psycho-motor balance.
Chiropractic is mainly used to accompany disorders related to the neuro-musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, nervous system). It would also help to relieve some other disorders and can also be effective in preventing mechanical diseases.
How does a chiropractor work?
The chiropractic adjustment is carried out essentially with the hand, realizing a point pressure (forced or not), which is a precise, non-traumatic pulse on an osteoarticular segment. This work is done using a technique known as high-velocity low amplitude (HVLA).
The difference between chiropractic adjustment and other forms of vertebral manipulation, osteopathic for example, is the specificity of the technique, based on a pulse applied on a single segment according to a given vector.
The chiropractor may prescribe exercises to facilitate the return of the patient to normal daily activity, without hindrance or pain. Similarly, he can advise you to make an appointment with a dietician to improve your lifestyle, both in terms of your diet and your physical activity.
The chiropractor usually asks the patient to perform prior medical examinations (radio, CT scan, MRI, blood test) that he will analyze while carrying out a review of the general state of your health as well as your medical history. The practitioner then proceeds to search for the dysfunction by palpation in order to identify the zones of tension. Once the problem is identified, he proceeds to the manipulation using the appropriate technique:
Spinal manipulation – performed in case of blockage, by a single and dry blow to allow the joint to regain mobility but also to reduce pain.
Joint mobilization – the chiropractor will work the affected muscle or tendon without forcing it, by repetitive movements, rotating or straightening the joint to keep it in its original position.
Therapeutic exercises – very effective in relieving vertebral pain, as these produce the same effects as an anti-pain, and avoid relapses.
Physiotherapy – In some cases, the chiropractor may use ultrasound or the application of hot and cold to relax tense areas before or after handling to increase its benefits.
Tips – and finally, the chiropractor can advise you on your posture to adopt at work or sleep, and some precautions to take, such as how to lift heavy objects, so that the effects of the therapy are beneficial but especially to avoid you hurt again.
How much does a consultation cost?
It is possible to consult a chiropractor directly without going through your doctor as part of the coordinated care program. The price of a consultation can vary greatly from one practitioner to another. Indeed, each chiropractor working independently can establish its own fee schedule depending on the services offered. When the health professional practices on behalf of a chiropractic facility, rates are determined by the facility’s management.
The management of chiropractic
Because chiropractic is considered a non-conventional medicine, consultations and possible treatments are not supported by Social Security. The only way to get a refund of expenses related to chiropractic is through a mutual health. Depending on the guarantees provided for in a complementary health contract, the latter may indeed bear some or all of these costs. It is therefore essential to check with the mutual health insurance contract guarantees and possible reimbursements for these benefits.