Chiropractors require a minimum 7 years of education. Most complete an 4 year undergraduate degree in addition to their 4 year doctoral program. Chiropractors have been granted the title “Doctor” because their extensive education provides them with the ability to diagnose, treat and help prevent conditions and disorders related to the back, neck, pelvis, extremity joints and the effect they have on the nervous system.
The main form of treatment chiropractors deliver is called an adjustment – a non-invasive procedure consisting of a precise directed movement to help relieve pain and discomfort, and restore range of motion. Sometimes chiropractors will also use other therapies like massage, heat, laser and ultrasound. Dr. Chisholm integrates myofascial release techniques, Graston™, Activator™, Webster Technique, Shockwave, Kinesiotaping, rehabilitation exercises and stretching into her treatment plans.
A chiropractor does not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, but may make a referral to medical specialists for such treatment when appropriate.
In addition to the techniques described above, chiropractors also counsel patients regarding nutrition, lifestyle, ergonomics and exercise.