The basic job description of a Vancouver Washington chiropractor is to diagnose as well as resolve issues of patients with health issues associated with the a number of body systems such as skeletal and nervous, especially the vertebrae or spine. The principle behind the practice states that a small spine dysfunction impacts many essential body processes.
Stressing on a holistic approach to health care, chiropractic works on a patients overall wellness and health. The practice is an alternative to medicine as it utilizes natural, non-prescription and non-surgical treatments relying on the patients ability to recuperate. Most doctors prescribe lifestyle changes to their patients or refer them to other health practitioners after consultation.
The job description sets a standard routine in taking information before treatment. Common information taken include the medical history of the patient after which, the patients should undergo physical, orthopedic, neurological and other lab tests. Because of the emphasis in the proper function of the spine, most doctors require X-rays and other similar diagnostic images.
There are cases where chiropractors adjust the vertebrae manually if problem involves musculoskeletal structures. There are different medium used for the therapy such as water, ultrasound, acupuncture, heat therapy, massage and others. Some patients are also advised to wear supports such as braces and straps. Generally, chiropractors also counsel patients about nutrition, exercise, stress management and other wellness concepts.