We are pleased to provide the best chiropractic care for the well-being of our patients.
At Chiropractic Center Nicolas FREY DC, we pride ourselves in providing the best chiropractic care for the well-being of our patients. Below is a sample of the different chiropractic services we offer at our San Miguel de Salinas office.
One of the best ways to find a chiropractor is to get a referral from a trusted friend, family member, colleague or other healthcare provider. You can also use the AEQ (Spanish Chiropractic Association) search tool to find a chiropractor in your area.
Chiropractors see patients of all ages, with a wide variety of health problems. They are especially known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches using their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions can affect the nervous system, which can result in referred pain and dysfunction distant from the region of injury. In addition, chiropractors offer advice to patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and work and lifestyle modification.
Chiropractic is widely recognised as one of the safest forms of non-pharmacological, non-invasive healthcare available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. However, the risks associated with chiropractic are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief after chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild discomfort, stiffness or pain, as after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or pain after spinal manipulation usually disappears within 24 hours.
Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated by precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called neck adjustment, works to improve the mobility of the neck joints, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation, when performed by a skilled and well-trained professional, such as a doctor of chiropractic, is a remarkably safe procedure.
Some reports have associated high-speed upper neck manipulation with a certain rare type of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection. However, evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often occurs spontaneously in patients who have pre-existing arterial disease. These dissections have been associated with everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming or shampooing in a hairdresser’s salon. Patients with this condition may experience neck and head pain that leads them to seek professional care at a chiropractor’s or family doctor’s office. The best evidence suggests that the incidence of arterial injuries associated with high-speed upper neck manipulation is extremely rare, approximately one to three cases per 100,000 patients receiving treatment. This is similar to the incidence of this type of stroke in the general population.
If you come to your chiropractor with upper neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic to offer you the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another healthcare professional.
When discussing the risks of any health procedure, it is important to analyse that risk in comparison to other available treatments for the same condition. In this regard, the risks of serious complications of spinal manipulation for conditions such as neck pain and headache compare very favourably with even the most conservative care options. For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain (i.e., over-the-counter or prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and prescription pain relievers) are significantly greater than those for chiropractic manipulation.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that overuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers are among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States.
Chiropractors are well-trained professionals who provide patients with safe and effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive training prepares them to identify patients with special risk factors and to ensure that those patients receive the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral to a medical specialist.
You do not need a referral to see a chiropractor.
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and suffer many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living, as well as from participating in sports. Injuries of this type can cause many symptoms, such as back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always tailored to the individual patient. In the case of children, it is very gentle.
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that uses highly refined skills developed during years of intensive chiropractic training.
The chiropractor typically uses his or her hands or an instrument to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or improve joint function. This often helps to resolve joint inflammation and reduce the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a very controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor tailors the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients usually notice positive changes in their symptoms immediately after treatment.
Chiropractors are trained as first-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. The training requirements for chiropractic physicians are the most stringent of all health professions. The typical applicant to chiropractic college has already completed nearly five years of undergraduate university studies, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related laboratory work.
Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding: four to five academic years of professional study are the norm. Chiropractors are trained in orthopaedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutritional rehabilitation and much more. Since chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulative and adjusting techniques, a significant amount of time is devoted to clinical skills training to master these important manipulative procedures. In total, the chiropractic faculty curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by the European Council of Chiropractic Education, a recognised accreditation agency in Europe. This recognises that an institution meets the eligibility criteria for Accredited status, and delivers education and training in full compliance with the ECCE Standards. The status is awarded by the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Committee of the European Council of Chiropractic Education.
The practical nature of chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor several times. To be treated by a chiropractor, the patient must visit the chiropractor’s office. In contrast, a treatment by medical doctors usually involves a pre-established plan that is carried out at home (e.g. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor can provide acute, chronic and/or preventive care, so sometimes a certain number of visits is necessary. Your chiropractor should tell you the extent of the recommended treatment and how long you can expect it to last.
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint can result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which produces a popping sound. The same happens when the knuckles “crack”. The noise is due to the change in pressure within the joint, which causes the release of gas bubbles. Discomfort is usually minimal, if not non-existent.