Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuro-musculo-skeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Our doctors provide caring chiropractic treatment for a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, with a focus on injuries from automobile accidents, sports injuries, on the job injuries and common “over doing it” injuries!
What conditions can Chiropractic relieve?
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Disc Problems
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Sciatica (Leg Pain)
- Shoulder Pain
- Spinal Degeneration
- TMJ Disorders (Jaw Pain)
A recent ABC News blog post reported this study:
“When it comes to neck pain the best medicine is no medicine at all according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, tracked 272 patients with recent-onset neck pain who were treated using three different methods:
- A Chiropractor
After 12 weeks the patients who used a chiropractor or exercised were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who relied on medicine.” Read Entire Article
What Consumer Reports has to say on Alternative Therapies…
(This article appeared in the September 2011 Consumer Reports Magazine)
Done anything alternative lately? If so, you have a lot of company. When we surveyed 45,601 Consumer Reports subscribers online, we found that three out of four were using some form of alternative therapy for their general health. More than 38 million adults make in excess of 300 million visits to acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and other complementary and alternative practitioners each year in the United States.
For Your Health – Back Pain and Chiropractic
Walking upright on two feet has advantages, but it also puts intense pressure on the spine, as well as on other muscles and bones. Add to this improper sitting, lifting, or reaching – and the normal wear and tear of working and playing – and you have the perfect recipe for back pain. That’s why back pain is the 2nd most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, out-numbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, some experts say, as many as 80% of us will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Clayton Hopkins has built a solid reputation for over 28 years based on the sound principle of delivering professional, high-quality health care services in his Clinics. His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in Social and Behavioral Sciences followed by a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. More Information >>
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chiropractic Care?
There’s nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It’s a natural method of health care that treats the causes of physical problems rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: With a normally functioning spine and a healthy lifestyle, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because the spinal cord, which is protected by your spine, is the main pathway of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and function throughout your body.
How often should I have a Chiropractic checkup?
Just as you need regular dental exams, you also need regular chiropractic exams. Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to manage or prevent jaw and other joint problems and maintain a healthier life.
What education do Chiropractors receive?
A chiropractor’s education includes at least six years of training in the sciences and health-care, leading to a doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree. They work to restore your health and guide you in a personalized approach to overall wellness through spinal care, exercise, good nutrition, and stress management.
What happens during my Chiropractic Exam?
Your doctor will look at your overall health to determine the best treatment for your pain. Chiropractic is an integrated approach that focuses not only on your pain but on your overall lifestyle.
To help identify the cause of your pain, you and your doctor will discuss your symptoms, any previous injuries, your family health history, and your lifestyle, including recreational and work-related physical activities, including sleep positions, posture, and levels of stress..
Physical, orthopedic, and neurological tests can help reveal the condition of your neck or spine. Static and motion palpitation tests check for stiffness, pain, muscle spasm, and restricted range of motion.
As “blueprints” of your spine, x-rays can reveal misaligned vertebrae, arthritis, fractures, or other problems. Additional tests will be done, if necessary.
Based on the examination and findings, your doctor may recommend an individualized treatment program to realign your neck and reduce your pain. If needed, your doctor will also consult with other medical specialists about your condition.
Patient Education (pdf’s)
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Back Pain & Chiropractic
- Cold and Flu Prevention
- Exercise for Seniors
- Skin Cancer Prevention
Schedule an Appointment. Call Hopkins Clinic at 727-544-3330.