Wellness Center, in Eugene, Oregon. “We must complete extensive training not only on the musculoskeletal system, but also on managing various internal medical pathol- ogies such as those related to the cardio- vascular system, genitourinary conditions, obstetrics and gynecology. We also learn to perform minor surgical procedures.” Chiropractor Tom Hyland Robertson,

of Whole Chiropractic Healthcare, in Odenton, Maryland, notes, “To limit chiropractic to two categories of tra- ditional and integrative isn’t accurate. Tere are almost as many specialists among doctors of chiropractic (DC) as among medical doctors (M.D.). Tere are chiropractors that specialize in pediat- rics, veterinary, orthopedics, internal medicine, neurology, radiology and other areas. Integrative chiropractic uses as many tools as possible from the realm of each doctor’s training.”

Integrative Well-Being Te world of chiropractic is diverse and growing to meet patient needs. Many chiro- practors offer several healing modalities in-house that are geared to take whole-per- son care to an integrated harmonious level. “Research shows that patient outcomes

are far better with a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare needs,” says Herb. “Offering a variety of specialties like physical therapy, sports medicine, nutrition and natural pain relief in my practice means patients receive the care and amount of time they need. Tey are not limited by what I personally can offer or have time to provide.” Many chiropractic facilities nationwide

employ acupuncturists and therapeutic massage therapists, offering diverse treat- ment options like functional medicine and cryotherapy—ice therapy—versus tradi- tional heat therapy. Robertson provides complementary

treatments ranging from nutrition to physical therapy and yoga because he has found it is important to incorporate mul- tiple treatment philosophies, examining the same problem from different angles, saying, “Chiropractic integrates many safe modalities found to be more effective than opioids, for instance.” He notes that

early chiropractic was actually integrative, with its founder, Daniel David Palmer, promoting a healthy diet and calmer lifestyle a century ago.

Collaborative Options Progressive chiropractic now includes innovative approaches to treat the nervous system. Te cutting-edge field of func- tional (or chiropractic) neurology, which reactivates partially non-functional neural pathways, is employed in cases like concus- sions, vertigo, migraines, pain syndromes, neuropathy and attention-deficit disorders. Massage modalities, combined with

chiropractic, are widely recognized to sig- nificantly increase circulation and improve range of motion. Acupuncture, when used in conjunction with chiropractic treat- ment, enhances muscle relaxation and fosters easier adjustments. Chiropractor Kody R. Johnson, of the

Johnson Chiropractic and Holistic Health Center, in Columbia, Missouri, is board certified in acupuncture and employs dry needling to target trigger points in tight

muscles. He also specializes in functional medicine. Hormone balance, nutrition- al inadequacies, the presence of heavy metals and genetic markers for disease are all considered in determining a patient’s overall health. “Chiropractic treatment addresses

results of physical stress. Functional med- icine looks at emotional and biochemical stress,” says Johnson. “Te chiropractic paradigm is based on the premise that the body has an inborn ability to heal itself. If the only method a provider has to offer is chiropractic adjustments, then they’ll have cases where the patient’s condition doesn’t fully improve because there might be other factors at play, including nutrition- al deficiencies, toxicities and emotional stress. When we address other relevant issues, we find that patients ‘hold’ their adjustments longer.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer,

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