Chiropractor in Joliet
Far too many people go through life dealing with recurring aches and pain. For some, it’s nagging, for others it can be debilitating. Folks go years looking for remedies or answers. We believe the best answer is one that too often gets overlooked or even mocked - chiropractic care. It’s improved the lives of millions. You can be next.
Achieve Health and Wellness treats dozens of conditions and maladies including low back pain, degenerated disc disease, migraines, headaches, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, and sciatica. We help victims of car accidents, sports injuries, and pain from spinal misalignment. Our treatment plans are geared towards your needs. They include spinal manipulations, massage therapy, postural correction, physical therapy, foot orthotics, low back bracing, knee bracing, and cold laser treatments. Our doctors want you to live your life pain-free, Achieve Health and Wellness can put you on the path to that goal.
What does a chiropractor do?
Specializing in the science of the spine, chiropractors believe much of one’s health, particularly as it relates to the nervous system, is dependent on this critical part of our body functioning at an optimal level. By performing physical alignments, or manually adjusting your spine, they can restore the mobility and integrity of the spine. This in turn, reduces pressure on other neurological tissues which can alleviate pain and discomfort in many areas of your body. Our team members are healthcare professionals, licensed by the state, trained and equipped to diagnose and treat the pain ailing you. This is accomplished not just through physical therapy, but education as well, especially the role that exercise and nutrition can play in quality of life.
Should I visit a chiropractor?
Dr. Nathan Fisher welcomes patients from all walks of life at Achieve Health and Wellness. Whether you work behind a desk, on an assembly line, or are a stay-at-home parent, if you’re being subjected to at least one of the symptoms listed below, you should reach out to us as soon as possible:
- Pain in your neck, back or knee
- Headaches and migraines
- Frozen shoulder syndrome
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Digestive issues
- Muscle aches
- Numbness and tingling
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This is not an all-inclusive list either. If not that long ago, you were in an auto accident or injured yourself during a sports or leisure activity, you should call our office too. So many health issues can be relieved with proper chiropractic care.
Wellness care and preventative action are also keys to good health and reaching one’s ideal health. Attending to issues before they become painful is always the best medicine. Consider scheduling a visit with one of our doctors just to be proactive.
Chiropractic care is not for everyone however. There are conditions we can’t treat. Chiropractors don’t treat fractures. If you believe you have a broken bone, you should go to the emergency room for treatment.
If you’re still on the fence and not sure if you would benefit from visiting a chiropractor, call us and schedule an initial consultation. After an exam, x-rays and medical review, our doctors will determine what, if any, treatment plan may be best for you.
What can I expect during my first visit?
There are so many misconceptions about what chiropractors do. We want you to be at ease when it comes to your first visit. We start with a thorough review of your medical history. There will be a questionnaire to complete that will serve as a sort of roadmap or agenda. He or she will be especially interested in any pain you’ve been having, where, and for how long. Diet, exercise, and sleeping habits will also be discussed.
Once these baseline items are documented, a physical exam will be performed. Your posture, muscle strength, and flexibility will be tested. The doctors will be checking for any joint misalignments. They’ll also test your reflexes and range of motion. It’s possible that X-rays or other imaging tests may also be ordered. The goal is to come up with a treatment plan tailored as much as possible to your specific needs.
Depending on the diagnosis, you may actually have your first adjustment during this visit. You may also wait until your second visit. For the adjustment, you’ll lay down on a padded table and the doctor manually realign your spine from this position. During the adjustment, expect to hear popping and/or cracking noises. This is normal! One of the tools the doctor may use during this treatment is a small device called an activator or arthrostim.
Don’t be ashamed if you’re a bit nervous when it comes to your first adjustment. Keep in mind chiropractors attend undergraduate school, graduate school, in addition to being state certified and licensed. They are trained in over 150 techniques, many of which are gentle and mild in nature.
So, what can you expect after your first visit? Well, we won’t lie. Some patients do experience soreness and fatigue, even headaches. Stay hydrated and that will alleviate some of this. Much like starting a new exercise regimen, your body is getting used to a new routine. The good news is that many patients also begin feeling some relief right away. Future treatments make this improvement even more obvious. Of course, if you believe you are not responding to treatment or you ever experience severe pain, weakness, or numbness, contact us immediately.
Chiropractors believe in the power of nature and the body’s ability to heal itself. They will not prescribe you medication, but rather offer alternatives such as relaxation, stimulation, hot/cold treatments, exercise and diet counseling, massages, ultrasounds, and bracing when necessary. It is a non-invasive approach focusing on spinal manipulation and better alignment.
What schooling is needed to become a chiropractor?
Like law licenses, requirements and the scope of work chiropractors are allowed to practice can vary from state to state, but chiropractors in the United States generally have to complete a 4-year undergraduate study and a 4-year program to receive their Doctor of Chiropractic degree. They also must pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners exam to obtain a state license to practice. Chiropractors study anatomy and physiology; early in their career, they are closely scrutinized and supervised, practicing making assessments and spinal adjustments. In order to keep their license active, continuing education is required.
Are chiropractic adjustments painful?
No, they certainly should not be. They are intended to be non-invasive procedures, during which a highly trained chiropractor uses their hands or a specialized device to apply force on a joint. That force, precise, quick, and controlled, is applied with the intention of realigning the joint. Most adjustments bring patients a great sense of relief. Typically, the most uncomfortable visits are the first ones with only minor discomfort or soreness. The discomfort doesn’t last though. Most patients leave the chiropractors’ office feeling better than when they walked in.
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There’s simply no reason to continue living your life in pain. Whether it’s in your neck, back, knees, or just frequent headaches, we want to see you living a healthier, more enjoyable life. Your spine and joints deserve the same level of care you would give the rest of your body. Contact Achieve Health and Wellness today. Our friendly chiropractors can prevent, diagnose, treat, and manage any neuromuscular body dysfunctions. You’ll get in-office treatment as well as exercises and home therapies that will put you on the road to comfort and better living. Call or email our friendly staff today to get started!