What is Chiropractic?

What is Chiropractic?

At Elite Sports and Spine Chiropractic our focus is on optimizing your performance and potential by restoring or enhancing the body’s function.  Our chiropractors treat weekend warriors, athletes, workforce injuries, auto accident and personal injuries.  At the end of the day, we have one goal in mind: return our patients to their daily routine as quickly and safely as possible.

In conversation with our patients we often find that many patients have never sought out chiropractic services prior to their initial visit. Therefore, we often get asked the question, ‘What is chiropractic?’ and ‘How can chiropractic help me?’


Chiropractic is effective for more than just spine related complaints.

Traditionally, chiropractic services were founded on treating spinal dysfunction only. As the profession has developed, specialized chiropractic services have developed as well. Treatment of extremity related complaints including shoulder pain, wrist/hand pain, foot/ankle pain, knee pain, hip pain (and more!) are daily occurrences. Full orthopedic and neurological evaluations are conducted to ensure the chiropractor can safely treat your current issues. In fact, advanced diagnostic imaging can be ordered by your chiropractor, too! These include MRI, CT, ultrasound, xray, etc.


What credentials are required by chiropractors in order to treat patients?

Naturally, after knowing the answer to “what is chiropractic?”, you’d want to know more about the credentialing process for your chiropractic provider.  Here are the details: To begin with, all chiropractors are required to obtain a 4-year bachelors degree in a related life or human science field. Following this, a rigorous 10-semester program that consists of a minimum of 4,200 hours of laboratory, class time and clinical hands-on internship.  All chiropractors are required to sit for a national board examination, held by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). The board exams consist of 4 parts, plus an elective physiotherapy examination.  The physiotherapy exam is elective, should this be a desire to perform in practice.  Additional certifications are elective, but encouraged at Elite Sports and Spine Chiropractic. Here’s a great post describing the board certification, Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (Physician), or CCSP®.


All chiropractors at Elite Sports and Spine Chiropractic are required to have passed all 5 parts of the national boards due to emphasis on physical and sports rehabilitative services offered at all of our office locations.


What do chiropractors treat?

Now you know the answer to “what is chiropractic?”, let’s dive into some of the common conditions our chiropractors have successfully managed: