Chiropractic Has Specialties?

Yes it certainly does. As the chiropractic field widens in both Chattanooga, TN and across the US, it’s only natural that chiropractors here and there will branch off to focus on different segments of the population, just like mainstream doctors.

Just in case you fit into one of these population segments, we thought you’d like to know what’s available to you. Check out these specialties and see if your Chattanooga, TN chiropractor can point you in the right direction.

Pediatric Chiropractics

This one speaks for itself. Chiropractors are generally taught how to perform spinal manipulation properly on children, but if a chiropractor specifically treats children in Chattanooga, it means he is up to date on all things pediatric. He is probably part of a chiropractic pediatric guild like the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and attends seminars with other like-minded specialists to stay current on research discoveries.

Rehabilitation

Much like a physical therapist, this specialty focuses on rehabilitating damaged tissue. So it’s a combination of two worlds—muscle strengthening and re-coordination of damaged tissue so that patients fully recover from injuries. You can find out more at the American Chiropractic Association Rehab Council website.

Chiropractic Acupuncture

Since general chiropractic makes its goal to treat musculoskeletal problems, it only makes sense to combine chiropractic and acupuncture to create a chiropractor who can both crack your back and treat your tense muscles with acupuncture. Again, different councils exist to ensure these acupuncture chiropractors in Chattanooga and elsewhere stay current and well-trained, such as the Council of Chiropractic Acupuncture.

Internal Disorders

Basically, this specialty is the chiropractic version of primary care—the chiropractor diagnoses ailments and helps cure patients of things they might go to a primary care physician for. According to the ACA (American Chiropractic Association), these chiropractic specialists do blood work, hormone testing, EKGs, and more. It’s an interesting approach to consider the next time you have pink eye or mysterious symptoms.

Neurology

This specialty provides patients with a non-surgical and medication-free approach to brain and nervous system dysfunctions. Most of the time, patients see medical neurologists or neurosurgeons when a brain complaint arises, and they will receive either medication or surgery, respectively. Chiropractic offers a holistic approach to the same maladies, as you can read about in this helpful article.

Nutrition

Chiropractors certified with this specialty (quite obviously) have a deeper knowledge of how nutrition affects the body. When chiropractors are certified by the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition, they can provide you with professional guidance about your nutrition in combination with any ailments you are experiencing.

Orthopedics

Since a lot of chiropractic is determining the pattern of patients’ walking gaits, it only makes sense for chiropractors to specialize in foot maladies. Once chiropractors are certified in orthopedics, they gain legitimacy among orthopedic surgeons, so that when they discuss patients, their opinions are upheld.

Sports Chiropractic

And finally, sports chiropractic has made strong headway over the last few decades: pretty much every team in the NFL and NBL have chiropractors on staff. Chiropractors are able to prepare athletes’ bodies in order to prevent injury, and treat injuries so they heal much more quickly. Again, there are several councils in place to give chiropractors opportunities to stay current through classes and seminars, such as the ACA’s Sports Council.

Which specialist do you need?

Now that you know what specialties exist in the world of chiropractic, you might take some time to search the Chattanooga area for a specialist. For example, if you have a kid who might benefit from chiropractic, find a pediatric chiropractor instead of a general chiropractor. You can trust that this Chattanooga, TN chiropractor is specifically trained to treat children properly. And so on for every specialty we’ve talked about today.

Have you ever seen a chiropractic specialist, or at least thought about finding one? Leave a comment below and we’ll respond right away; we love hearing from our readers!

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