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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!