OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Why Choose Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is effective in the treatment of lower back ailments and neck injuries and may be effective in the treatment of some headaches and other pains. Other benefits of chiropractic care include:

  • Improved muscle flexibility and joint mobility.
  • Greater feelings of relaxation and comfort.

What is Chiropractic and Who Provides It?

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

At Student Health Services, your chiropractor is a highly qualified, well-trained and experienced licensed professional. The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training. In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.

Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

How Should I Prepare and What Should I Expect from Chiropractic?

Chiropractic patients should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, preferably clothing that allows the patient to stretch. The initial visit will require approximately one hour. Follow-up visits will take about 30 minutes.

How Do I Make a Chiropractic Appointment?

Chiropractic care at OSU is available to students only, and is located at Student Health Services @ Dixon (Dixon Recreation Center). Appointments can be made by calling 541-737-7556 or by visiting the reception desk for SHS @ Dixon, just inside the west entrance. You can also schedule through the main SHS number, 541-737-9355. Appointments are made for half-hour or one-hour intervals.

There is a charge for this service. Check the Most Common Fees section of this Web site for current charges. Charges for chiropractic can be billed to your OSU student account. A medical referral is not necessary. However, check with your health care insurance provider for coverage requirements. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call in advance. All missed appointments will be charged.

 

Source: American Chiropractic Association