You may be able to get Medicare benefits by becoming a chiropractor. Medicare Part A covers hospital insurance and emergency medical services. Chiropractic services are covered under the Part B of the plan. Medicare Part B covers additional non-medical services and labor in the course of treatment, such as X-rays and other tests. Medicare Part A doesn't cover chiropractic services.
Yes, chiropractic services are usually part of a medical regimen. However, chiropractors do not generally perform surgical procedures. They use their hands to manipulate the joints, bones, nerves, tendons and ligaments. Most of the time, this type of therapy is performed to relieve muscle pain and treat back and neck issues, but occasionally, it's used to correct misaligned vertebrae.
Sometimes, chiropractic Olympia services can include alternative remedies such as acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, exercise and even Swedish massage therapy. Acupuncture and reflexology are considering part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which also includes many techniques used to treat the body's aches and pains, as well as relaxation methods. Cold therapy, on the other hand, has been shown to be effective for treating back pain and other issues including the common cold. For this reason, chiropractors often give their patients' medications, which they might already be taking for the cold or flu, and refer them to a pharmacist or cold medicine specialist for further medications.
It's important to note that chiropractic services don't substitute medicines. If you need a prescription, see your primary care doctor first. While sometimes it's possible to have subluxation and not be aware of it, most subluxations in the spine are difficult to detect due to their location of the vertebrae. Even when a problem is found, there's usually only one solution. Either the vertebrae move out of place, or the nerves are reattached through manual manipulation.
In addition to providing treatment of the body, many chiropractors also provide manual manipulation to help with the nervous system, as well. This type of therapy is called Acrosage, and chiropractors have been found to use it in various types of spine problems, including herniated disks, osteoarthritis and spondyloysis. When performed by an experienced Olympia chiropractor, it can be very effective at helping to reduce pain, improve functioning of the muscles and decrease stiffness. Although chiropractic services were originally developed as a method of back pain relief, studies have shown that many people seek care because of musculoskeletal complaints, such as back pain, neck pain and whiplash to treat conditions other than back pain.
Some health insurance plans actually offer a discount on chiropractic services, as they recognize the value of chiropractic care for the prevention and treatment of illnesses. It is important to remember that you must meet a certain minimum requirement, such as age, in order to use this form of alternative medicine. Because there are numerous different kinds of chiropractic services, it is best to speak to your primary care physician before deciding which type of therapy is best for you. With regular office visits and proper adjustments, there should be no cause for you to continue your search for alternative medical care.