Who can benefit from Chiropractic care?

In Vietnam and most parts of Asia, people seek chiropractic care to treat and cure painful conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, knee arthritis etc. Chiropractic is the most effective treatment for most of these kinds of problems.

A common misconception about chiropractors is that they only help patients with bad backs or those who have sustained an injury. The fact of the matter is misalignments in spinal bones which interfere with the normal flow of nerve energy can affect children and adults of all ages, and occur through normal, daily activities. Left untreated can cause numerous health problems and greatly compromise overall health.

In America, most people who see a chiropractor do so on a regular basis, even if they have no pain, and enjoy a healthier life, as a result.

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

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 issued most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Chiropractic is very effective in treating most disk problems in the back and neck, and in treating people who have already had a surgery, but still have some pain or discomfort.

Is chiropractic effective?

Chiropractic Care is the most popular form of treatment for pain in the United States and Europe.

Scientific evidence proving that the chiropractic care works is overwhelming. Over the past 20 years, many controlled and independent research studies have shown again and again that chiropractic care is safe and effective for treating low back pain, neck pain, headaches and other conditions relating to the spine. Based on these scientific studies, the consensus is that chiropractic care is the treatment of choice for most spinal problems.

Is chiropractic care appropriate for pregnant women?

Research shows that anywhere from 76 – 100% of pregnant women experience low back pain. The chiropractic adjustment improves low back pain in up to 91% of pregnant patients! Quite simply, pregnant women experience huge biomechanical changes as their abdomen grows and they find they are better able to manage those changes with chiropractic care.

Studies also show that chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy result in decreased length of labor for women. Anyone who has had a baby can attest to the benefit of that! Benefits to the Baby. Because chiropractors do not use drugs, chiropractic treatment is considered the safest form of treatment for pregnant women suffering from pain.

Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?

Each of the doctors working at ACC, has had specialized training to evaluate and treat infants and children of all ages. Studies done in America and Europe show that chiropractic care not only helps children with neck, back knee and other kinds of pain, it also helps children feel less stress, study better, and improves immunity. Children who receive chiropractic treatments have less illness then children who do not.

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

At ACC, we effectively treat children of all ages, every day.

Is chiropractic care safe and effective for elderly people?

At ACC, we have patients who range from a few days old, to over 100! Our elderly patients are often the most grateful, receiving much needed relief from back and neck aches, arthritic pain, headaches, digestive problems and insomnia. Chiropractic treatment is safe for those with arthritis or low bone density and osteoporosis, and involves gentle, low force muscle and joint release.

Chiropractic care is extremely important for the maturing and elderly adult because of the dramatic changes that occur in the spine with increasing age. As we age, spinal discs, facet joints, ligaments, muscles and other spinal tissues become weaker, less hydrated, more fibrotic, and less able to withstand normal stresses. As a result, spinal pain from spinal degeneration (arthritis) becomes more prominent, tissue injury from relatively benign events occurs, and the time to heal from injuries increases.

Chiropractic for the elderly is also important in maintaining balance and coordination to help to minimize the risk of falls. Older people are at greatest risk of sustaining an injury from a fall. At least one in four older people have a fall each year. These falls can be reduced by ensuring that the spine and nervous system is functioning correctly.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Yes, chiropractic treatment is safe and effective. While any form of health treatment contains a degree of inherent risk, there is little danger in chiropractic care when administered by a licensed chiropractic practitioner.

Statistics show that patient risk is substantially lower for chiropractic because prescriptions of drugs and surgery are not used.

How is chiropractic treatment performed?

Chiropractic treatment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor (i.e. Doctor of Chiropractic) typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

How long will I need chiropractic care?

Most acute problems improve dramatically in between 2 and 4 weeks of chiropractic care. The average visit to the clinic to resolve a painful problem is around 8 visits. At ACC we emphasize long-term cure to the problem. This means that we must find out what caused the back problem, or neck problem etc. to develop, and then we must change the patents life so that the problem does not come back.

We often teach patients to exercise in specific ways to help stabilize their problem.

If a patient has a particularly stressful job, or a long term instability with his/ her spine, he/ she, might choose to receive maintenance care once a month, or once every few months.

What kind of training and education do chiropractors have?

Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. 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. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Unfortunately, in Vietnam and some other Southeast Asian countries, Non Chiropractors have started to call themselves chiropractors, and this creates a very dangerous situation, where non-qualified people are using spinal adjustments.

At ACC, we employ only chiropractors who have received the fully qualified Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

What does it mean to have “flat feet”?

The human foot normally has a combination of three arches. If these arches begin to flatten, the foot begins to fall inwardly and to rotate the knee and ankle. This can lead to degeneration of the knee joint, foot pain and back problems. Flat feet in children can be corrected in the majority of the cases, but in adults, the problem can be treated, but will usually persist for life.

What causes flat feet?

There are several comment causes to flat feet. The most common is wearing improper shoes or sandals, lacking arch support, especially during the early years of life. Poor nutrition, certain illnesses, and genetic factors can also contribute to the development of flat feet.

What is a foot orthotic?

A foot orthotic is a device that is inserted in a shoe or attached to a sandal, to correct a problem that is developing or has already developed in the foot. Orthotics are made from a large selection of materials, including carbon fiber, plastic, foam, cork and leather. The making and fitting of orthotics is a highly skilled service that can only be performed effectively by a qualified medical grade orthotics foot lab.

ACC presently has the most sophisticated foot orthotics lab in all of Asia.

Who needs foot orthotics?

A wide variety of patients, with a wide variety of foot problems can benefit from foot orthotics. As much as 70 % of Asian people and 40 % of Europeans have the disorder of flat, pronated feet that result in foot pain, knee degeneration, back problems and other painful problems.

People with diabetes often developed skin problems on their feet, and foot orthotics can help to stop these problems from developing into ulcers and infections.

Heal spurs; plantar fasciitis, and bunion are other problems that are well treated with foot orthotics.

How long do I need to wear a foot orthotic device?

Some conditions, such as plantar fasciitis etc. can be corrected with foot orthotics over several months. Most people who have on going foot issues will need to wear orthotics continuously. At ACC we pride ourselves on making the most comfortable and durable foot orthotics in the world. We are one of the only labs in the worlds to make our own carbon fiber and other composites. And for our other materials we only use the highest quality of medical grade supplest available, which we often have to import from Europe or America.

This attention to detail, along with our world class manufacturing and measuring techniques produces orthotic devices that can give many years of comfortable service.

Can I wear foot orthotics with open shoes, or high heels?

In most cases, we can manufacture orthotics that can be Velcro into a sandal or flip flop type of shoes. We also provide the service of attaching the Velcro and fitting the orthotic at no extra charge. We also make a variety of orthotics for women’s court shoes and high heel shoes, although this type of footwear is not recommended for extended use.