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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural method of health care with the proven ability to relieve back pain and headaches, increase vitality, and promote well-being. Doctors of chiropractic have successfully helped millions of people recover from spine-related health problems. As a result, chiropractic has earned its place as the fastest growing and largest primary health care profession in the United States. Our Minneapolis Chiropractors are highly skilled in treating back pain, neck pain, headaches, whiplash, carpal tunnel, and sciatica pain. You’ll also find a caring staff and state-of-the-art clinic with the latest technology to effectively treat these injuries and help you make a prompt recovery.

How does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic is a lot more than a chiropractor popping your back, as you’ll discover at Strauman Youde Chiropractic in Minneapolis. One of the main causes of back pain, neck pain, and headaches is subluxation: that’s when your vertebrae are not correctly aligned and your joints can’t move as well as they should. Traumatic events such as auto accidents, work injuries, sports injuries, and emotional stress are just some of the factors that can cause subluxations. Our Minneapolis Chiropractors have specific training and advanced technology to detect subluxations and determine the best treatments.

Good health is determined by a healthy nervous system, particularly a healthy spinal column. When vertebrae become misaligned, they place pressure on the nerves exiting the spinal cord. The misalignment of a vertebra is called a chiropractic subluxation. Local symptoms of subluxations may include pain, tenderness, swelling, tingling, numbness, or spasm around the joints of the spine, back, and neck. Many times these sensations extend further into the shoulders and arms, around the rib cage, or into the hips and down the legs.

Subluxations can even lead to headaches, stomach and digestive problems, and loss of overall health. When subluxations occur, our chiropractors use specific techniques to return the vertebrae into their proper position or mobilize them so they can move freely. These techniques are called spinal manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. During an adjustment, the vertebra is freed from the misaligned position and returned to the proper position in the spinal column. Once performed, the adjustment allows your body to heal and maintain homeostasis.

Our Minneapolis chiropractors at Strauman Youde Chiropractic are highly trained in a variety of adjustment techniques. Some are done by hand; some require the use of specialized instruments. Since each patient is different, our chiropractors will choose the best techniques for your condition, and may include one or more of the following: applied pressure, drop table adjustments, decompression, electrical muscle stimulation, percussor massage, RX1 strength restoration, and manual manipulation of the vertebrae and joints (called chiropractic adjustments).

Keep in mind that you may need to return for additional adjustments before you experience complete relief from your symptoms.

How can a chiropractor help?

Our Minneapolis chiropractors at Strauman Youde Chiropractic are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of spinal conditions, which is why an increasing number of back pain sufferers are turning to us for fast, effective, and reliable care. Similarly, more and more hospitals and private practices are now working closely with doctors of chiropractic in order to ensure the best quality of care for patients who suffer from spine-related injuries and dysfunction.

The benefits of chiropractic care have also been shown to extend beyond reduction of back and neck pain. In fact, chiropractic has proven itself as useful in the reduction of headache pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, jaw pain, sciatica, and tingling in the arms and legs. The rewards of chiropractic care are numerous. And people under chiropractic care report better health and well-being.

Who should see a doctor of chiropractic?

Nerve interference can affect anyone, which is why people of all ages experience relief and improved health through chiropractic care. Our Minneapolis chiropractors at Strauman Youde Chiropractic can best determine the appropriateness of care for you or your family.

No method of health care has proven itself to be more effective than chiropractic in helping those who suffer from back and neck pain. Our chiropractors are highly qualified professionals in evaluating and caring for these, as well as many other health problems.

Is chiropractic safe?

YES. Our Chiropractic clinic in Minneapolis embraces a non-surgical, drug-free approach to health. Chiropractic is among the safest of all health care practices. Remember, chiropractic takes nothing out of the body and puts nothing in. As a result, chiropractors enjoy one of the lowest malpractice rates of all health care professionals.

How are doctors of chiropractic educated?

Doctors of chiropractic — who are licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in many nations around the world — undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. Like all primary health care providers, Doctors of Chiropractic undergo extensive education and training before becoming licensed professionals.

Students begin by fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements, with a strong emphasis on the core sciences such as chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and physics. Their education continues into the advanced clinical sciences including orthopedics, neurology, examination procedures, differential diagnosis, and X-ray interpretation. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition and public health, they receive more intensive education than their MD counterparts. 
Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. Finally, all doctors of chiropractic must pass the rigorous national board exams and state exams before entering the field.

In the entire world only 134 chiropractors have completed their 3-year post doctorate studies in Internal Disorders and Dr. Youde is one of them. The extensive training he has received, paired with his non-drug approach is what helps Dr. Youde to perform thorough diagnostic work-ups to formulate the most effective plans of care there is.

What can I expect on my first visit?

At our Minneapolis Chiropractic clinic, our goal is to provide our patients with the highest quality service possible. We want you feel at ease the moment you walk in the door. The environment of our Strauman Youde Chiropractic is state-of-the-art, yet inviting and relaxing. After filling out a few medical history forms, your initial visit will begin with a consultation. Dr. Youde will take a case history and ask about your present condition, including any back pain, neck pain, headaches, or extremity pain. He’ll also ask you about your current lifestyle, how you deal with stress, what you do for work, and so on.

Next, the doctor will perform an examination to evaluate the nature of your problem. This examination generally includes a series of basic physical tests, paying particular attention to your spine, physical structure and your posture. If necessary, Dr. Youde may recommend X-rays or diagnostic tests to obtain further information about the mechanics of your spine and the details of your condition.

After completing the analysis, Dr. Youde makes a diagnosis, answers any questions you may have, and maps out an appropriate plan of action with you, taking into consideration your health habits, stress, and activity levels. If necessary, you may be referred to another health care specialist such as a Medical Doctor, Orthopedist, Neurologist, or other Medical Specialist for further evaluation or treatment. Our doctors at our Minneapolis chiropractic clinic work with a variety of health care professionals in the best interest of our patients.

How does chiropractic correct my spinal problems?

Following consultation and examination at our Minneapolis Chiropractic clinic, Dr. Youde will design a program of care customized to your specific needs. This program is centered around the chiropractic adjustment, a method of treatment unique to chiropractic, which corrects spinal subluxations and dysfunction. The severity of the subluxation or dysfunction can vary, and there are a number of potential contributing factors that can be physical, emotional, mental, or chemical. The subluxation or dysfunction can be caused by any number of incidents, from birth trauma to an auto accident to simple repetition at work or over-use. The primary goal of an adjustment is to improve spinal alignment and motion, thereby relieving nerve irritation, pressure, and pain.

You may feel immediate improvement after a chiropractic adjustment, although most people experience gradual, progressive relief of symptoms. Since adjustments restore motion to previously locked joints, ligaments and tendons begin to stretch back to their normal length. This lengthening may cause slight muscle soreness similar to that brought on by exercise. If you experience these sensations, be assured that within days you’ll likely be enjoying the benefits of improved spinal motion with less pain that results from a healthier spine.

How much chiropractic care will I need?

Our Minneapolis Chiropractors will never over-treat patients. The number of visits you make to Strauman Youde Chiropractic depends on the nature of your condition, your injury, and your personal goals. Our chiropractors specialize in treating patients who have been in auto accidents and who suffered work injuries. Taking a holistic approach, we can also suggest ways to manage stress and make lifestyle changes that improve the quality of your life and help you heal. Many people use chiropractic as part of a preventive health care routine, scheduling chiropractic appointments on a regular basis to keep their bodies functioning at their best. It is important for you to discuss your objectives with our chiropractors in order to develop a treatment plan that works best for you.

How do auto accidents affect me?

If you have been in an auto accident you may be hurt worse than you are aware of. Strauman Youde Chiropractic in Minneapolis specializes in treating auto injuries, and we’ve helped treat thousands of Minneapolis chiropractic patients safely recover from whiplash and other auto injuries. Even if an auto is traveling as slow as 5 mph, research shows that untreated damaging effects from an accident can lead to headaches, muscle weakness, neck pain, back pain, and spinal injury.

You may also experience other symptoms like muscle stiffness, blurred vision, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, spasms, fatigue, numbness and tingling in your arms or legs, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and even memory loss. An auto injury can often result in damage of the soft tissue. It could be days or even weeks after the accident before a painful injury is evident. This slow process is because endorphins and enkephalins are being released in your body after the injury. These chemicals act as a strong “natural” painkiller that is stronger than morphine. However, they leave the body just as a prescribed painkiller wears off after time, and this is when the pain becomes most prominent.

The reason people choose the chiropractors at Strauman Youde Chiropractic for treatment of injuries sustained in auto accidents is simple – the chiropractic care we provide is exceptional in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially of the spine. Since the most common injuries associated with these events are sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, it is only natural that chiropractic be the treatment of choice.

If you are injured in an auto accident, our highly trained chiropractors will give you a thorough examination. X-rays may be used to check for any structural damage. After determining the extent of your injury, Dr. Youde will formulate a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. Strauman Youde Chiropractic routinely assesses and treats auto accident patients and will refer you to an appropriate health care provider if necessary.

Strauman Youde Chiropractic is experienced in automobile insurance and can work closely with you to assure the best service with little or no cost to you. As a part of Minnesota’s “no fault” act, your insurance is required to cover damages from an automobile accident without regard to who caused the accident. Under this act, insurances are also unable to raise your rate after such an occurrence. Seeking chiropractic care is in your hands and there are no financial burdens to do so.

Can chiropractic care help work injuries?

Medical doctors often recommend surgery for work injuries like back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. For many people though, taking time off work to recover from surgery isn't an option. What's more, many patients who do undergo surgery for back pain and carpal tunnel require revision surgery when their symptoms return a few years down the line. Chiropractic on the other hand, addresses the root of your pain to provide lasting relief. Our Minneapolis Chiropractors at Strauman Youde Chiropractic are highly specialized in assessing and treating work related injuries.

Studies show that chiropractic treatments are effective for a number of work injuries including back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injuries, sciatica, neck pain, headache, migraine, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Whether you're a manual laborer with a back injury or an office worker with neck pain, chiropractic can get you back on the job free of pain.

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