Interview – The Chiropractic Benefits
I’ve been through some chiropractic treatments while living in Brazil. Having to stand up for many hours, work with repetitive movements and having a TOTALLY wrong posture (judge me); adding my
calm, I mean stressed personality, wasn’t that easy!
I’m biased to say, but I believe a treatment can change your life! To explain a little about chiropractic, I invited my dear friend and doctor, Ana Facchinato! To find out who she is, I’ve shorten up her resume!
Dr. Facchinato made part of the first undergraduate course in Latin America at the Anhembi Morumbi University / Laureate International Universities and has worked for 12 years as coordinator and teacher! She has a Masters in Health Sciences, specialized in Pediatric Chiropractic and was invited to participate in several lectures around the world! A few years ago, she moved to the US and works as coordinator of the clinical internship department at Southern California University of Health Science.
As you can see, she has a lot of experience and more than I could name here! I’m so glad she agreed to participate! So, let’s get to it…
HIAL – What Is Chiropractic?
DR. FACCHINATO – The official definition of chiropractic – according to the World Federation of Chiropractic and the WHO – is a profession dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal system. It also takes care of the effects of these dysfunctions on the normal function of the nervous system and on health in general.
With that, he’s responsible for evaluating and treating changes, especially in the spine and that may interfere with the general health of each person. For example, many people may have leg pain that originates from the spine. Others might have breathing problems that may be affected by the spine.
HIAL – Some people think chiropractic is the same as physiotherapy or massage? Are they alike?
DR. FACCHINATO – Although they are similar, they are very different. I like to say that it’s like confusing an architect with an engineer. They do similar things, but quite different! Physiotherapists are able to treat patients with respiratory problems; act on neurological rehabilitation and also deal with musculoskeletal problems.
In the other hand, a chiropractor works with the diagnosis and treatment of joint alterations, mainly of the spine and it’s relation with the nervous system. Thus, the specific way in which he explores, knows, and treats these problems, demonstrates the benefits that the treatment gives to patients.
HIAL – Many massage therapist ‘crack backs’. Can they do that?
DR. FACCHINATO – Massage therapy is a type of specific manual therapy for the treatment of soft tissue alterations (muscles, tendons and fascias). It performes through general procedures in the body and aims the person’s well-being. So not only a massage therapist, but any person or professional who doesn’t have proper training in spine and joints, SHOULD NOT crack your back.
I often say ‘cracking’ someone’s back is ‘easy’! If you lay down and push your back, you invariably will hear a clicking sound. Now, knowing how, when, where, and especially when not to adjust a joint is the difficult part. In fact, the most important thing is that only qualified professional’s should do it.
HIAL – Can it work in integration with physiotherapy?
DR. FACCHINATO – Absolutely! We call this inter professional work and I believe that all clinics should have this concept: several professionals working together for the patient’s well-being! Chiropractic and physiotherapy are professions that complement each other. In the US, during the university, chiropractors are trained in rehabilitation and therapeutic modalities such as electrotherapy too.
HIAL – I had a muscle spasm due to stress before moving to Finland and chiropractic was crucial in my treatment. In what types of treatments is it indicated?
DR. FACCHINATO – Chiropractic has a greater focus on the spine, but can treat many other conditions. The main ones are: back pain, torticollis, herniated disc, sciatica, scoliosis, low back pain in pregnancy, headache and migraine; shoulder pain (tendinitis, bursitis, arthrosis), knee and foot pain; TMJ problems.
There are others’ that don’t originate from the spine, but may also have a very favorable response to chiropractic treatment. These are fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, colic in babies, asthma, bronchitis and many more!
HIAL – Can everyone be treated? Is there any contraindication?
DR. FACCHINATO – Chiropractors can evaluate from infants to elderly people and pregnant women. The treatment will depend on each patient condition. However, everyone can benefit from a treatment. Even though, there are contraindications, chiropractors are able to analyze each case and discern which of them should be treated by chiropractic and which should be referred to other specialists.
HIAL – How popular is chiropractic in the US and / or the world? Is it a regulated practice?
DR. FACCHINATO – In the US, chiropractic is regulated. However, every state (as all other things) has different laws about what a chiropractor can or cannot do. Talking worldwide, the profession is regulated in some countries, but not in all. In this link you have more information of the countries where the profession is regulated, in the process of regulation or not regulated!
HIAL – For those who want to know more about the course and become a chiropractic, where can they find information?
DR. FACCHINATO – There are a few websites where people can find more information depending where in the world they are. For Latin America, they have FLAQ (Federación Latino Americana de Quiropraxia); for the US, there is the American Chiropractic Association; and for Brazil, they have ABQ (Associação Brasileira de Quiropraxia). Talking worldwide, there’s the WFC (World Federation of Chiropractic) and for those of you in Finland, there is the Finnish Chiropractic Union! You can still find national associations of chiropractic around the world in this link.
HIAL – How do we find a trusted professional to do an evaluation?
DR. FACCHINATO – Most local associations websites have a list of graduated professionals. Check this link to find one in your area.
Dr. Facchinato still runs a clinic in São Paulo, Brazil, with competent professionals working at it and goes periodically to Brazil to treat her patients! If anytime you’re down there and need an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact them! You can also find more information about her (in portuguese) on Facebook and Instagram!
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Thank you, Ana! ♥
Cover photo: Bluestone Chiropractic