What do you need: a Chiropractor, or a Neurologist or a Chiropractic Clinical Neurologist (DACAN/DACNB)?
The answer is yes. And no. The real answer is: It’s personal preference.
A chiropractic clinical neurologist (DACAN/DACNB) is a member of a select group of chiropractors (DC’s) who have gone beyond general practice requirements as mandated by US law. The techniques of a DACAN/DACNB are much less invasive to the human body than drugs or surgery used by conventional medical neurologists – but the techniques are still the same of every other chiropractor out there, although chiropractic techniques vary significantly from doctor to doctor.
In theory, a chiropractor who has studied 3 extra years sounds great right? Well, it can be. But generally speaking all chiropractors have the ability to liberate the nervous system of interference – aka subluxation. So what is the benefit of 3 years of extra study? Well, I look at it as a way to further gain certainty in a profession that doesn’t require further study.
Instead, if a chiropractor goes directly from school into the profession in some way, shape, or form, will almost certainty see results and gain certainty from the results of serving people. Especially if the newly minted chiropractor goes into clinical practice to work with a doctor (DC) who has many years, if not decades, of clinical experience to draw from.
A DACAN/DACNB, like all chiropractors we refer to, specialize in the chiropractic treatment of conditions of the nervous system. A DACAN/DACNB is supposed to be something of a super-expert at treating the nervous system.
So what does this mean to you as an average human looking to optimize your life? We are so glad you asked. A chiropractor, such as Longmont's very own team at New Leaf Chiropractic, use techniques that involve an adjustment to the spine to improve the patient's overall neurologic health.
What we do is improve the relationship between the brain and the body by optimizing the systems and organs. This is done by realigning your structure - aka putting all bones in their proper place.
What the DACAN/DACNB Dr. Ted Carrick does is uses something called a GyroStim - which is a full-body gyroscope to spin the body and stimulate the entire nervous system. One person who has enjoyed, and can afford the use of this giant device is professional hockey player Sidney Crosby, who just appeared in back-to-back Stanley Cups.
But before his return to the game’s biggest stage January 1, 2011, Crosby ran head first into bad news. He received his first concussion as a professional player. Only four days later, he received another concussion. His symptoms worsened, and soon he was missing games. In fact, he did not return to action until late November -more than 11 months later. "When you get a typical injury you're given a time frame, you're gradually working towards getting back," Crosby said. "With concussions there is not generally a time frame or a span where you're feeling better. You feel like you're getting better and it can be one day and you're back to where you started. It's a frustrating injury... It's a hard one to understand unless you've gone through it."
In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Crosby talked about the help he received from Chiropractic. Only through chiropractic treatments was Crosby able to return to the ice. When asked if he had experienced any concussion symptoms since completing his treatments, he vigorously pointed out that he had not.
Even after breaking his jaw when he took a puck to the face in March, 2013, he felt no symptoms from his prior head injury. "I've had a good couple of bumps along the way," Crosby said. "Obviously getting shot in the face was a good test."
For the regular joe out there, or a young person looking to go into the neurology field the first question to ask is natural or invasive. If the answer is natural consider the chiropractic route. If you are looking to work with a small select group of people and use big device in a medical setting and still be a chiropractor, consider the 3 years of study to become a DACAN/DACNB.
If you are a client and you saw one of these professionals already, consider trying one of the other 2. If you get a choice, we prefer you try chiropractic first as it’s non-invasive, inexpensive and, well, the people who you work with are friendly and local – right here in Longmont, Colorado!