Chiropractic and Acupuncture Clinics Open During the pandemic
Healthcare clinics providing essential services have struggled to offer care during the pandemic. Some medical offices and other clinics shut down for a while to learn how to deal with the Covid19 virus safely. Chiropractors and acupuncturists, like a chiropractor from Acupractic Natural Healing Center at Eastowne, are healthcare professionals who offer safe, sanitary healthcare to the general public; with some additional guidelines, many of these clinics have re-opened. Clinics have face masks for patients who forget their own, and they provide hand sanitizer and restroom facilities for patient use. Practitioners run clean, sanitary offices and incorporate additional cleaning during these times of Covid19.
Coronavirus is a highly contagious, new virus that spreads quickly; not everyone who has the virus shows signs and testing is not comprehensive. The virus disproportionately affects the elderly and the weak, and each of us has a responsibility to protect these people. Young people suffer as well, and we are learning how `getting the virus` leads to negative health consequences later, even in persons who may not have shown traditional symptoms. Everyone can reduce their risk of contracting and passing on the disease by wearing masks, staying healthy, and reducing risky activities.
Persons who have been exposed to Covid19 or who are running a temperature or know they have Covid19 or other contagious diseases need to re-consider office visits. Doing so will help healthcare clinics stay open for everyone. Please let the office know in advance your status if you know so that that office can best advise you. Get tested for Covid19 if possible; many free testing sites are available without a referral. Nonetheless, many healthcare offices, including chiropractic and acupuncture, are not dedicated to treating contagious diseases such as Covid19; as such, they may not have the full-body coverings required in a hospital setting. Anyone who strongly suspects or knows they have Covid19 or other highly contagious illness needs to wait until they are not contagious before visiting these offices.
For instance, alternative medicine providers such as chiropractors and acupuncturists provide hands-on care- their diagnostics and treatments necessarily include proximity to patients. Social distancing can be challenging for this reason. Nonetheless, practitioners are doing significant things to mitigate risk in fruitful ways.
For instance, there are ways to reduce time `in-office` such as have patients complete necessary intake forms and other office paperwork online at home before coming into the office. Practitioners can review this information before the patient arrives to be ready for the visit in advance. The doctor can perform a good, focused patient exam in a relatively short amount of time in this manner. When both practitioners and patient wear face masks, wash their hands and limit exposure time, this significantly reduces risk. Additionally, everyone should be aware of coughing into the elbow as needed and use other proper hygiene techniques.
The chiropractic adjustment does not take long to perform, and patients can receive this vital healthcare component in a relatively short amount of time. A chiropractic physician’s spinal mobilization is a beneficial therapy that restores spinal health, relaxes muscles, and improves nerve flow. By its very nature, it is quick, and patients may find that their treatment time in office is amazingly short. If needed, some therapies, such as electrostimulation or massage, might take a bit longer. More time-consuming treatments performed in a well-ventilated space, disinfected between patients, helps to reduce risk significantly.
Acupuncture diagnosis and treatment can take longer than chiropractic and involve closer proximity for some practitioners who need to inspect the mouth and tongue, for instance. Nonetheless, with a bit of ingenuity and planning, licensed acupuncturists can achieve excellent results with less time and physical contact than needed in the past. The acupuncture treatment itself involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into acupuncture points, and the procedure does not require a lot of personal contacts or even time. Some massage treatments such as cupping or gua sha may have to wait, however.
Healthcare offices’ other ways to reduce the risk of spreading any disease include reducing the number of clients they see in the office every day and scheduling clients to maintain social distancing in the waiting room. Be prepared to arrive at your appointment on time to help them. Additionally, do not bring guests with you to the office. If you have questions, ask them beforehand by email or telephone if possible. You will find that the personable front office staff appreciates your efforts to keep everyone safe!
Chiropractors and Licensed Acupuncturists are well-trained healthcare practitioners who care about their patients. They understand about disease transmission and know what steps to take to mitigate risk. As states move back and forth on what stage of opening they are in, essential healthcare such as chiropractic and acupuncture remains beneficial, safe, and vital to keep people healthy and to reduce stress and pain.
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