Are you an active individual who’s in the gym daily? Or someone who works long hard hours at your job, or perhaps you’re a busy mom who’s constantly bending over and picking up after her kids (not to mention chasing them around!), there’s a good chance that you have some sort of body pain that’s bothering you.
When most people experience pain, they typically go to the doctor where they may be given painkillers to help manage it. Some will write a prescription for physiotherapy depending on the nature of the injury.
One treatment modality you can’t afford to overlook however is chiropractic care. More and more people are seeing a chiropractor for a variety of different health reasons and are seeing excellent results from doing so.
Most people think that chiropractors are all about cracking your neck and ridding back pain. And while that is very much what they can do, they can do so much more. People see them for a wide variety of different reasons and in this article, I hope to share with you some of the main reasons so that you can get a better sense whether it may be the right care for you.
The fact of the matter is that people who are experiencing problems with their health often have issues in other areas of the body they aren’t even aware of and one thing chiropractors are very good at is looking at the body as a whole. Their primary specialty is dealing with the nervous system and since nearly everything stems from the nervous system outward, it’s a great place to start.
Additionally, the nice thing about being under chiropractic care is that it’s done entirely naturally, without the use of any drugs or medications, so if you are all about natural care and don’t want to risk the potential side effects that some medications can bring, this is definitely all the more reason to start seeing a chiropractor.
Here are some of the key areas a chiropractor can help you with.
If your back pain is related to sciatica, seeing a chiropractor should almost be considered a must. There are very few other treatment modalities that can provide the degree of healing and pain relief that this treatment can and with a huge success rate in treating those dealing with sciatica related problems, you simply can’t go wrong.
Other common treatments include physical therapy, which manipulates soft tissues in the body to help improve healing and reduce inflammation along with corticosteroid injections, which is a more severe medical treatment where medication is injected right into the painful site to help lower inflammation.
While both of these can offer you some improvement, they just aren’t going to give you the degree of relief that you would feel if you were getting chiropractic treatments. Often sciatica is due to bone positioning and if your back is out until it’s put back into proper alignment and the grinding that may be taking place stops, you’re going to continue to experience pain. The other treatments may take away pain briefly for a while, but it will come back once again.
Chiropractic care isn’t just for back pain either. You can also experience great relief from neck pain as well if you’re someone who’s suffering.
Neck pain may stem from a variety of different reasons and could include sleeping on your pillow funny, being rear-ended in a car crash, or simply having tense shoulders all throughout the day due to ongoing stressors in your life.
In one study1, patients who were experiencing neck pain were put into a study where they either received manual therapy, physiotherapy, or were seen by a general practitioner (who gave them drugs and education on how they could prevent neck pain) and those patients noted a much higher recovery rate and reduction in pain when they were seen by the chiropractor.
Additionally, for those who claim that seeing a chiropractor is very expensive, the costs associated with the treatment were actually far lower for the chiropractor than for the physiotherapist or the medication they were put on.
For some people, it may only take one or two sessions with a chiropractor and then a bit of relaxation afterward to help remedy the neck pain you’re experiencing and help get you back on your feet.
Migraine And Tension Headaches
If you’re someone who regularly suffers from migraines or tension headaches, this is something you’d definitely like to do without. Migraines especially can be completely debilitating and take you away from your day-to-day life. Most people who suffer from a migraine need to shut themselves up in a room and not come out for many hours until they are starting to feel better.
The cause of migraine headaches is not entirely known, so it’s hard to say what the best preventative strategy is. For some people, avoiding stress is key. For others, it may be following a certain diet plan.
But one thing that does seem to be certain is that getting chiropractic care can help to lessen the number of attacks and reduce their severity. In one study2 done on a group of individuals seeking treatment for their headaches, it was noted that 22% of those who had chiropractic care saw their attack frequency decrease by 90% and about 49% said they had reduced pain levels associated with the headaches when they did have an attack.
While this type of care may not make a difference for everyone, it’s definitely quite clear that many people can benefit greatly from including chiropractic care in their routine.
Colic In Babies
If you’re a new parent and it seems that your baby never stops crying, without a doubt you are looking for a solution to help sooth their tiny soul. While some crying for babies is normal, there are some that are just overly upset and tend to be more cranky than others, crying for hours and hours at a time.
When this is the case, it can be very hard on the parents and lead them to fits of rage even, where they need to leave their child with someone else for a short period of time as they just can’t handle it any longer and need to cool off.
No one said parenting was easy! If your child is experiencing colic, the good news is that there are things that can help. While at this age they are unable to tell you what’s bothering them, so much of it is a guessing game, it does appear that they can find relief from getting chiropractic adjustments3.
Many people would not think of getting chiropractic adjustments for a small baby, but the fact of the matter is that sometimes, this is just what they need. When done by a qualified chiropractic specialist, it’s not only safe for baby but very beneficial for his or her health.
With babies, there is no option in most cases of giving them medications to help sooth them or calm them down, so you must rely on alternative methods and for any parent who is screaming out for help themselves, it may be time to see a chiropractor.
Help With Neurological Conditions
Another benefit you can reap from getting chiropractic care is with certain neurological conditions you may be facing. There is some evidence that shows that MRI scans that are done after a patient has a chiropractic adjustment show that the level of cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow are increased after a chiropractic adjustment takes place, showing that this may be advantageous to those who are dealing with brain-based conditions.
While much research still needs to be done in this area to determine clear associations between the two and whether chiropractic care could be a viable long-term treatment option for some of these patients, it definitely does seem from initial research that the benefits could be quite promising.
Likewise, one study4 has noted that when epileptic patients were treated to chiropractic care, many noted improvements in their seizure rate and also saw improvements in their overall well-being. So this could be yet another reason to consider this form of treatment if you are dealing with brain-related conditions.
Assistance With Blood Pressure Control
If you’re dealing with high blood pressure levels, you’ve likely be given the advice of your doctor to make some changes to your diet an and exercise program. Blood pressure is very influenced by these two factors so the good news is that you can have a great deal of control over this reading.
This is excellent news because your blood pressure level is also a key determinant for many diseases and conditions including heart disease and stroke.
It appears5 that another thing that can help you better manage your blood pressure level is chiropractic treatments. One study noted that when patients had just one upper cervical chiropractic adjustment, they were able to notice a similar reduction in blood pressure as others noted after taking two different blood pressure-lowering drugs. And what’s more is that this effect was long-lasting, providing relief from high blood pressure for over six months.
So this isn’t even something that you need to maintain on a weekly basis in order to keep reaping the benefits. You can go for your adjustment once or twice a year and start seeing improvements in your numbers and a lowered overall risk for suffering from this condition.
This holds promising hope for those who are dealing with high blood pressure especially because this is all done without the use of any medications. Medications often come with unwanted side effects so the more you can do without them, the better off you’ll be.
Potential Prevention of Surgery
If you take a long-term approach to chiropractic care and aren’t just seeking out treatment when you feel you ‘need’ it, but rather, going for a preventative approach, you may just find that chiropractic adjustments could help you prevent surgery down the road.
As you get older, your skeletal system is more prone to problems and when people in advanced age happen to fall, if weak, it’s quite easy for them to break a hip or throw a shoulder out of alignment.
The stronger your skeletal system is and the more it’s been held together through chiropractic adjustments, the lower your risk factor for this will be.
It’s important to remember that many health-related things that happen in life are the result of a day in, day out behavior pattern. You may think that you’re fine and healthy now, but small things you are doing that aren’t the healthiest of choices could be adding up.
When you see a chiropractor on a regular basis, they can catch things in the early stages. Perhaps your shoulder is starting to show signs of excess wear due to your upper spine not being properly aligned. No problem. They can fix that misalignment and help ease that grinding you may be feeling, getting you back on track. This could then prevent a lot of pain and discomfort down the road and potentially even help you avoid unwanted surgeries if it was left long enough and got to a point where it was really starting to impact your life and not healing as it should.
Improved Recovery And Performance
Finally, if you’re an athlete who’s training hard and looking to stay on top of recovery and prevent injury, you might come to consider chiropractic care an absolute must.
Back pain is all too common in athletics and can completely take you out of the game. If you are regularly getting your spine adjusted and making sure that everything is in good alignment, not only can this help you avoid back pain, but it may also help you avoid unwanted injuries elsewhere as well as so many stems from the back.
What people often fail to realize is that the knee pain they are having could actually be due to not an issue with their knee, but a problem in the alignment of their hips and until that’s fixed they won’t able to find relief.
So here again, maintenance is key.
Hopefully, now you have a better sense of all the many ways that chiropractic care can benefit you. For anyone who wants to improve their health and possibly prevent injury down the road, it’s a great thing to be considered.
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly does a chiropractor do?
A chiropractor is a health care professional who treats a number of different neuromuscular disorders. They specialize in working with the spinal column and CNS, however since most issues stem from these two regions, they are also able to treat a wide variety of health ailments.
Is it safe to go see a chiropractor?
For most people, it is completely safe to see a chiropractor provided you are going to a certified individual. Make sure that they are a professional who has been through the proper schooling necessary to make adjustments. Pregnant women or women who are nursing are advised to speak to their doctor first before seeking their care.
Will seeing a chiropractor hurt?
Typically seeing a chiropractor should not hurt. You may feel some slight discomfort when you are being manipulated but it’s more a feeling of pressure than it is of pain.
Does chiropractic really work?
For a wide variety of things, yes. But you do need to keep in mind that in order to see results, it’s important to follow the right treatment frequency that is prescribed by your chiropractor and ensure that you are also telling them everything you can about your health condition.
Will a chiropractor help my posture?
While they can help position your spine in better alignment, which can then help your posture, do realize that on their own, they will not fix poor posture and this is typically something that you do need to do on your own through conscious awareness and strengthening exercises performed on a regular basis.
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4. Pistolese, Richard A. “Epilepsy and seizure disorders: a review of literature relative to chiropractic care of children.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics 24.3 (2001): 199-205.5. https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20070316/chiropractic-cuts-blood