Medicine can often seem like a bewildering barrage of information and choice: With the Internet at our fingertips, every perceived ache, pain, and illness can spiral into maladies blown far out of proportion.
So how does one truly find out what ails us? By getting a proper diagnosis from properly educated health practitioners of course! If you are suffering from mysterious problems related to your joints and bones, or if you just wanted a proper deep dive into potential solutions for your issues, you may want to see a chiropractor.
In case you needed more information, this blog will list out five reasons to see a chiropractor near you!
Why should you see a chiropractor?
Before we dive in, one should understand what this health modality is all about.
Chiropractic is a medical field that specializes in the understanding and treatment of ailments that plague our musculoskeletal system. This system consists of the muscles in our body, and the skeleton underneath it all. Chiropractors are particularly good at taking care of the most important part of this system: the spine.
It is particularly vital to understand that the spine is much more than a support system for the rest of our limbs. The spine protects our central nervous system, the electrical grid that runs pretty much everything about our bodies!
Now that you understand what it is about, let’s dive into those five reasons to see a chiropractor below:
For chronic pain in the head
Headaches are such a common ailment in human life. A quick jab of pain or a low thrum that doesn’t last long is rarely a concerning condition. But what if the pain lasts much longer than a couple of days? Or what if the pain is so bad that you quickly lose all productivity due to it?
Chiropractors could find a solution to this pain using the toolkit and skills available to them. Perhaps your spine is misaligned from sitting with a poor posture for too long. Maybe you had an injury some time ago that is causing this pain. The key here is to make a visit for the right diagnosis and potential treatment.
For muscle pain
This part concerns the “musculo” part of a chiropractor’s specialization – the muscles are what move our skeleton after all, so it is no surprise that chiros would know diagnosis and treatment options for pains in our muscles.
Treatment options often involve a form of massage or long-term exercises that can increase the flexibility of the affected area, thereby reducing strain and pain.
For rehabilitation after accident or injury
Accidents can cause all kinds of kinks and breaks to our rather solid bones. These changes to our bodies’ natural state will often have long-lasting discomfort, pain, or reduced mobility, often with an unseen cause.
A chiropractor has the knowledge, experience, and quite often tools to understand what treatment method works best with your case.
To seek alternative opinions or methods of treatment
One particularly good reason why you should see a chiropractor is because they offer a (frequently) drug-free method of either regaining vitality and mobility, or at the very least for reducing pain.
These options are attractive to people who respond badly to medication or require a drug-free option for various other reasons.
For stress relief and general wellness
Chiropractic diagnosis and treatments are often considered holistic in nature: Chiropractors take the time to fully understand everything about your life even as they do their best to provide relief to the source of the pain. This analysis may provide new avenues for treatment or may generally just improve your life in ways you never thought possible.
There are anecdotal stories where a chiro’s advice on changing a pillow or bed led to such better sleep that a client’s lack of energy and bad mood went away. And no one can deny the relaxing and therapeutic effect of a great massage!
What can a chiropractor help you with?
Although I have written about several ailments that are also good reasons to see a chiropractor, let me provide a neat summary of typical things a chiropractor can help you with:
- Headaches and migraines
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Joint pain (shoulder, knee, elbow, and more!)
- Strains and sprains
- Poor posture
- Pregnancy issues
- Digestive issues
While this list is not exhaustive in any way, it does hit on the most frequently experienced problems chiropractors can help with. Some of them may even come as a surprise; who would have thought the digestion is linked to the spine? (it is)
Of course, the one thing most people think of when hearing “chiro” is the scary look and sound of a chiro adjusting a spine.
How do I know if my back needs to be adjusted?
Physical adjustment of our back (or more specifically our spine) is probably the most well-known aspect of chiropractic. It is the action of applying controlled force into joints (like the spine) to realign them back to their natural state. These misalignments may have come from injury, accidents, or long-term exposure to poor posture.
In general, if you are feeling acute or chronic pain from your back, you should get it checked out by a chiropractor sooner rather than later. Attempting to fix the problem early is certainly much more effective (and often cheaper) than doing so once the issue has set in.
The important thing to note is to NEVER attempt an adjustment on your own!
The availability of information can be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands. Finding a licensed chiropractor to at least take a look at your condition is far safer and very simple to begin.
Where to find licensed chiropractors
The good doctors are licensed chiropractic professionals who have over 37 years of experience in chiropractic. Priding themselves on constantly improving their skills and service, you are guaranteed to be in good hands no matter what condition you are experiencing!