Chiropractic care is a popular form of alternative medicine that helps patients overcome problems like back pain, joint inflammation, neck injury, and workplace injury. Whether you're recovering from a recent car accident, were injured on the job, have a sports-related injury, or are just experiencing normal wear and tear, chiropractic care can help you recover. With some understanding of chiropractic care and how it works, you can decide for yourself whether chiropractic treatment is right for you.
Chiropractic Care Basics
Chiropractic care is the treatment of ailments, illnesses, and injuries through natural, non-invasive techniques like spinal manipulation, nutritional counseling, stretches, and exercises. Chiropractors are most often called upon to treat injuries and conditions involving the spine and joints, though they can be asked to treat anything from migraines and tension headaches to stress and anxiety.
What Happens During Sessions With the Chiropractor
Chiropractors are most concerned about the way that the spine and nervous system interact with one another. During examinations, chiropractors look for motion restrictions in the spine and other joints of the body which may cause altered movement patterns. You may have heard them called "subluxations." This term is often used in place of “joint restriction” but they are the same. Joint restrictions may cause the nervous system to fire in an alternate pattern, causing pain, inflammation, chronic conditions, and even illness. They are often a source of acute and chronic pain.
To search for subluxations or motion restrictions, the chiropractor performs a physical examination. Some chiropractors take X-rays, others perform the examination by touching the back, testing ranges of motion, and doing various orthopedic tests in addition to asking questions and considering the patient's physical symptoms.
After assessment, the chiropractor usually performs various techniques to correct the motion restrictions and altered movement patterns. Spinal manipulation is sometimes performed to subtly change the orientation of the vertebrae. Typically, patients do not find manipulation of the spine painful, though many report feeling pressure while the manipulation is being performed.
Where appropriate, the chiropractor may ask the patient to do some stretches and exercises. Stretches and exercises help the patient loosen and strengthen the muscles and improve mobility. Stretches and exercises are an important part of maintaining overall health and the chiropractic experience, especially for patients recovering from recent injuries.
Many chiropractors work with nutrition experts to provide expert advice to patients. Proper nutrition and diet information helps patients control their weight and reduce inflammation.
What Ailments and Issues Chiropractic Care Treats
Traditionally, chiropractic care has been used to treat back injury and back pain, but chiropractic care can help with a variety of conditions. Chiropractic care can boost the immune system, treat sports injuries, and may even have a positive impact on patients suffering from mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors help patients ease their pain and inflammation without the use of pain medications. Unlike pain medications, which mask the symptoms but do not treat the problem, chiropractic care helps people make a recovery. In addition, there are other benefits of chiropractic care:
- Relaxing. Many people find trips to the chiropractor to be relaxing, especially because they often leave feeling flexible and physically comfortable.
- No recovery time. Standard medical procedures, like surgery, often come with a long recovery time; chiropractic care does not.
- Safe. Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive solution to muscle pain, back pain, and injury.
- Preventative. Many people go to the chiropractor for preventative care, meaning that chiropractic care can help the patient avoid more expensive trips to their primary care doctor or specialist.
- Natural. Chiropractic care is all natural, involving no medications and relatively pain-free procedures.
When to See a Chiropractor
The decision to see a chiropractor is very personal. Some people see the chiropractor for regular wellness check ups, others come only when they're experiencing pain. The more you see the chiropractor, the easier it will be for your body to manage injuries and stay healthy.
If you're suffering from back pain, inflammation, illness, or a personal injury, now may be the time to see a chiropractor.
At Legacy Medical Centers, we help patients seeking safe, non-invasive forms of treatment for injuries and everyday problems. To find out more about how chiropractic care can help you, or to make an appointment with one of our chiropractors, contact us today.