Imagine, debilitating pain shoots up and down your right arm. The pain starts in your back and ends in your fingers. It hurts so much that typing even one keystroke is excruciating. As you can imagine this is not good when your job requires hours a day on the computer.
You consult a chiropractor for help and after one visit, the pain is lessened. Follow up visits continue to reduce the pain.
That’s a real-life experience of one patient.
Of course, she’s not the only one who finds pain relief from chiropractic therapy.
It turns out, many conditions can be helped with chiropractic care, from the most well-known reason – back pain to seasonal allergies. The best part is, it’s drug-free and effective.
Chiropractic Therapy Naturally Benefits Problems Like These:
- Back Pain
- Neck and Shoulder Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel
- Frozen Shoulder
- Blood Pressure
- Colic (for newborns)
And much more. In fact, 27 million Americans find relief with chiropractic care.
How Does Chiropractor Therapy Work?
According to WebMD, “Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.”
Since it goes to the source, it facilitates the body healing itself naturally rather than simply treating the symptoms.
In fact, a recent study published in The Spine Journal found:
- “Nearly six out of ten patients (57 percent) experienced a reduction in chronic low back pain and a reduction in disability (78 percent) utilizing manipulation or mobilization as compared to other therapies.
- A majority (79 percent) reported that manipulation significantly reduced pain and disability, compared to other approaches such as physical therapy.” (Source)
Essentially, chiro care uses adjustments to re-align your spine. Bones and nerves are meant to be in a certain alignment in your body. Daily life like sitting hunched over a computer for hours at a time causes them to create new patterns that often causes you problems from poor posture.
Then there are traumas like falls, impacts from sports and accidents that also knock the spine out of alignment.
What Can You Expect from Chiropractic Therapy?
Much like any medical visit, the chiropractor (in our case Dr. Jeff) will take your medical history and perform a physical exam. He’ll also x-ray any problem areas you mention (for example, your neck or back.)
Then, he’ll go over his findings and make recommendations which may include specific exercises as well as a treatment plan and any complementary therapies such as massage and/or spinal decompression.
The Advantages of Chiropractic Treatment
The chief advantages of chiropractic care are its drug and surgery-free approach. By treating the source of the issue, chiropractic therapy helps the body heal naturally.
It’s also cost-effective.
The risks of chiro treatment are low.
“Fewer than one per million patient visits have a serious adverse event (AE) occur during lumbar spine manipulation.1 In fact, patients seem to be far more at risk when taking a common medication for their low back pain, like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).2
Minor adverse events, like muscle soreness and stiffness do occur shortly after a treatment in some patients.3 However, this is common and typically resolves itself within the next 24 to 48 hours.
Chiropractors pay close attention to a patient’s medical history and co-existing conditions because there are times when it is in the patient’s best interest to modify the treatment approach.” (Source: Spine Universe)
The reason why it works is because the spine is your lifeline. Your bones and nerves are connected from your brain to your baby toe and the spine is the freeway that keeps it all functioning well.
Now that you know how well chiropractic therapy can work, are you ready to schedule your visit?