How Chiropractic Care Can Help You
In a time when many doctors over prescribe medication (with dangerous side effects), advocate invasive treatments, or simply treat the symptoms of a disease… chiropractic care is a stark alternative.
Chiropractors believe the body can heal itself.
Chiropractic seeks to correct the underlying causes of an issue and improve a patient’s health without drugs or surgery. It can not only treat current problems but also prevent new medical issues from occurring.
It’s a well-established field of natural health care. Many people realize the benefits of chiropractic care, especially because of the advantages it offers compared to conventional medical care. According to the American Chiropractic Association, more than 35 million people in the United States alone seek chiropractic treatment each year.
What Chiropractic Can Treat
Conditions like back pain or spinal issues might be the first thing that comes to mind with chiropractic care. But this field also treats conditions like headaches and migraines, neck pain, sciatica, arthritis and joint pain, and tinnitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and scoliosis.
Often, patients seek chiropractic treatment after a sports injury, car accident or other personal injury. After realizing an improvement in their symptoms, patients often note that they didn’t realize how bad they felt until their spinal subluxations were corrected. They find improvements with their pain symptoms, but also enjoy better sleep and an overall sense of well being. Often, clients choose to continue chiropractic care with maintenance or well visits because they realize the benefits of maintaining a healthy, subluxation-free spine. It is considered a “holistic” approach to healthcare, where a path to overall wellness is sought.
And it works.
A study from the European Spine Journal found that chiropractic adjustments had a success rate of 72% in treating sciatica. In another year-long study of patients with neck pain, those who underwent chiropractic treatment had a faster recovery than patients who received physiotherapy or care from a general practitioner doctor.
How Chiropractic Works
The term “chiropractic” is made of the Greek words kheir, “hand,” and praktikos (meaning “practical”). So essentially it means hands-on treatment. And that’s exactly what a chiropractic doctor does.
The idea is to safely and carefully adjust the area of the spine that may be affecting communication between the body and the brain. The slight misalignments of the spine that interrupt the transmission of nerve impulses are called subluxations. These are precisely what the doctor of chiropractic is trained in the detection and correction of.
Your nervous system controls just about every function in the body, including every organ, tissue, and system. Disruption of communication in the nervous system may be indicated in a variety of health problems, including those not related to the spine or spinal cord. Therefore, any issue within the nervous system can impact overall health.
By adjusting the spine, the impact on the nervous system is reduced, communication between the body and brain is restored, and specific health issues the patient is having are improved. No surgery or medication needed.
By re-aligning the spine, your body is allowed to heal and is less likely suffer future medical issues. Chiropractic treats the root cause of a health problem, not just the symptom.
A Chiropractic Treatment Plan
During a patient’s first visit, a chiropractor will take a detailed medical history and do a thorough physical examination. Close attention will be placed on the spine. X-rays may be taken to help the practitioner examine the patient’s internal structure of their spine and joints.
There are also other things that could be impacting your health that chiropractors address when treating patients, including exercise and diet, sleep, heredity, and posture and environment.
Following a tailored treatment plan, a chiropractor will make detailed and specific adjustments, especially to the spine and other joints to allow transmissions to flow through the nervous system correctly. Although adjustment of the spine is one of the most important elements in chiropractic, there are many treatment options.
Chiropractors sometimes make referral for massage, acupuncture and nutritional therapy.
Each treatment plan is personalized to the patient – so no two will look alike. But the common thread is to properly balance the nervous system and correct vertebral subluxations.
We offer Massage Therapy as an added service for our chiropractic and nutrition clients. While chiropractic care works to align the spine, massage therapy addresses the soft tissues of the body and these two modalities are very complementary. We have a massage therapist here on the 2nd and 4th Thursday afternoon of every month with 4 time slots available. Call our office at 734-726-5646 for more information.