Each year, around 22 million Americans visit chiropractors. About 35 percent of these are seeking relief from back pain—a surprisingly common problem for many people in the US. That’s 7.7 million people visiting chiropractors for pain relief, particularly for back pain.
It’s no surprise that most patients suffering from back pain choose chiropractic treatment: it’s one of the most effective alternative treatment methods out there.
Back pain may be caused by a number of things. Some people get involved in minor and major accidents. Some people sustain injuries while training or working out. Sometimes it’s caused by a simple muscle strain.
But chiropractors can help deal with many other conditions aside from back pain. Chiropractors deal with all sorts of musculoskeletal conditions like neck pain, joint pain, headaches, and many more. In fact, there are people who visit chiropractors for the health benefits alone—you don’t have to be injured to visit a chiropractor after all.
Today we’re going to talk about why chiropractic care is good for you, and why you shouldn’t hesitate to try it. But first, let’s have an overview of the treatment itself.
Chiropractic Care and Spinal Adjustments: An Overview
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Chiropractic treatment revolves around the use of spinal manipulation. The philosophy is simple: the body is a machine that naturally heals itself over time. But certain injuries can slow this process down. That’s why restoring the alignment of the spine can help restore this healing process and optimize it.
Chiropractors allow the body to heal without the use of surgery or medication. However, there are certain cases wherein the chiropractor will work with a medical doctor to achieve the best results.
Spinal adjustment is a hands-on type of treatment that addresses the problems directly by applying pressure or using manual adjustment techniques. The spine is the main focus of this treatment.
Chiropractors can provide pain relief using manipulation and they can also restore mobility to the joints.
If you experience a car accident, a workout injury, or a simple fall, your spine can become misaligned. Sometimes just sitting without proper back support can cause problems for your spine. A chiropractor’s job is to set things back to normal.
Why Chiropractic Treatment is good for you
Chiropractic treatment is natural, safe, holistic, and non-invasive. Many people cannot go the conventional route and take prescription medications because they have a history with substance abuse. Therefore painkillers like opioids are off the table because they are potentially addictive.
Spinal manipulation creates the same pain relieving benefit without the potential side effects. It provides pain relief for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue including ligaments, cartilage, and tendons.
By considering the patient’s medical history and current condition, a chiropractor can come up with an accurate diagnosis to see if spinal adjustment is suitable for them. A treatment plan can be made for the patient’s specific set of problems.
If a patient was recently involved in a car accident, the chiropractor can spot hidden injuries and/or restore their range of motion.
If an athlete suffers from a sports injury, the chiropractor can provide pain relief in order to make recovery easier and reduce their downtime. Soon, they’ll be able to get back in the game.
A treatment plan may involve one or more manual adjustments, depending on the patient’s condition. Adjustments are done using a controlled, sudden force that immediately improves their range of motion.
Chiropractic treatment is very popular for a reason. Even Olympians have chiropractors these days! Look for a chiropractic clinic near you today.
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