I have relied on Chiropractors over the years to help me with injuries and as preventative care. When I was in college I slipped and fell on some ice and threw my back out very badly. My mobility became restricted and my pain level was high. I could not sit for longer than 10 minutes without pain so you would often see me standing in the back of class. In addition to seeing the trainers for Ultrasound therapy I added Chiropractic care into the mix and it was an absolute lifesaver. Gradually with the combination of chiropractic adjustments, strengthening exercises, ultrasound therapy and lots of time in the cold plunge I was able to rehab my back. Since then, I have gone back to chiropractic care over the years to address several different issues.
What is chiropractic?
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. ” Chiropractors use different methods to manipulate the spine and other parts of the body and these adjustments help to ensure that your body has proper alignment. Before working with you a Chiropractor will complete a diagnostic exam sometimes involving x-rays to determine the best approach for treatment. A Chiropractor works with you to reduce pain and to increase mobility. Chiropractors will also often provide other services such as electrical muscle stimulation, heat and ice, ultrasound, exercises and advice about lifestyle factors that affect your musculoskeletal health.
What is chiropractic used to treat?
Chiropractors can be used to treat many different things. I have seen a chiropractor for back issues, shoulder issues and neck issues.
Here are some of the common things that people will see a chiropractor for:
- Piroformis Syndrome
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue
- Stress and Anxiety through spinal manipulation
If a disc issue is suspected or you are experiencing numbness and tingling the chiropractor is probably not the right place to be and instead you should consult a doctor (Health.com). In some cases chiropractic care can worsen your issue if you are not careful.
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I have found chiropractic care to be a lifesaver at times. The key is finding the right one for you. Chiropractors use different methods to manipulate the spine so you need to find what you like. Some chiropractors will use manual adjustments while others will use a small tool to activate and adjust the spine. You may need more than one visit but it will be worth it. Chiropractic care can help keep you running and moving around pain free!