Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is an alternative treatment that uses hands-on spinal manipulation and also helps with misalignments of joints. Misalignments of the joints can lead to disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs. By properly aligning the body’s musculoskeletal structure, specifically the spine, the body may heal without surgery or medication.
How Does Chiropractic Treatment Help with Chronic Pain?
How well our bodies function is based on the integrity of our nervous system. The nervous system is the one system in our bodies that directly affects every other system. The explanation for this is your nerves conduct sensory information from every part of the body, and then deliver the information to your brain. When it arrives in your brain it analyzes the information to decide how to stay healthy.
Chiropractors are the only health care professionals that can fix misalignments in the spine and improve the nervous system function. Chiropractors examine vertebral subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine and abnormal movement patterns of the vertebrae. When they fix vertebral subluxations multiple systems in the body notice it collectively. Chiropractic manipulates and adjusted the body, particularly the spinal column, relieving pressure on the nerves.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic is a great natural, whole-body, drug-free approach to treating a variety of healthcare conditions. Many chiropractors today are covered by health insurance which makes it a very cost effective solution. In addition, there isn’t any other health care professional, other than a chiropractor, that won’t involve third parties when treating musculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractors work alone in their treatment.
Many patients who visit a chiropractor for musculoskeletal conditions often end up noticing non-musculoskeletal benefits as well. These benefits include improved respiratory, digestive function, vision, and circulation. In another study, chiropractic adjustments were shown to decrease blood pressure preventing heart attacks and strokes. Finally, many chiropractors work to care for the person as whole from general wellness to disease prevention.
While Chiropractic care mainly focused on spinal manipulation in the past, it now includes a variety of treatments. These treatments include manual or manipulative therapies, posture, stretches, exercise information, strengthening counseling, nutritional counseling, supplements, custom orthotics, ultrasounds and laser therapies.
How Safe is Chiropractic?
There is a growing number of research studies and reviews that show the treatment provided by chiropractors are clinically effective and safe. You can read more about this on the American Chiropractic Association website.
Conditions Chiropractic Treats
Many people think of back pain and maybe neck pain when they think of chiropractic treatment, but chiropractic actually helps with any joint pain that is ongoing, lasting months. Injuries not fixed by physical therapy could be joint issues which chiropractic treats. Chiropractic can help with back, arm, wrist, leg, knee, neck, shoulder, foot, and ankle pain.
Other Conditions Chiropractic helps with include: Arthritis, Headaches, Traumatic injuries, Allergies, Asthma, Sleep Issues, PMS, ADHD, Colic, Pinched Nerves, Pregnancy, Stress, Depression, and Wellness.
Musculoskeletal Conditions Chiropractic helps with include: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, Epicondylitis, Tendinitis, Strains, Fractures, Ligament Injuries, Myelopathy, Whiplash, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Strokes, Dislocation, Frozen Joints, Muscle/Ligament/Joint Tears and Pulls, Herniated Discs, Scoliosis, Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Ruptured Discs or Tendons, Scurvy, Shin Splints, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Discomfort.
Chiropractic Care for Back Pain
Experts estimated that as much as 80% of the population will deal with some form of back pain in their lives. Most causes of back pain are not caused by any serious conditions like arthritis or a car accident. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. Half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. You can view more of these statistics on the American Chiropractic Association website.
Chiropractic Care for Wellness
Many seek out chiropractic even when they are not in any pain. Chiropractic is great for general wellness because you can fix small problems before they turn into serious problems. Vertebral subluxations can exist without any pain and can get worse over time leading to noticeable pain.
Chiropractors will perform a physical examination to diagnose your condition. They will then create a customized treatment plan. The treatment plan may include mobilization therapy, adjustments, light therapy, ultrasound therapy, hydrotherapy, TENS, Diathermy, cold laser treatment, interferential current, and roller or traction table treatment. You can read more about some of the various treatment techniques on the DocShop website.
History of Chiropractic Care and Chiropractic Care Today
Chiropractic treatment is not a new treatment option. The earliest recordings of spinal corrections date back 4000 years and were recorded in Ancient Chinese on turtle shells. Evidence suggests that spinal treatment came way before medical care and was a preferred healing option during most of mankind’s civilized existence. In 1500 B.C., the Greeks recorded their success in low back treatment. Hippocrates known as the “Father of Medicine” wrote “Get knowledge of the spine, for it is the requisite for many diseases.” He had many writings and manuscripts including “Setting Joints By Leverage” written in 500 B.C.
Chiropractic became an official treatment option in 1895 when DD Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment. He helped a janitor who suffered hearing loss restore his hearing. Although numerous forms of manipulation had been used for hundreds or even thousands of years, there was no philosophical or scientific reasoning to explain the results until Palmer’s contributions. He formed the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic based on his comprehensive studies in anatomy and physiology.
Today, there are more than 70,000 active chiropractic licenses in the United States. Many other countries utilize chiropractic care too including Mexico, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and Japan.
Choosing a Chiropractor
There are a wide variety of chiropractic techniques. Some doctors are hands-on only, and others will use devices or instruments for joint manipulation. In addition, some chiropractors are very gentle while others will be quick and firm with their treatment.
Some people enjoy the feeling of relief when hearing “joints popping.” Others are bothered by the thought of it and would prefer a lighter, gentler treatment. Some chiropractors work in coordination with other professions such as acupuncturists or massage therapists, and some just offer chiropractic care. So do some research to find a chiropractor that is right for you.
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