Chiropractic care is a wonderful alternative to traditional medicine for curing or relieving back pain. It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans will see a chiropractor on a yearly basis for sports injuries, back pain and neck and leg pain. Most chiropractic practitioners have completed their undergraduate degrees and have an additional four years invested at a chiropractic college.
One of the biggest benefits, besides relief from pain, is that patients are cured through spinal manipulation without the use of drugs. Just the number of Americans relying on chiropractic care indicates how strongly many people believe in the healing powers of a chiropractor.
Manipulating the spine and providing chiropractic care is normally considered to be an effective and safe treatment for acute back pain resulting from sudden injuries like outdoor sports, vacuuming, yard work or moving furniture.
Acute back pain for many folks is a very common complaint that usually lasts about six weeks. However, seeking early treatment can begin to provide quick relief from the pain and may cure the condition in less time.
Before performing any type of manipulations, a chiropractor will first take your medical history and perform a physical examination. He or she may also use diagnostic imaging and lab tests to decide what type of treatment would be most beneficial for your particular back pain.
Chiropractic adjustments provide spinal manipulation using the hands, which helps to properly align the musculoskeletal structure of the spine. Manual adjustments involve the manipulation of various joints that are carefully controlled, and executed with sudden force for improving motion and movement for patients.
Besides providing back pain relief, chiropractic adjustments have been very helpful to treat headaches, severe neck injuries and other aches and pains.
In some circumstances, patients may require a series of minor chiropractic adjustments to adjust the spine back into position gradually. Overall, chiropractic care may be the ideal solution for resolving issues with back pain.
The Chiropractic Approach
Specific chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal function. By restoring the way your spine works, discs and soft tissues may heal, nerve involvement may be reduced, pain can ease and better stability can return.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
- Isn’t some back pain normal?
Pain of any kind, at any age, is a sign that something is amiss. Pain is the way your body signals that a limit has been reached or a problem has developed. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off. While they may go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem may slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult and expensive to resolve.
- What about muscle relaxers?
First, chiropractors don’t dispense drugs. We rely on natural methods. When properly applied, ice can have an analgesic effect without the unwanted effects associated with some pain medications.
- How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord, and out to every organ and tissue. Signals sent back to the brain confirm if the body is working correctly. Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments are designed to improve mind/body communications. Health often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.
- Does insurance pay for chiropractic?
These days, many policies cover at least a little of the care you’ll need. It’s convenient when an insurance company or some other third party helps pay the bill. But be careful! Don’t allow the profit motives of a huge corporation to make decisions for you. If you sincerely want your health back, we can probably help. Find out how we make chiropractic care affordable for just about anyone.