Chiropractic Care Is A Safe Alternative to Traditional Medicine
Isn’t it funny how chiropractic care and modern medicine are sometimes considered very different things? Chiropractic care is modern medicine. We prefer to think of it as an alternative to traditional medicine.
Simply put, chiropractic care or therapy is all about spine health. The vertebrae in the spine move into less-than-ideal positions due to stress, sports injuries, poor posture, and more. These misalignments are called subluxations, and they affect not only proper muscle and joint function but also different nerve functions.
A chiropractic adjustment is a manual manipulation of the spinal vertebrae designed to reduce muscle strain and nerve irritation to alleviate pain and improve your range of motion. Many people associate the term “crack your back” with a chiropractor, but nothing could be further from the truth. Our customized spinal adjustment techniques are gentle enough for everyone from infants to the elderly.
Many patients find that spinal manipulation is an extremely effective treatment for lower back or neck pain – it’s just not a traditional one. We have been able to help patients who have been in car accidents or who have sports injuries. If not corrected, the misalignments can worsen over time, creating muscle tension, pain and other issues like sciatica. Chiropractic therapy is about realigning the spine so that everything functions correctly. Also, general practitioners and orthopedic surgeons alike are coming around to this realization as well.
Why? Because chiropractic therapy offers two real and tremendous advantages: it is non-invasive, and it is drug-free.
Chiropractic Therapy A Drug-Free Alternative
Overall, chiropractic therapy is a safe, drug-free alternative care for neck pain, back pain and joint pain in general – regardless of the joint – hip, shoulder, knee or otherwise. Take arthritis for example - the progression of this condition ranges from a 0 to a 4. The traditional approach is to take anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil at first, but this can quickly progress into prescription anti-inflammatory medications or stronger painkillers like opioids.
All medications have risks, and it is crucial for patients to understand those risks. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) carry risks far, far greater than the option of using spinal manipulation instead. Gastrointestinal bleeding is a common risk factor of NSAIDs, as well as aspirin.
Given the country’s current opioid crisis, many are turning to chiropractic therapy as an effective drug-free alternative for relieving joint pain and muscle tension.
Getting in to see a chiropractor as early as possible when a patient begins experiencing symptoms is proven to be more effective than a variety of medications. Indeed, no treatment of any kind is entirely risk-free, but chiropractic therapy is widely recognized as a very safe treatment method.
Patients might experience mildly sore muscles or minor aches, but this is normal, and it typically resolves within 24 hours as the body adjusts.
Several published studies show that chiropractic care is very effective for chronic pain sufferers who have low back and neck injuries.
Chiropractic Therapy Is Non-Invasive
The term “crack your back” is just a saying. Chiropractors are incredibly experienced and, rest assured, there is no cracking involved. The sound you may hear during a spinal manipulation is air escaping. It is perfectly safe.
In the early stages of arthritis, people experience immediate relief without invasive techniques like injections or surgery. For people with back injuries, those who first used a chiropractor for treatment found relief without surgery; in a 2012 Spine journal publication, less than two percent of patients who used a chiropractor opted for surgery. Patients with the same symptoms who first contacted a surgeon to resolve the issue had surgery 43 percent of the time.
Surgeons may prefer surgery because that’s their expertise, but every patient doesn’t need an operation right away. The data is there to support that chiropractic therapy at least prolong operations for significant periods by having regular chiropractic treatments.
Manipulation is typically an alternative to surgery. Naturally, surgery carries far greater risk than the minimal issues that characterize chiropractic treatment.
Give Chiropractic Therapy A Try
Chiropractic professionals are serious about their careers and their patients. Chiropractors train for many hours and even take postgraduate courses to learn about new medical conditions and patient risk factors.
When you visit a chiropractor, be very specific about your symptoms and pain points so that the doctor can ensure the safest and most effective treatment for your condition. We can work with other doctors and if we cannot treat you, we will refer you to another physician or work in conjunction with that doctor on your treatment plan.
Chiropractors don’t always do spinal manipulation. In some cases, they use soft tissue techniques, exercises, joint mobilization or other therapies. Our treatments are designed to restore motion and provide increased flexibility.
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