When Should You See A Chiropractor?
The right time to see a chiropractor is different for everyone. Many people do not see a chiropractor until they have been in an accident or suffered a sports-related injury. However, you do not need to fit into either of those categories to seek the help of a chiropractor. If you have chronic muscle or joint pain or limited range of motion, a chiropractor can help.
Ideally, people should consider chiropractic care as preventative care. Repeated visits to a chiropractor can keep your muscles and joints functioning properly. Chiropractic care is not about just treating symptoms, but rather getting to the root cause of your back or neck pain. If you have frequent headaches, rather than popping over-the-counter or prescription painkillers, a chiropractic team can help you determine the reason they are occurring.
The best health outcomes happen when an individual patient and medical provider partner together, but even then, a health situation cannot be solved unless the root problem is addressed. Regular visits to a chiropractor can address problems before they even arise and before symptoms show up.
How Chiropractic Therapy Helps
Chiropractic health is all about spine health. The vertebrae in the spine move into less-than-ideal positions due to stress, sports injuries and more. The misalignments are called subluxations, and they not only affect proper muscle and joint function, but also proper nerve function.
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. Although people associate the phrase “crack your back” with a chiropractor, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
Many patients have found chiropractic care to be a tried-and-true effective treatment for low back or neck pain. Chiropractors can help for a variety of ailments as we discussed in our previous blog. If not corrected, misalignments can worsen over time, creating muscle tension, pain and other issues like sciatica. Chiropractic care is about realigning the spine so that everything functions properly.
How Chiropractic Care Works
When you seek out chiropractic care, you will meet with a professional who will triage problems as they diagnose your issue. At one end of the spectrum are serious issues like nerve damage or a spinal fracture, while less serious issues like pinched nerves, herniated discs and straightforward cases of spinal misalignment are at another end. A chiropractic professional is trained to handle all of these situations.
In fact, chiropractors and their teams can bring dramatic improvement to people who have restricted ranges of motion in joints like the hips and shoulders. For spine pain in the neck or lower back, spinal manipulation techniques are extremely effective.
Chiropractic treatment methods facilitate patient recovery from trauma caused by automobile, work or sports accidents, and also help patients recover from chronic health events like arthritis that has restricted movement in the spinal joints over time. The spinal adjustment techniques chiropractors use are gentle enough for everyone from infants to the elderly and the injured. Chiropractic care combined with other therapies are proven to facilitate recovery from surgery or injury.
Signs You Should See a Chiropractor
There is no doubt that getting chiropractic care has many benefits, and seeing one will help you feel better, regardless of the type of issue you have. It can be difficult to figure out when to make the initial phone call.
Here are some telltale signs that it is time to call a chiropractor:
- You have frequent headaches.
- You have poor ergonomic habits.
- You have persistent neck pain.
- You have occasional lower back pain.
- You have chronic pain in your muscles or joints.
- Your job requires you to sit for long periods of time.
- The soles of your shoes wear differently.
- You have limited range of motion.
- You were recently involved in an accident.
- You have sharp shooting pain in your legs.
- You live an active lifestyle.
- You want to live a more health-conscious life.
Who Should not Seek Chiropractic Care?
Virtually anyone can benefit from chiropractic care. But there are a few types of people, who may be in different stages of their lives, who should not seek out the help of a chiropractor. If you fall into any one of the following categories, do not go to a chiropractor without first speaking to your primary care physician:
- Pregnant woman.
- Those with broken vertebrae.
- Those who have had spinal fusion.
- Those with artificial spinal discs or spinal implants.
- Those who have had at least one failed back surgery.
- Those who have not fully recovered from back surgery.
Ready To Get Started?
Talk it over with your primary care physician to see if chiropractic care may be right for you.
Those who wait to experience chiropractic therapy often realize they were missing out on receiving healing therapy that the treatment can provide. Looking to become a new patient of Apps Chiropractic? Schedule your initial consultation or treatment here: https://appschiropractic.com/make-appointment.