Do Chiropractors Really Help

Spine IllustrationEveryone whose ever been faced with back aches and pains has asked:  do chiropractors really help?  While the answer will vary from person to person, as a patient I have had positive experience with chiropractic care.   And I have met many others along the way who have tried chiropractic treatment as well.  It seems like either they swear by it or they will never do it again.  So why is that?

Maybe it’s in the way they seek the treatment.  I know I have the best experience when I visit 2-3 times per week but only for a few weeks at a time.  Yet I know several suffers who cannot live without getting an adjustment at least twice per week.  Maybe it depends on the individual’s particular condition, the cost of care or the time away from work/home for appointments. More likely, though, it’s that one solution to heal back pain issues will work for one and not the other.  There just seems to be no rhyme or reason.

So let’s take a look at what chiropractors do that can help.  Hopefully, it will help you decide if it’s right for you.  Before making a final decision, it may be a good idea to speak with your doctor or even get a chiropractic consultation.  Many reputable chiropractors offer a free consultation if it’s not covered by your insurance.

How Chiropractors Can Help…

Spinal Manipulation – These hands-on musculoskeletal adjustments can help realign the spine, restore mobility to joints and relieve pain.

Alternative Treatment – Chiropractic care is an option intended to heal back pain without surgery or medication.

Accurate Diagnosis – If you seek assistance from a Doctor of Chiropractic care (denoted as DC), they should be able to review your medical history, perform tests and properly diagnosis your condition.

Acute Care - As a treatment for sudden low back pain due to common injuries or overuse, chiropractic care is widely considered to be safe and effective.

More Aches and Pains – Chiropractors can also be helpful in the treatment of headaches, fibromyalgia, neck pain and osteoarthritis.  They can often help with all other joints (ankle, knees, etc.) that might be bothering you.

Related Equipment – Your chiropractor may have EMS machines, TENs units, traction devices, moist heat pads and activator tools that they can use to provide relief as well.

Complimentary Treatments – Deep tissue massage, nutritional guidance and exercises may also be offered or recommended by your chiropractor.

A Few More Things To Know…

No Cracking Involved – That sound we hear during manipulation is actually the release of gas within the joint as it’s opened up during the adjustment.

Generally Safe – Only extremely rare complications causing herniated discs, lower spinal nerve compression and stroke (neck manipulation) are noted.

Not For Everyone – Chiropractic care is generally not recommend for those with severe arthritis or osteoporosis, bone fractures or tumors and bone or joint infections.

Insurance Considerations – Most carriers do cover chiropractic care but may limit the number of visits allowed in a specific period of time.  It’s a good idea to check your plan before having a chiropractic consultation.

So there we have it.  Yes, chiropractors do really help many people.  But is it right for you?  Well, you’ll have to just let me know.  Please leave any questions, comments or experiences you would like to share below.

Until next time,


12 Responses

  1. Terence
    Terence July 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for the useful information, I remember some of my friends with back ache problems telling me about their experiences with chiropractors, and mostly it was positive experiences. It really does have a lot of benefits like you have mentioned too.

  2. Busy Girl
    Busy Girl July 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm | | Reply

    Chiropractic care is like every profession out there – some doctors are really good, others not so much. I was fortunate many years ago when my back locked up on me. I was just taking my puppy out of the bath when I could not stand up. I sat there in the hallway with my back straight against the wall for like an hour before I could move again. Luckily I did have insurance and did see a chiropractor for a few months until I was better. Seeing him on a regular basis for awhile was probably the difference between getting better and experiencing a lifetime of pain. Yes, I was lucky.

  3. Michael
    Michael July 2, 2014 at 1:54 am | | Reply

    Hi Denise,
    I always enjoy reading these articles considering I have been to a chiropractor in the past regularly and can relate. I used to be in the flooring business as an installer (degenerative L4-L5) and always felt much better after a few visits (usually treatment from slight alignment and ultrasound treatment) I know ideally a chiropractor should never touch anything above your shoulders (advise from my neurologist) and even my DC had concurred the fact as he usually deters from doing so (practising DC since 1978). Anyhow one thing I do agree with what you preach on your site is “motion is the potion”. I hope you are doing as best pain free and keep up the good work.

  4. James
    James July 2, 2014 at 2:09 am | | Reply

    I’ve been deciding on and off about seeing a chiropractor. This article has helpded :)

  5. Cathy
    Cathy July 2, 2014 at 10:50 pm | | Reply

    I am a chronic sufferer of a left aching shoulder. I am very sure it comes from the area of the shoulder joint because when I flexed backward, it hurts a lot more than the right. I have tried massage therapy and traditional Chinese therapy. I even changed my bed to one that gives good back support. Nothing works permanently so far. I have yet to try chiro-therapy because it gives me the impression that someone is meddling with my bones. Maybe I should research for one in town. It’s time to revive that shoulder.

  6. McKing
    McKing July 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm | | Reply

    I have heard about chiropractors from some friends and am currently seeing one myself. And while you clearly defined the patient’s side and why it could be positive or negative, there is the other side to think about.

    You see, my friends provide more negative chiropractor experience than positive ones and after hearing about their experiences, I agree it does not sound that good. Stuff such as high cost and low time spent makes treatment rather costly.

    Fortunately, my chiropractor is very good, with reasonable cost and high time spent, each session is a positive experience. In fact, every negative experience told by my friends just further solidifies my awesome chiropractic treatments!

    To sum up, chiropractors really do help but finding the right chiropractor is key. Cheers! :)

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