Everyone 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,