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Chiropractic Care - A Natural Approach to Wellness

Often, many people dealing with backaches, headaches, and/or joint pains, etc. put off addressing these issues until the pain becomes unbearable. Then they may seek a quick fix such as anti-inflammatories, pain medications, etc. The reason many opt for these quick fixes is primarily because they don’t truly appreciate the benefit of chiropractic care, or may harbor some fears. The reality is, if you don’t get to the root of the pain and address it properly, it will keep reoccurring.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care as a practice dates back centuries. There are texts dated back to the Greeks that prove chiropractic treatments were used to heal ailing bodies. So what is the practice, and why is it important? It involves being aware of how important the spine is in terms of how you and your body function. Chiropractic care targets the nerves in the nervous system that interact with the spine, to ensure that they function properly.

Chiropractic care is considered to be a drug-free, non-invasive, natural and/or holistic way to diagnosis and treat pain, while also maintaining and enhancing the body’s overall health and well-being.

Chiropractors predominantly provide treatments for the following issues:

  • Body pain (back, neck, and/or headaches)
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
  • Limited range of motion in a part of the body such as the neck, shoulder, or back
  • Other sources of pain.

What exactly is a chiropractor, and what do they do?

A chiropractor is a trained healthcare professional who focuses on both diagnosis and treatment related to neuromuscular disorders. Like any other professional, chiropractors are educated and trained in their specific field. The field requires an extensive education, including 90 undergraduate credits and four years of chiropractic college, which usually equates to six years of education. Not only that, they also need to do a clinical internship before they are granted a license. To obtain a license, they must pass an exam conducted by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. A chiropractor must be licensed by the board in the state in which they practice.

Superior chiropractic care includes a complete examination, a thorough understanding of a patient’s ailments, and the creation of a well-defined treatment plan, which is then carefully explained to the patient.

The chiropractor will use gentle spinal manipulation, as well as therapeutic and rehabilitating exercises in order to address the pain and symptoms. As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, the chiropractor will offer a nutritional consultation and recommend lifestyle changes which will helping to keep both the mind and body in balance.

Types of chiropractic treatments

There are numerous types of chiropractic treatments that are employed by chiropractors around the world depending on patients and their ailments. Some common treatments include the following:

The direct thrust technique

This technique focuses on the spine and is one of the more popular treatment used by chiropractors. It is also referred to as spinal manipulation in which the practitioner aligns the vertebrae with the help of low amplitude thrust. During the treatment, it is common to hear some cracking or popping sounds as the gas between the joints is released. It leads to the relief of pain in the spine and back region.

Spinal mobilization

Spinal mobilization is a treatment that is common for treating patients with osteoporosis. While the goal of the technique is pretty much the same, it is much gentler than the direct thrust technique. Instead of a direct thrust, slow movements, firm pressure, and gentle stretching are done so the spine is directed back to its correct position.

Articulatory

To treat injured joints which have a limited range of motion, the articulatory treatment is prescribed. The chiropractor, with the help of a little pressure, takes the part of the body which has limited motion and takes it through the full range of motion. This helps remedy any stiffness, while also improving the mobility of the area.

Myofascial release

Stress and overwork tend to put a lot of tension in our muscles. Myofascial tissue is similar to an incredibly strong mesh, stretching from head to toe to support the human musculoskeletal structure. It serves as a kind of protection and can become tense and inflamed. Chiropractic treatment for this condition is sort of like a massage, releasing the stiffness from the muscle and reducing both tension and pain.

The unique Benefits of chiropractic care

Exceptional chiropractic care will have a positive effect on the mind and body. Below are some of many extraordinary benefits of chiropractic care.

Reduce stress

If your nervous system itself is not properly aligned, chances are you will have both muscular and skeletal pain, which mean your whole body is out of line. Not only does this cause physical strain, but also mental stress. Seeking treatment from a chiropractor will help realign your body and release the strain and stress. You can then go through your daily routine without any issues.

Improve posture

As our body ages, we tend to develop posture issues from not walking or sitting properly, among other things. Chiropractic adjustments can help realign your posture, leaving you and your body feeling younger than ever. You will feel a drastic change after a few visits to a chiropractor and stand tall and sit straight in no time.

Mood enhancement

Realignment of your body also has an effect on your mood. When you are physically aligned, the impact affects your mood and balances out the chemicals in your body, making you feel a lot better.

The benefits don’t just end there. Chiropractic treatment leads to improvement in the immune system, enhances overall body function, and also promotes better sleep.

How safe is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic treatment is one of the safest forms of body treatment because it is non-invasive. Chiropractors perform their treatment without having to perform surgery. Some patients may, however, experience mild pain (similar to the soreness one may experience after a workout) after treatment, which should subside in 24-48 hours. If the pain persists, you should discuss this promptly with your chiropractor.

Chiropractic care is safe and effective, and is administered by dedicated chiropractors. Don’t wait for pain to consume you.

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