5 Reasons Patients Should See A Chiropractor
Every year, millions of people in the U.S. see chiropractors for relief of an array of ailments. Whether it is a new injury, chronic issue, or something they just woke up with. A chiropractor can address it, without any medications and shots.
I have been a practicing chiropractor for the past 15 years. I utilize treatments, including joint manipulation, physical therapy modalities, patient education, manual therapy, nutrition and rehabilitation exercises to address each patient's unique situation. Many patients are seeing a chiropractor for the first time, it is important that I explain everything on that first visit.
Here are five reasons you should see a chiropractor:
1. Pain. Whether it is low back pain, neck pain, headaches, muscle and joint stiffness. Chiropractors have a lot of experience treating back pain, particularly low back pain. In recent years neck pain comes in a close second for seeing a chiropractor. Due to the daily use of technology our bodies' physical demands have changed from bending, lifting and twisting to typing, talking on the phone and using our computers. This daily postural strain has increased tension in the upper cervical spine and put tension on the upper thoracic spine. This is causing many patients to have headaches in addition to the first two complaints. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose the specific cause of back pain and are trained in effective therapies, which can include prescriptions for exercise and ergonomic advice. Chiropractors are dedicated to using conservative, non-surgical and medication-free therapies.
2. Headaches. There are many headaches that are associated with chronic neck stiffness and muscle tightness. Tension headaches are typically triggered by stress. Sinus headaches occur due to allergies, illness, or dry weather. Exertion headaches are triggered by running, weight lifting, or any other intense physical activities. Migraines are related to blood vessel contractions and other brain changes, and can also be triggered by environmental changes, stress or sleep deprivation. Hormone headaches, cluster headaches, and hypertension headaches all can be treated by chiropractors. The benefits are offering effective, drug-free treatment options, including gentle neck manipulations, without the side effects. Patients have reported to have less frequent and less intense headaches after getting regular adjustments.
3. Muscle and joint pain and stiffness. Although chiropractors are widely viewed as spine experts, most practitioners are also able to effectively treat nerve, muscle and joint pain throughout the body. Patients coming in with limited range of motion, a decrease in your ability to move a joint fully or experience stiffness, it could be a sign of a subluxation. Subluxations can occur in all joints, not just in the spine, but in extremities too. Chiropractors can treat carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis elbow and hip, knee or ankle pain. Regular mobilizations of these joints help alleviate and give patients more stability in their day-to-day activities.
4. Improved Posture: Chiropractors can help correct postural imbalances that may result from prolonged sitting, poor ergonomics, or other factors (ie uncomfortable chair, pillow, mattress)
By addressing these issues, making minor adjustments can improve overall posture and reduce associated discomfort. Using a pro-adjuster, activator gun in practice patients can visibly notice their posture improve and feel less stress in their muscle tone.
5. Non-Invasive approach: Chiropractic care focuses on natural and non-invasive methods to promote healing and wellness. This can be appealing to individuals who prefer to avoid medications or invasive procedures. Chiropractors are well versed on vitamins, minerals, and nutrition that can help support and maintain healthy muscles, joints, and overall well-being.
Bonus Chiropractors often take a holistic approach to healthcare, considering the interconnectedness of the body’s systems. Providing patients with lifestyle advice, nutritional guidance, and exercises to support well-being.
Lina Falkinstein, Doctor of Chiropractic, has been working for more than 13 years as a chiropractor. To make an appointment with Dr. Falkinstein, please call OSS.