When you’re sick, you go to a doctor. When you have a foot issue, you go to a podiatrist. When you need your eyes checked, you see an optometrist. And when you have neck or back pain, you see a chiropractor.
But while chiropractors do treat neck and back pain, that’s not the only reason for seeing one. Chiropractors can treat a number of issues and conditions that you might not even realize are indicative of a problem to begin with.
Here are 6 signs that are telling you it might be time to make a chiropractor appointment.
- Your shoe soles wear out differently. If this happens to you, you probably think it’s normal. But if one sole wears out quicker than the other, you might have a spinal subluxation, which can put your body out of alignment. Since we tend to put a lot of weight and pressure on our feet, they’re good indicators of the condition of the skeleton. So check the soles of your shoes, and get your spine readjusted if necessary.
- You experience frequent headaches. You might not realize this, but a chiropractor can help diagnose the cause of your headaches and devise a treatment plan to get them to go away. Not only can a chiropractic adjustment release the tension and pressure of a headache, it can also prevent future headaches from occurring. Additionally, a chiropractor can make diet suggestions, provide massage therapy, and give advice on how to exercise properly to reduce and eliminate headaches for good.
- You suffer from arthritis. Arthritis causes pain and stiffness due to the inflammation of one or more joints. But arthritis doesn’t have to be debilitating if you choose to visit a chiropractor for treatment. Regular alignments can increase your circulation and relieve the pressure on arthritic areas. Chiropractic care for arthritis can also include massage therapy to relax the body, therapeutic exercises to strengthen muscles, ultrasound, and electric muscle stimulation.
- You sit in front of a computer all day. If your job requires you to sit in front of a computer all day or remain in a sedentary position for extended periods of time, a chiropractor may be beneficial to you. When you sit still for hours on end, your muscles become weaker, which can lead to pressure and stress injuries. A chiropractor, however, can relieve that pressure and help correct your sedentary posture.
- You have a limited range of motion. As we age, we’re often not as flexible as we once were and our range of motion decreases. And with a limited range of motion, we might not be able to do simple tasks such as tying our shoes or picking something up from the floor. While much of this is natural, you don’t have to be stuck that way. Chiropractic adjustments and manipulations might be able to help you recover your range of motion so your body no longer limits you.
- You rely on pain pills to get you through the day. If you suffer from chronic pain or feel as if pain pills are your only hope, it might be time to visit a chiropractor. Instead of merely treating the pain, find the underlying cause of your pain and treat that. Chiropractors can work with or without pain relievers, but generally the less medication you take, the better!
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.