When you think of chiropractors, you may think of back cracking and spine work. Which is natural, because that is a big part of what chiropractors do. It isn’t everything, though. In fact, chiropractors can help with conditions and injuries throughout your body. Even a perfectly healthy patient can benefit from chiropractic care!
Moreover, chiropractors help a wide variety of patients of all ages. They often offer massage therapy and exercise therapy. They provide treatments that serve to make you stronger and prevent future injuries.
Below is just a small sample of the many situations in which going to a chiropractor can benefit you:
If You Are Taking Medication for Arthritis Pain. For too many doctors, “pain” has one kind of treatment: medication. Sure, many medications are effective in reducing painful symptoms and inflammation, but it’s far too easy to get in the habit of popping a few pills for every ache.
Not only is this expensive, it creates an unnecessary dependency when other treatments are available. Whether you are suffering from back pain, head pain, or different types of arthritis, chiropractic care can help relieve symptoms without the use of medication.
Let’s talk about arthritis specifically. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments, exercise, and the right diet (all of which can be suggested by a chiropractor), can help to improve arthritis symptoms without medication. In fact, using a holistic approach to joint pain has proven to be a more effective (and less expensive) form of treatment than medication.
If Pain Lasts Longer Than Normal. A night of sleeping funny may not seem like enough of a reason for a medical appointment, but pain that lasts for weeks without explanation should be checked out. Symptoms of certain conditions (i.e. herniated discs) may not show up immediately. Years after an injury or accident, you may feel as though your back pain is coming out of nowhere.
If You Are Experiencing More Than Just Back Pain. The spinal column contains the spinal cord, which is an extension of the central nervous system. The central nervous system controls your ability to feel and sense touch.
So if something with your spine is off, it may begin to affect the nerves associated with other areas throughout your body. Head and neck pain are very common symptoms of underlying back problems. After all, the neck is still an extension of the spine.
Chiropractors can help to relieve neck pain, as well as headaches and migraines. Spinal adjustments and other forms of treatment allow chiropractors to repair nerve damage or relieve the nerves of the pressure they are under.
If You Are Experiencing Numbness. As we mentioned before, nerve damage can cause pain around your body. If certain nerves are damaged, compressed, or unable to communicate with the rest of the nervous system, though, you may also experience numbness.
This can happen anywhere on your body. For example, numbness in the hands is often a symptom of carpal tunnel. Realigning the spine and restoring communication throughout the nervous system helps to treat numbness.
If You Have Been in an Auto Accident. Walking out of a car accident alive is often a miracle. It’s easy to ignore minor symptoms, because an accident could have resulted in so much worse.
This doesn’t mean that you should simply ignore “minor” symptoms, though. Even if you think they could be from a past injury, make an appointment with a chiropractor after an accident.
Here are just a few of the most common injuries associated with car crashes:
- Head and back injuries (concussions, herniated discs, TBI)
- Neck and chest injuries (whiplash)
- Injuries to arms, legs, hands, feet (broken bones, ligament damage)
If You Are Healing From a Sports Injury. Similar to auto accidents, sports injuries can result in blows to the spine that will have lasting effects. Many chiropractors are able to treat back and spine injuries, and also offer services to get you back on your feet if you have suffered any other type of injury.
Consider a chiropractor who offers services like physical therapy or acupuncture. Most chiropractors aim to provide treatments for your overall health, rather than just spine-specific treatments.
Is It Time to Call A Chiropractor?
That depends – do you want to feel better?
Chiropractors can help improve overall health with the following treatments:
- Spinal adjustments
- Flexion distraction
- Spinal decompression
- Intersegmental traction
- Massage therapy
Caring for your spine is caring for your body, and allows you to reap the benefits of overall improved health. Contact a knowledgeable Florida chiropractor today to set up your next appointment.
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.