The demand for alternative treatments for chronic pain is increasing nowadays, not only because these treatments are drug-free and you don’t run the risk of getting addicted, but also because they’re more holistic in nature and have fewer side effects.
One treatment that’s been seeing more referrals from primary care physicians is chiropractic care. It isn’t exactly new; it has been around since the 1800s, when Daniel David Palmer, a magnetic healer from Canada, treated his janitor’s deafness through spinal manipulation. Also known as chiropractic adjustment, it is the primary treatment method of chiropractic care.
What exactly is chiropractic adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustment is the manual manipulation of the spine using the chiropractor’s hands and the patient’s bodyweight to adjust misaligned vertebrae. This is usually done in conjunction with other treatment methods like electrical muscle stimulation, TENS units, deep tissue massage, acupressure, ultrasound, and rehabilitation exercises that you can do at home.
Why and how does chiropractic adjustment work?
When there’s a misalignment of the spine, nerves become pinched or irritated, and cause pain. The longer this condition goes untreated, the more the pain worsens, affecting the surrounding areas and even the organs connected to the affected nerves. With a spinal adjustment, pinching of the nerves is removed, blood flow is improved, and muscles around the area are relieved, leading to reduction of pain. This directly results in an improved range of motion and better general health.
Is chiropractic adjustment done only on the spine?
Adjustments are not only done on the spine but also on the back, neck, and one’s extremities. This is why chiropractic care is best not only for chronic and persistent back pain, but also for problems in the neck, shoulders, arms, hips, and legs. It’s also effective for migraine headaches, joint pain, smoking cessation, and even for allergy treatment.
Is chiropractic care expensive?
Chiropractic care is not only affordable, it helps many patients avoid the ongoing, extreme costs of traditional treatments. There are no medications needed, saving the patient hundreds of dollars spent on painkillers, and patients can also avoid complicated surgeries, which can devastate your bank account.
Isn’t it dangerous to have chiropractic adjustments?
Adjustments done by licensed and Board-certified chiropractors have been shown to be safe and effective. However, as with any other medical treatment, it may have some side effects. Depending, for example, on the person being treated, the side effects can range from muscle spasms and headaches, to soreness in the area being adjusted and overall fatigue. For people with certain medical conditions like cancer of the bone, spinal tuberculosis or osteoporosis, arthritis, and fractures, among others, chiropractic adjustments should not be done.
The bottom line is for you to consult your primary physician and ask about chiropractic care, especially if you have chronic pain that no amount of medication seems to treat. With chiropractic adjustments, that sustained pain relief you have been dreaming of for some time may be within your reach after all.