Millions of Americans experience chronic pain, from migraine headaches to low back problems and neck and shoulder issues. While painkillers have been helping, there’s higher awareness now in people about the dangers and risks of taking medications, such as getting addicted or experiencing side effects.
As a direct result of this, inquiries about alternative care that’s natural and holistic have been on the rise. Chiropractic care, specifically, has increasingly been in demand for chronic pain and musculoskeletal issues in the past few years.
People who have been in car accidents know what it’s like to have chronic pain. This is because some auto accident injuries can be hidden and can only manifest themselves days, weeks, or months later. If you have ever been in an accident, and are now experiencing unexplained chronic pain—whether in the back, shoulders, or neck—it may be time for you to explore the treatment options that a chiropractor can offer.
Chiropractic doctors don’t prescribe traditional medications, so chiropractic care poses no risk for addiction. The chiropractic approach looks at the body as a whole, and uses natural methods to address chronic pain. Among the many treatment methods a chiropractor uses is manual manipulation for adjustment of the spine. In addition to skeletal manipulation, chiropractors also use other natural pain management techniques such as massage, hot compresses, stretching exercises, nutrition, and even lifestyle changes that can help reduce the level of pain.
A chiropractor arrives at his treatment plan for the patient using a series of assessment methods. Like other medical doctors, they take a full medical history, conduct orthopedic and neurological tests, and can even take x-rays to look at your spine and joints.
A number of patients have found satisfaction in chiropractic care where all conventional treatments have failed. Because it’s natural and holistic, it may be the best choice for those who have chronic pain, providing as it does a scaleable, consistent treatment method that can be used as long as pain is present, without incurring additional risk.