A chiropractor is a practitioner of integrative medicine that is based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of joint misalignment. They care for patients with a host of different problems including health problems and pain associated with their nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons.
The Benefits of a Chiropractor
If you are experiencing any kind of pain, chiropractic care has been shown to help reduce that pain more than even medications can. They help properly align the body’s musculoskeletal structure including the spine so that no medication or surgery will be needed to treat or correct the problem.
In addition to treatment, the chiropractor will also be able to tell you how to improve your posture, manage any conditions you may have, and find better ways to deal with the pain.
Spinal Manipulation for Pain Relief
Spinal manipulation can include exercise, massage, and physical therapy and can help provide some much-needed pain relief for lower back pain that many people experience on a daily basis. It has been shown to work just as well as other more traditional treatment methods like applying heat and medications. Chiropractors can also work with your primary doctors and surgeons to find more effective ways to relieve your pain.
Other Treatments for Pain Relief
In addition to spinal manipulation for pain relief, chiropractors also use other manual methods including postural therapy, exercise education, and even ergonomic training. This kind of training involves teaching the patient the right way to sit, stand, and walk to help reduce the pain they experience in their back.
What are the Risks of Chiropractic Care?
While uncommon, there are some cases of spinal manipulation resulting in complications including stroke. Other complications such as a herniated disk or the compression of nerves may also be a risk, but it is extremely rare.
How Often Should You See a Chiropractor?
Any back and neck pain you have can typically be resolved in just a few sessions, but that doesn’t mean that your therapy and treatment should stop there. Once a week visits are good and will help keep your underlying conditions under control and will help take some of the stress off your body and ease any symptoms you may experience.
If the pain is more severe, you will most likely need more intensive therapy sessions with the chiropractor which could include two to three adjustments per week. However, the length and duration of treatment depends on how serious the condition is and what your level of pain is typically at. If you don’t find any improvement or much in the way of pain relief after several sessions, it may be time to explore other options because your body isn’t responding to the chiropractic care and treatment. Otherwise, new approaches can be examined as you move further into treatment for your pain relief.
You and your chiropractor can discuss your pain relief options and come up with a treatment plan that will work best for you.