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What You Need to Know About Chiropractors

By Ashley Chapman

From athletes to parents, suffering from pain can keep you from your daily routines. Seeing a chiropractor may help alleviate your discomfort without the use of medication. Along with treatment for pain, chiropractors may also assist with ways to treat pain caused by an unhealthy lifestyle.

What is a Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a healthcare provider who uses techniques to help alleviate joint discomfort and help restore function. Helping to free the spine of joint restrictions helps the spinal cord and the nervous function better, which may affect pain in parts of your body you may have thought was unnconected to the spine.

The types of techniques a chiropractor typically uses includes manipulation or joint adjustment. Chiropractors may also use physical therapy techniques, depending on the particular person. While the major focus is on the nervous system, chiropractors have expertise on the spine and musculoskeletal system.

Chiropractors not only focus on the pain a patient is feeling, but also their overall health.

Why Should You See a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors see a variety of patients with no limit on size or age; babies and seniors can benefit, as can the world-class athlete or someone whose shape has gotten away from them. There are many reasons why someone might want to see a chiropractor, but many times it is involving chronic pain.

Types of chronic pain might be caused by an autoimmune disorder, weak ligaments and joints or unhealthy eating habits. 

Chiropractors may also see people who have experienced any of the following:

  • A person, including an athlete, who has suffered an injury
  • A person who has been in a jarring accident and is stiff or sore
  • A person whozigged when they should have zagged and twisted the wrong way
  • A person who aches

Benefits of Chiropractic Methods

When you see a chiropractor, the focus is just not on the injury or treatment itself. It is also about the healthy lifestyle of the person. Chiropractors are also involved with nutrition, diet and exercise.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing many from working and being able to do their daily routines. With this statistic, chiropractic practices may help with those suffering from a chronic pain or a recent injury. Chiropractic is known to be one of the most effective non-drug therapies for chronic back pain.

 Facts About Chiropractic Treatment

  • While getting adjustments will often provide immediate relief, it is common for some to experience feeling sore after being treated
  • Chiropractic treatment is a safer approach to chronic pain than using medication, which masks the pain
  • Seeing a chiropractor is a less invasive way to treat pain, and should always be considered before an intense option such as surgery
  • Chiropractic treatments outperformed all other back pain treatments in a recent consumer reports health rating

Chiropractic is not solely about treating back pain. Everything you do, from blinking to breathing to fighting off illness, originates from the spinal cord; your chiropractor at The Joint specializes in helping you maintain a properly functioning spine.

 To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Newton Square, Pa.

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