Most people think of chiropractic help is only for the injured, especially low back injuries. Well, they are partly wrong. Chiropractic has been proven time and time again to be the best therapy to treat joint injuries and chronic pain. That does not mean that it isn’t the best way to ensure proper movement of your joints so that you can keep physically active, exercising and pain free for many years to come. Its strength relies in its ability to prevent serious neuromusculoskeletal disease (diseases of the nervous, skeletal and muscular systems).
Why is chiropractic one of the best preventative tools that exist anywhere in the medical world? Because it combines nutrition, therapeutic exercises, acupuncture, joint mobilization, soft tissue work and other physical medicine modalities to treat most ailments that present to us in our office.
Chiropractic also recognizes that the body is one unit from head to toe. For example, high arches on our feet do not properly absorb shock. Couple that with the decreased strength of sedentary leg muscles and a dysfunctional back from long hours of sitting at work and, eventually, you might end up with a stiff neck or headaches among other aches along the length of your body. So, it would not be uncommon for a chiropractor to examine you for shoulder pain and discover that your legs are unequal in length.
Scientists are finding out that some tissues that cover mover than the length of one muscle, its tendon and the bones to which they attach are way more important than previously thought. This relatively recent discovery gives credence to the integral way chiropractors have always treated conditions. You see glimpses of this when you see functional exercise training (whole body exercises) at chiropractic and physical therapy offices as well as at health clubs all over the country.
One of the original tenets of chiropractic was recognizing that the mind, the body and ourchemistry are intrinsically connected. So, compartamentalizing ailments into just one system is the wrong way to see disease for chiropractors. Sure, a cold might be caused by a virus, but coughing and lack of activity during the illness can give you stiff muscles, aches and low-morale. We ask about people’s life not just to be friendly (which we tend to be), but also to gauge how a person’s levels of stress and family life might be affecting the condition that we might be treating. So treating a cold might include supplementation, dietary changes to shorten the duration of the cold, adjustments to keep your spine mobile through long hours of rest and making sure you have a good support group around you. So when you go to a chiropractor, you are a person and not a walking ailment.
Are you stuck going to the chiropractor several times a week for the rest of your life? That’s a myth. Initially, chiropractic visits are frequent. However, a short time after treatment starts, a good chiropractor re-evaluates your condition. If you are responding to treatment as expected, he might decrease the frequency of treatment so that you take over some of the responsibility for your treatment by doing exercises at home and at work. As the number of therapy encounters decrease, you will be given the enough tools stay healthy on your own, only needing to visit your chiropractor for “maintenance”. Just like you do when you go your dentist.
Dentists convinced everyone (and rightfully so) of the importance to have regular check ups and cleanings decades ago. You brush your teeth and floss every day (hopefully). If you think about it, going to the dentist is mostly a preventative measure, very similar to your visit to a chiropractor after they have fix a condition. So, in a way, you can see chiropractors as the dentists of the neuromusculoskeletal world. Both have a procedure that create anxiety (chiropractic adjustment vs cleanings/fillings), but that also feel great afterwards. Both give you homework to do at home (brushing/flossing vs stretching/strengthening). Both nag you about improving your health habits while you wish the visit was over because you have heard the same litany dozens of time, yet you are always too tired to follow their advice during the course of a day. Oh well! Did I digress?
The last point I tried to make, before I got carried away, was that we take your health personally. So we will forever get on your back about treatment and preventative measures. The bottom line is that we don’t like to see your health regressing and that we are committed to improving overall health as each day goes by. So, don’t be difficult and pay us a visit. It might be the best thing you end up doing for your health.