Important Reasons to See a Chiropractor

By Dr. Ravin Sodhi, D.C.

PUBLISHED ON July 31, 2021

You might have come across chiropractors before in your life. You may even know a chiropractor personally. But, do you know what chiropractors do and why they are essential?

What is the Function of a Chiropractor?

A chiropractor specializes in the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders, especially chronic pain.

Chiropractors usually address the spine, neck, and joints. They are experts in spinal manipulation or adjustment, so they can help restore motion to a joint that has become stiff and decrease nerve interference at the same time.

What Can I Expect from Chiropractic Treatments?

One session of chiropractic treatment will last about 45 minutes.

A chiropractor may first take a medical history, do an x-ray examination of the spine, and then perform chiropractic treatment. The chiropractor may also recommend exercises to help strengthen muscles in your back or suggest lifestyle changes.

One session isn’t always enough, so they might have you come for several sessions spread out over weeks or even months. Insurance plans may cover sessions.

What Are Reasons for Working with a Chiropractor?

First is the chiropractor’s approach to health is holistic. When you go into their office, you will be greeted by someone who wants to understand your whole body, not just treat one symptom or problem area.

Secondly, they may also offer a variety of treatments, from ultrasound therapy to deep tissue massage.

The third is that pain is not something solved with a pill. If your medication has helped, but still, spinal problems persist even after taking them, an experienced chiropractor will work with your body’s natural systems for relief.

Specific Signs in the Body Saying it’s Time to See a Chiropractor

These symptoms point to being time to see a chiropractor.

  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Weakness in an arm or leg
  • Back pain with no apparent injury that gets worse over time
  • Pain when bending backward at the waist while keeping head and chest neutral

Other signs indications to engage in chiropractic care:

Acute or Chronic Pain

The pain you feel is one of the most challenging experiences to go through. Even with medications, it may not always subside or even lessen. When taking medication such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen (Tylenol), there are only temporary effects that don’t last long enough – unlike hands-on care from a chiropractor, which can offer benefits that will stick around longer than any over-the-counter medicine could provide.

Headache Or Migraine

Headaches are the most common pain in humans. Some may say that a stiff neck can cause headaches, but chiropractors know better than anyone else because some people’s lifestyles and posture cause their stiffness. Chiropractic care is often prescribed to help ease your headache or even eliminate it altogether!

Persistent Neck Pain

Sitting for long periods can lead to neck pain that may further trigger spinal pain, back pains, and headaches. If applying ointments or ice packs doesn’t provide relief, see your local chiropractor right away! A soft neck pillow will help with any discomfort you feel while sitting in the meantime.

Pain management is a multi-solution approach to managing your pain. If you get the relief through medications, yet the problem persists or worsens, visit a professional for some assessment and consultation.

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