By: Corey Nakata
Chiropractic is a field of therapy that focuses primarily on the neuromusculoskeletal systems and on the treatment of back pain, neck pain, joint pain or misalignment and headaches. Chiropractors’ knowledge also expands to the treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal, muscle, ligament, and joint disorders. They may also consult a patient on dietary, nutritional, exercise, and ergonomic lifestyle changes to improve patient health. The main procedure of chiropractic therapy is the chiropractic adjustment. In a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor will manipulate the patient’s joints and spine using either their hands or an instrument to help restore function to the affected areas. The benefits of the adjustment can be felt almost immediately. A chiropractic adjustment rarely comes with pain or discomfort during or after an adjustment, and is considered one of the safest, non-invasive therapies for neck, back, and joint discomfort with the only common adverse effect being minor soreness that lasts for no more than 24 hours. There are other rare complications that may occur during a chiropractic adjustment, which has few contraindications.
There are many benefits to seeing a chiropractor versus using a more conventional treatment for pain. For patients with chronic back pain, chiropractic therapy can be an alternative to using conventional pain medications. Many patients also find chiropractic to be more interactive and gives them a better sense of control in their treatment. With an adjustment there may be a pop or snap that is heard when a gas bubble is released from a joint. Hearing this gives patients an audible sign that their body is undergoing a change and their condition is improving. A patient does not require a medical referral to see a chiropractor and a visit to a licensed chiropractor may be covered by many insurance plans. Before visiting a chiropractor be sure to verify that your insurance covers a visit. Unlike most medical specialists that require appointments to be made weeks in advance, an appointment with a chiropractor can be easily made with a simple phone call and can be seen in a much shorter time span.
In closing, chiropractic therapy can be an excellent alternative for treating skeletal pain from when compared to conventional methods. Its hands-on, non-invasive approach to treating pain has a holistic feel to it that empowers patients and provides them with a more personal healing environment with strong physician-patient interactions.
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