Millions of Americans visit a chiropractor every year. Many are seeking an alternative relief to aches and pains that they are dealing with. People suffering from back pain often will go into their chiropractor’s office for an adjustment. Some people who are dealing with headaches and neck problems will also talk about needing an adjustment. So what is the science behind the technique? How do chiropractors help people let go of the pain they are dealing with?
Chiropractic care is all about the realignment of the musculoskeletal system to reorient the body correctly. The idea is that when things are in the correct alignment, especially the spine, the body is better able to heal itself. This means that more healing comes from the body itself instead of undergoing surgery or taking medications. Generally, this type of care is also less expensive than other forms of treatment. Consult with your doctor and your chiropractor to determine if chiropractic care may be an option for you.
Before beginning any treatment, chiropractors will perform a thorough physical to identify any reason chiropractic care might not be right for you. Medical history is taken into account and a treatment plan is outlined for each patient. Ask questions about the care you are receiving and what to expect from treatment. If chiropractic care is not right for you, alternative resources may be made known to you.
The hands-on type of manipulation of the human body to bring it back into proper alignment can be quite startling for those who have not had much chiropractic experience beforehand. Movement can be returned to stiff joints, back pain eased, and even TMJ treated in the hands of a well trained chiropractor. This is usually done by applying a sudden, but well controlled force to the correct part of the body. This can produce a ‘pop’ or ‘crackle’ in the body as it is manipulated into the correct alignment. If you are being treated for a specific type of injury or condition, such as TMJ it is worth your time to look into finding a specialist in the area to ensure that you are receiving the best care.
To avoid any confusion that some may have, a chiropractic adjustment is not a massage. Chiropractors deal with the musculoskeletal system, primarily the hard tissues of the body such as the joints and spine. Massages deal with the soft tissues of the body. Each type of care has its place, to find out what is the right care for you, talk to your chiropractor to design an individualized treatment plan.