The American Chiropractic Association reports that chiropractors are “doctors of chiropractic care educated as primary-contact health care providers”. Their training focuses on the health of the musculoskeletal system and healing problems with the back and spine using natural methods instead of surgery or narcotics. Find out what the most common treatments are that chiropractors use, how they work and how patients benefit from this care!
Back Pain and Back Injuries
Did you know that the back is one of the areas of the body most commonly injured? The risk for injury grows with age and will also depend on your lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and chronic conditions. The American Chiropractic Association reports that pain in the lumbar spine—or lower back—is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. It’s the most common reason that workers take sick days. At least ½ of working Americans have reported having various types of back pain while on the job.
Back pain and injuries can manifest various types of symptoms such as:
- Pops, cracks or noises when you move that weren’t previously there
- Pain that is either better or worse after resting or exercising
- Stiffness around the spine or in the muscles near the spine
- Back spasms that can make it difficult to stand, move or sit
- Neuropathy symptoms such as numbness, tingling or chronic pain
- Stiffness in the spine, back or neck
- Inflammation that happens in the back that is either visible or felt (or both)
A back injury can happen from major events like car accidents or it can happen by simply bending over to pick something up. Often, back injuries happen without something major happening, as many back injuries develop over time.
What Is a Chiropractor?
Chiropractic care is a field of healthcare outside of hospitals and primary care centers. Chiropractors work closely with other doctors to help patients heal from injuries, deal with chronic conditions and ailments, or prevent injuries from happening. These are medical professionals that have to complete a 4-year doctoral graduate degree in order to become “Doctors of Chiropractic” (DC) or chiropractic physicians. Total, that is 4 years of undergraduate training and at least 4 years of post-graduate schooling. The U.S. Department of Education runs all chiropractic training schools and programs.
Chiropractors will spend all their years of training focusing on the musculoskeletal system of the body. They treat musculoskeletal disorders through chiropractic manipulations to adjust the joints and bones of the spine and neck. This is because a healthy back will follow specific straight lines. With movement over time, and especially with sports or active lifestyles, the back and spine can move out of proper alignment. This leads to easy injuries, long recovery times and reinjury in the future. Chiropractors want to prevent and treat those cases as quickly and naturally as possible.
Chiropractic care is an alternative form of medicine that doesn’t use narcotic painkillers or surgery to fix a health problem. It relies on realigning the back and spine and placing the parts of your body all back into their proper place so your body functions smoothly. A chiropractor must learn all the muscles, ligaments, bones, tendons and more in your body. They use that information to place you in various positions to move joints here and there until they pop or fall back to a normal position.
Often, patients will come into the office in pain and leave the office feeling like a new person. We couple gentle manipulations with massage therapy, trigger point therapy, posture rebalancing, electrostimulation and more so any injuries or atrophies are treated as your body realigns itself. It’s one of the best health services you can invest without surgery, recovery time periods or narcotic use, which is why so many people like it.
Why Should You Seek Chiropractic Care?
Our patients invest in our chiropractic care for many different reasons. Chiropractic care can help a myriad of health problems or low-grade health issues. If you have some of these, consider the benefits chiropractic care would give you:
- Back pain. This is an obvious one. We know a healthy back needs to follow a straight line and the amount of injuries and joint deterioration will diminish with proper spinal manipulation. If you experience lower back pain, chiropractic care can definitely help relieve that pain.
- Neck pain. Because the neck is connected to the back, it often gets the strain and pain of back issues. Relief it with chiropractic manipulation.
- Headaches/Migraines. Built up pressure in the head/neck can cause frequent migraines and even daily headaches. Relieving that pressure can reduce your headaches and tense muscles.
- Neuropathy. Chiropractic care is a common treatment that helps boost circulation of the blood while reducing pressure on the joints and strained muscles. Pinched nerves, bulging discs and other conditions can cause neuropathy but can be treated with chiropractic medicine.
- Pregnancy Back Pain. Chiropractic manipulation is safe for pregnancy and can help reduce the intense back or pelvic pain experienced.
- Improved Performance. Stuck joints or those out of place can reduce your flexibility and range-of-motion. If you’re an athlete, get frequent readjustments to stay on top of your game.
- Whiplash. When an accident or simple fender bender leaves you with pain, that pain can last for weeks or many months. You can heal quicker with chiropractic rehabilitative therapy.
These are only a few reasons to seek chiropractic care. Because this treatment is natural and drugless, you can only benefit from the way your health improves. To have your free consultation, call Spine Correction Center of the Rockies today at (970) 658-5115!