Should I See A Chiropractor?
The first step in determining whether you need to see a chiropractor is understanding what a chiropractor does.
A chiropractic physician specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of neuromuscular conditions.
They use adjustments, soft tissue work, rehabilitation exercises, nutrition advice, and lifestyle changes to address each patient’s unique situation. Examples of conditions they treat are:
- neck pan
- low back pain
- plantar fasciitis
- knee pain
- shoulder pain
- sports injuries
- and most commonly subluxations
Subluxations are a condition of the spine in which alignment, movement integrity, and physiological functions are compromised due to functional, structural, and/or pathological changes within the joint.
If you’re suffering from one of these conditions or another chronic condition that has an unexplained cause you may benefit from seeing a chiropractor. A chiropractor will make sure your whole body is in alignment as well as your specific problem area(s). Having proper alignment of your joints has been shown to increase function, range of motion, and overall wellness as well as decrease pain and nerve dysfunction.
There are certain conditions you should let your chiropractor know about before starting care if you have them including: advanced osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, past spinal surgeries, disc bulges/herniations, congenital anomalies, and acute injuries/broken or fractured bones. At this point if you’re still unsure whether a chiropractor can help you or not the best way to find out would be to call the office you’re considering going to and setting up a consultation with the chiropractor there. They will be able to tell you whether chiropractic care can help you or not and if not, they will be able to refer you to who can help.