Chiropractic is more than spinal manipulation. More people choose chiropractic for their pain symptoms, conditions, and injuries. Many are exchanging pills and surgery for all-natural non-invasive medicine known as chiropractic. Chiropractors do not prescribe medications and do not perform surgery. But they are trained to recognize when an injury is outside the scope of their practice and will refer an individual to the appropriate medical specialist.
Here are a few reasons why individuals are trying out chiropractic:
The American College of Physicians recommends chiropractic and other non-drug treatments as first-line treatment for chronic and acute low back pain. Spinal manipulation is strongly recommended as natural remedy. It is highly effective when combined with gentle exercises like Pilates, yoga, and tai chi.
The Journal of the American Medical Association cited spinal manipulation as highly beneficial in treating lower back pain. Results consistently show that chiropractic treatment, specifically spinal manipulation, is effective in helping low back pain and improving function while minimizing pain.
In the 2016 Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Report, 95% of people who used chiropractic say it is an effective treatment. 97% said that they would seek chiropractic treatment again if back or neck pain returned. More than half of adults that have never seen a chiropractor said they would seek chiropractic treatment if they developed neck or back pain.
A Consumer Reports survey ranked chiropractic as a top treatment compared to back pain, osteoarthritis, and neck pain relief medications.
Individuals prefer a whole-body approach that includes:
Many said they opted for natural treatments like chiropractic to avoid prescription medication’s harmful and undesirable side effects.
With the Centers for Disease Control declaring prescription abuse an epidemic, individuals are searching for safer options. Natural treatments are becoming more popular to avoid the potential for addiction. And not just addiction but the often side effects that come with prescription meds, like constipation, brain fog, nausea, dry mouth, etc.
Spinal fusion surgery has been on a steep rise, increasing by about 500%. Therefore many are going for natural treatments like chiropractic to avoid surgery. Chiropractic looks at the whole person, along with advice on lifestyle habits, dietary adjustments, and exercise programs. The bottom line is it works. It is less invasive and, yes, drug-free, but most of all, it is effective.
When the vertebrae become misaligned, they place pressure on the nerves and cause pain, swelling, awkward movement/s, etc. This is called a subluxation. Chiropractors use their repertoire of techniques that equal a form of spinal adjustment to treat the subluxations. An adjustment means that the vertebra is returned to the proper position in the spine. When the vertebrae are adjusted, tiny pockets of gas are released from the joints, sometimes making popping/releasing noise. It is the same sound when cracking knuckles.
Individuals with the following conditions have found chiropractic to be helpful:
The main method of treatment is spinal adjustment; many chiropractors use a variety of therapies to treat patients, including:
Chiropractic medicine is more than just spinal manipulation. Chiropractors use a variety of treatments to help the body heal itself and return individuals to a pain-free and healthy life.
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