Chiropractic care is the first choice of many when they are searching for a drug-free alternative to help relieve pain in the back, neck or other parts of their body.
Chiropractors treat pain by manipulating or adjusting the spine and joints to properly align the musculoskeletal structure of the body. Pain is relieved when mobility is restored to the joints that have been restricted by tissue injury caused by a fall or by repetitive stress, such as sitting for a long period of time with bad posture, hunched over a computer. Some people may be reluctant to go see a chiropractor as they are not sure how many times they will need to go for treatment. Here, we break it down to give you a clear overview of what happens when you visit a chiropractor.
Initial Consultation with a Chiropractor
Chiropractors are highly-trained healthcare professionals. During the initial visit, the chiropractor takes the time to ask you questions not only about your injury or what is causing you pain, but they also want to know your full health history as well as gather information about your occupation and lifestyle.
Why Is This Important?
In order for a chiropractor to give you an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, background and lifestyle information is very important. Consider this: there is no point in treating someone for pain without knowing that the root cause of the problem is poor posture due to their occupation. This is what medical doctors tend to do. Without asking too many questions, they write a prescription for an anti-inflammatory or pain relief medication. However, this type of treatment merely serves as a band-aid. It is a temporary fix but does nothing to prevent it from happening again. Prevention is where chiropractors excel. They have a deep understanding of the body’s muscle and bone structure and how to prevent pain or repetitive stress injuries from reoccurring.
How Many Chiropractic Treatments are Required?
Based on all the detailed information gathered, a full diagnosis is given and the chiropractor will give you a clear treatment plan. For some people it may be once a week for a specific period of time; for others, it could be more, depending on the severity of the problem. You can be confident in the knowledge that because a chiropractor takes the time to gather information about you, they design a treatment plan that is specifically customized for your needs. There is no one-size-fits-all protocol. In addition to manual manipulation, a chiropractor may also recommend other types of therapies that may include, but is not limited to, ultrasound, microamperage neural stimulation, Bemer Therapy, cryotherapy or moist heat therapy.
Chiropractic Medicine as Preventive Care
Many professional and amateur athletes visit their chiropractor on a regular basis. They include chiropractic care as part of their training and recovery regimen. Even if you are not an athlete, if you are someone who takes care of your health, regular wellness visits to a chiropractor can keep your body in optimal shape and prevent injury or inflammation to your back, neck or joints before they happen.
Chiropractic for Chronic Pain
Chiropractic treatment has been shown to be an effective treatment for frequent headaches or migraines. People who suffer from this type of pain often make chiropractic treatment part of their weekly or monthly healthcare protocol. They prefer to use chiropractic over pain medication which often comes with side-effects and other health risks. Chiropractic offers a natural, drug-free alternative and is often a life-saver to long-term sufferers of migraines.
Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health is a highly experienced chiropractor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful chiropractic solutions that result in peace of mind and well-being. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic care, there are many ways to get in touch with us. You can call our dedicated, friendly staff at 407-656-0390, send us an email at email@example.com or message us on Facebook