Over the last few decades, chiropractic has become a highly-respected health care profession, within the mainstream medical system. Chiropractic care is an extremely safe treatment method and when it comes to back pain, chiropractors are the referral of choice by the medical establishment. For those who may be unfamiliar with this form of healthcare, let’s take a closer look at what a chiropractor does and the benefits of chiropractic treatment.
What is Chiropractic?
While the perception that chiropractic treats back pain is not wrong, practitioners of chiropractic care do so much more than just “crack backs.”
The World Health Organization defines the scope of chiropractic care as the “diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health.” As you can see here, chiropractic treats the entire neuromusculoskeletal system, i.e. all the nerves and muscles in the body. Additionally, chiropractors look further than that, specifically at how problems with your nerves, muscles, and joints may lead to other issues that affect your general health.
This connection between the neuromusculoskeletal system and the health of your whole body is fundamentally important to a chiropractor. While a chiropractor is an expert at treating your back and neck pain, their longer-term goal is bigger than that: they aim to restore and preserve health.
Why Do You Need Chiropractic Care?
For the majority of people, their first experience with chiropractic is usually after they suffer a back injury or car accident that leaves them suffering from whiplash and neck pain. Frequent, debilitating headaches are another reason why someone may turn to a chiropractor for help.
Chiropractic care is highly recommended for back and neck pain. However, it may also be appropriate for many other health issues.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) states that researchers have looked into “spinal manipulation for a number of conditions ranging from back, neck, and shoulder pain to asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and headaches. Much of the research has focused on low-back pain, and has shown that spinal manipulation appears to benefit some people with this condition.”
Scientific Research on Chiropractic
The NCCIH states that “a 2010 review of scientific evidence on manual therapies for a range of conditions concluded that spinal manipulation/mobilization may be helpful for several conditions in addition to back pain, including migraine and cervicogenic (neck-related) headaches, neck pain, upper- and lower-extremity joint conditions, and whiplash-associated disorders.”
So if you have back or neck pain, chiropractic care is highly recommended. In addition, if you suffer from shoulder pain, asthma, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, migraines or headaches, chiropractic treatment could be the answer you are looking for.
Chiropractic: A Safe and Drug-Free Alternative
Chiropractic practice emphasizes conservative management of the neuromusculoskeletal system, without the use of drugs and surgery. Some people prefer not to take pain medication, which can be highly addictive and comes with side-effects. Invasive surgery is also something that people prefer to avoid wherever possible. For sufferers of both acute or chronic (long-term) pain in the lower back, neck or other areas of the body, chiropractic offers a very safe, effective alternative to other pain relief treatments.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook