How Does Chiropractic Care Work?
To some, chiropractic care is just something they heard from a friend or the thing you go to if you have back pain. But they don’t really know the way it works and how it benefits you (not just for back pain). In that regard, here is what you need to know about chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care involves no surgery or drugs and only involves a hands-on approach. In fact, “chiro” is a latin prefix from Ancient Greek that means “hand.” Chiropractors use their hands to detect and correct subluxations which are misalignments in the spine.
Treats Many Symptoms
Chiropractic care can treat different symptoms from leg pain to sciatica. Since chiropractic care treats the root of symptoms by restoring function of the central nervous system, patients reap several other benefits from an adjustment such as improving heart rate variability. Other symptoms chiropractic care can treat are:
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Neck pain
- Digestion problems
- Herniated discs
- Sport injuries
Full Spine Assessment
Before beginning your first treatment, a chiropractor will always fully assess your spine. Depending on your symptoms, an x-ray might be taken to identify subluxations and formulate an individualized treatment plan.
Can Be Used By Children
High activity levels of children can lead to subluxations. Chiropractic treatment is recommended only when subluxations are identified. It’s important to correct subluxations even if children don’t feel symptoms, because those misalignments can lead to issues later.
Anything to do with health care usually has a risk. Fortunately chiropractic care has positive facts on its side:
- Fewer than one per million patient visits have a serious adverse event occur during spinal manipulation according to a 2010 report by Chiropractic & Osteopathy.
- There’s more risk in taking a common medication for low back pain, like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) according to a study by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.