When the topic of chiropractic therapy comes up, heads turn. Ouch. (Puns intended.)
Chiropractics is a preventative therapeutic practice that consists of spinal adjustments to relieve pain and improve your overall health. Regular sessions can pay off tremendous dividends – without any drugs or surgery.
Chiropractors focus on good health, believing the body can heal itself. The philosophy is to treat the cause of pain rather than mask the symptoms with a drug or other non-curative treatment. Treatments are non-surgical and non-invasive.
To understand chiropractics, it helps to know a little bit about the body’s nervous system. This vast network of spinal nerves receive signals from the brain and transmits the information to every cell, organ, and system of the body, connecting them all.
The nervous system has two parts: 1) The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord. 2) The peripheral nervous system consists of a series of nerves that connects the central nervous system to the various tissues of the body.
A misalignment in the spine is called a subluxation. Imagine a stack of tires. If you pull one of the middle tires to one side of the stack, the other tires on top will follow along with it. Now the upper part of the stack of tires is out of alignment with the lower part. In the case of the human body’s spinal column, pain is the result.
A chiropractor applies pressure with the hands or small instruments to various parts of the body in order to bring the spinal column back into proper alignment. This series of manipulations is called an adjustment. The goal of an adjustment is to restore proper nervous transmission and to assist the body to heal on its own.
Devotees of chiropractic treatments claim relief from a slew of symptoms, including painful joints, back, or headache. Perhaps you’ve heard someone say, “Wow, I really put a kink in my back bowling last night. Better make an appointment with my chiropractor for later today.”
Chiropractors are not medical doctors, but they must earn a Doctor of Chiropractics degree after completing a four-year chiropractics program with both classroom and hands-on training. undergo rigorous training in their discipline. Degree-granting colleges must be accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). Practicing chiropractors must hold a state license.
Dr. Axe lists these conditions that chiropractics can help:
• Back pain
• Bowel regularity
• Improve mental clarity
• Ear infections
• Neck pain
• Arthritis and joint pain
• Blood pressure
• Healthy pregnancy
• Organ function
• Surgery prevention
Chiropractic care can also reduce stress and improve your posture, mood, immune system, and sleep. It has been used effectively to reduce Post Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN) from shingles. Healthline adds:
“Chiropractors can treat conditions ranging from constipation to infant colic to acid reflux. Pregnant women may even seek chiropractic care near delivery time.”
But what about the cost? According to DocShop, “a typical therapy session costs about $65 on average.” An initial assessment visit may be free of charge.
Check your health insurance for chiropractic coverage. This is a great benefit to have included, when shopping for a new policy.
Since chiropractors are individuals, their offices or practice centers vary widely in size and services. Find a therapist who is supportive, “sympatico,” and speaks your language (both literally and figuratively). Try a different provider if you aren’t getting the results you desired or expected.
When in doubt, ask your family, friends, or preferred online search engine for a recommendation or review.
Even severe pain patients like fibromyalgia sufferer Mary Steinhoff, who was featured in a Fox News article, found hope through upper cervical treatment. Her crippling and excruciating condition responded much better to this type of localized manipulation.
Chiropractically speaking, if you live with physical pain, when is your next appointment?