Chiropractic care is widely considered to be one of the safest therapies available for those who suffer from neck pain, back pain, headaches, joint difficulties, and many other neuro-musculoskeletal ailments. Because it’s a noninvasive, drug-free approach to health, almost anyone can benefit from chiropractic treatments.
While there are risks associated with any type of medical treatment, chiropractic care’s side effects are considered to be rare and very mild. After an adjustment, some patients may experience slight discomfort or tenderness, which is similar to that felt after exercising. This typically fades within 24 hours or so.
Chiropractic care isn’t just safe, it’s also effective. Studies have shown that patients who received chiropractic treatment for lower back pain report a greater reduction in symptoms a year later than those who received more traditional medical care.
The “Alternative” Label
It’s always surprising to me that chiropractic care, with its focus on nutrition, exercise, and helping the body learn to heal itself, is considered to be an alternative method of health care, and therefore looked at with suspicion while so-called “traditional” methods like pain pills and surgery are considered by many to be the most natural way to care for the body. Care should begin at the least invasive, most conservative level and then grow from there. Too often, we jump right into surgeries and prescription medication without even attempting a more conservative treatment method.
What Does a Spinal Adjustment Feel Like?
A spinal adjustment often results in an immediate sense of relief. Typically, your chiropractor will ask you to lie on a table and will then use his or her hands to feel along your spine, searching out subluxations. When an area needs to be adjusted, your chiropractor will do so with a quick, gentle pressing motion. While many people refer to this as “cracking” the back, there is nothing in your back cracking. The sound that accompanies an adjustment is just fluid and gases being released from the joint.
While every medical tradition has certain health risks, chiropractic care is one of the safest methods available. Your chiropractor is a highly educated individual who understands your body and how it responds to stress, diet, exercise and other factors.
If you’ve never visited a chiropractor before, you may want to make an appointment to talk to a chiropractic team on your own. They will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about this branch of safe, natural health care.
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