In a study performed by a national market research firm for the American Chiropractic Association, it was found that more than 80 percent of those surveyed who suffer from chronic back pain would prefer not to take medication to treat their symptoms. Unfortunately, the majority of people surveyed rely upon some form of medication- over the counter pain relievers, muscle relaxers, or narcotics- to cope with their discomfort.
The survey, which was conducted to better understand chronic back pain sufferers, found that 65 percent of respondents would consider seeking out chiropractic care to help relieve their symptoms. Unfortunately, while almost two out of three people polled reported that they would visit a chiropractor, less than 14 percent of those surveyed were currently receiving chiropractic treatment.
Why You Should Consider Chiropractic Treatment
Numerous studies performed over the years have shown that chiropractic treatment is a safe, effective way to relieve back pain. It’s a non-surgical, drug-free method of health care that can benefit even the youngest of patients.
Chiropractic care is also a complementary therapy that patients can use in addition to other healthcare treatments. It’s very common for patients suffering from back pain to visit their primary care provider, physical therapist and chiropractor to maximize healing.
How Chiropractic Care Works
A Doctor of Chiropractic’s main goal is bringing your musculoskeletal structure into alignment. This is done through strategic adjustments to the spine by applying pressure at specific points. An adjustment can result in great relief for those who suffer from chronic back pain.
Chiropractors care for the whole person. This holistic method of treatment encompasses a patient’s entire body, mind and soul for optimal care. During an examination, a Doctor of Chiropractic assesses the specific point of pain on a patient as well as their overall level of health. After taking everything into account, the chiropractor then develops a treatment plan that’s tailored individually to that patient.
Specific Chiropractic Treatment Plans
While treatment plans differ from person to person, it’s common for a chiropractor to offer nutritional advice, exercise recommendations and lifestyle suggestions to those who suffer from chronic back pain. This holistic approach to a patient’s care can greatly reduce the need for potentially addictive narcotics or surgery.
If you’re suffering from chronic back pain, and are interested in learning more about how to care for your body safely and without medication, make an appointment with your local chiropractor today. There are more options and treatments available for your symptoms than you may be currently aware of.
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