Is chiropractic effective?
The short answer is YES. Below are several research studies supporting this.
"Reduced odds of surgery were observed for...those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers [with back injuries] who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor."
Keeney et al (2012), Spine
"Patients who saw a chiropractor as their initial provider for low back pain (LBP) had 90% decreased odds of both early and long-term opioid use. "
Kazis et al. (2019), BMJ Open
In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to chiropractic, physical therapy or general practitioner care in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measured showed that chiropractic care resulted in faster recovery than physical therapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the chiropractic-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physical therapy or general practitioner care.
Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal
Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Chiropractic works by restoring your spinal alignment, thereby improving overall joint health. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with Chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference by misaligned vertebrae is removed, thus allowing optimal nervous system function and improved health.
Why should I see a Chiropractor?
Seeing a chiropractor is not only for back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Any joint in the body benefit from chiropractic. Think shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to keep your body at its peak performance through nutrition, adjustments and overall wellness.
What is Subluxation?
When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This is the cause of many pinched nerves and headaches (reduced blood flow to the brain).
How does chiropractic care work?
Chiropractic adjustments work by realigning the joints of the body Uneven pressure on a joint over time can do severe joint damage. This joint damage is often treated with opioids and surgery. With regular chiropractic care you can keep your body running at its healthiest.
While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.
While it's often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors can treat most soft and hard tissue problems.
What is a chiropractic adjustment? Is it safe?
Adjustments are the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.
When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak.
An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.
What can I expect from my visit to a chiropractor?
Going to the Chiropractor is a new experience for many of us. Maybe we've heard through a friend or have done some research online. It's possible that you are just fed up with living in pain and it's time to do something about it. In either case, your first visit to the chiropractor will really be about getting to know the chiropractor and discussing your history, current condition and goals.
What results can I expect from treatment?
Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to improve joint health. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these imbalances and allow the body to perform as it was meant to.
If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, have bad posture, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to a misalignment.
Allowing a chiropractor to get you back on track structurally will allow your body to perform at its peak.