The majority of Americans surveyed replied that they prefer to seek alternative treatments such as chiropractic care for their neck and back pain. In fact, over 20 million Americans visit Chiropractors on a yearly basis. Of the 20 million, almost 8 million are seeking pain relief from pain resulting from car accidents, injuries and muscle strains. With the popularity of this alternative health care, there are many who want to know what is chiropractic care?
The Definition of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care uses spinal adjustments and other hands on techniques to help properly align the body. The theory is that when the body is aligned correctly, it has the ability to heal itself without the use of dangerous invasive procedures and/or medications.
Spinal adjustments can be used to help restore a patient’s mobility if their joints have restricted movement due to tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by:
- Repetitive stress
- Bad posture
What is chiropractic care? It is used a form of alternative pain relief for connective tissue, muscles, bones and joints. Chiropractic care can also be used in combination with conventional medicine.
What Is Chiropractic Care For Back Pain?
The first thing that the chiropractor will do during the first appointment is take the patient’s medical history. A physical exam will then be performed, and lab tests may also be ordered. The tests will help the chiropractor diagnose the problem as well as determine which type of treatment will be the most effective.
The treatment plan may include more than one spinal adjustment session. During these treatment sessions, the chiropractor will use one or more adjustment techniques to improve the patient’s range of motion as well as quality of motion. Nutritional counseling and/or exercise recommendations may also be prescribed to the patient. The goal of this alternative care is to help restore function and prevent additional injury.
What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages?
Chiropractic care is considered to be safe and also effective for those who suffer with lower back pain. Acute pain affects more people than chronic pain. Acute pain typically lasts no longer than a few months and generally improves over time.
This care is also effective at treating headaches, osteoarthritis and neck pain. However, studies are inconclusive as to whether this care is effective for sclerotherapy.
What is chiropractic care? It is an increasingly preferred alternative treatment for those who want to avoid the side effects associated with traditional medicine.
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