Thinking of getting a chiropractic adjustment? Click for 6 research-backed benefits you'll want to know!
Dealing with chronic or daily pain is a terrible burden to bear. It’s exhausting to be in pain all the time, and it leaves you unable to do the things you love or spend time with your family. Instead, you have to choose between taking pills that leave you in a fog or sitting at home in pain all the time.
But with proper chiropractic treatments, you may be able to banish the pain and get your life back. And while a chiropractic adjustment can’t cure every woe, there is solid science saying it can help with the following problems.
What Is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustment, more formally known as spinal manipulation, is a popular treatment method for treating pain. A chiropractor will use their hands or an instrument to apply sudden force to a joint. Basically, they’re popping your back in a controlled way that helps improve spinal motion and relieve pain.
It’s important when you seek out a chiropractor that you go to someone who is properly trained and licensed. But regular sessions with a trained chiropractor can make a world of difference in your pain levels.
1. Low Back Pain
Low back pain can make everything from driving to sitting at work to walking around the grocery store painful. There are many things that can cause you to have low back pain, including aging, pregnancy, tension, and even cancer. No matter what the cause, if you find yourself laying on the floor for an hour or two every day trying to straighten out your low back, you might want to visit a chiropractor.
Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to be effective at relieving low back pain. This holds true for short-term, long-term, and chronic back pain conditions. In general, practitioners recommend using chiropractic treatments alongside some other treatments, including traditional therapies.
2. Neck Pain
Neck pain is a frequent symptom of being an adult in our demanding, fast-paced society. Stress can lead to muscle tension, which can cause pain, and too many of us spend our days craning our necks to see our computers. We wind up stretching our necks and popping painkillers trying to deal with the problem.
Instead, try scheduling a chiropractic appointment. According to some studies with the NIH, a chiropractic adjustment can help relieve neck pain. In addition to helping with chronic neck pain, they can also improve symptoms of severe whiplash. Both of these treatments work better when combined with exercise, so ask your chiropractor about gentle workouts that will improve your results.
From sinus headaches to tension headaches to migraines to my-boss-is-making-me-crazy headaches, we all have days when our head hurts. But if you find that you’re fighting headaches more than a couple of times a week, there may be a more serious problem. It’s important to visit your primary care physician to make sure the headaches aren’t a symptom of something more serious, but after that, you should see a chiropractor.
Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can be especially effective in fighting migraines. As anyone who has suffered them knows, these events can be crippling and can lead to time away from work, as well as just being miserable. Chiropractic care can also help with headaches caused by other problems in the spine.
4. Extremity Conditions
There are a number of conditions that fit under the general class “extremity conditions.” In essence, they boil down to pain in joints around your body. This can include tennis elbow, shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain, arthritis, and foot pain.
There are fewer studies surrounding chiropractic treatment for extremity conditions than back pain. But the studies that have been done have been promising; these approaches can be as effective as conventional therapies. If you’re suffering from joint pain anywhere on your body, see if a chiropractor can help.
There are few things worse than dealing with dizziness and vertigo, especially if they’re chronic. One particular type of dizziness, cervicogenic dizziness, can come with neck pain and a headache. It’s caused by whiplash and other neck problems, head injury, and/or brain injury.
Cervicogenic dizziness is notoriously difficult to treat in part because it can be the result of so many things. But chiropractic treatments have proved effective in improving the symptoms of the disease. It’s the only nonmusculoskeletal condition for which chiropractic treatment has been proven to work.
6. Mid Back Pain
Mid back pain covers any painful area from the base of your neck to the bottom of your rib cage. This can happen as a result of a variety of things: overuse, poor posture, a vertebra fracture, arthritis, and myofascial pain, to name a few. Depending on your situation, chiropractic treatments can help get you some relief.
There haven’t been many large placebo-controlled studies on chiropractic care for mid back pain yet. Most studies tend to focus on low back and neck pain. But the early results are promising, and there is a call for more studies on these treatment options.
Start Living Pain-Free
When you go in for a chiropractic adjustment, it’s important to remember that this is a medical treatment like any other. It may not fix everything on the first try, and it’s important to go to a reputable practitioner and follow their advice. If you go in with those expectations, you may find that chiropractic care can give you back a pain-free life again.
If you’d like to get started living pain-free today, get in touch with us at Smith Chiropractic. We offer the highest quality chiropractic care, as well as sports medicine and massage therapy. Contact us today to get back on the road to wellness.