The range and scope of healthcare professionals available to you can be dizzying. Sometimes the hardest part of getting treatment is getting to the right person. When you have a bad back, do you need an osteopath, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a rheumatologist, radiologist, masseur?
Stop, breathe, cut through the jargon. If you have back or joint pain, try a chiropractor. This is their field; they have had specialist training, they have access to diagnostic tools, they provide holistic person-centered care, and they will always refer you on to allied healthcare professionals if you need something out of their remit.
There are lots of reasons to book a visit to a chiropractor. It’s a safe, non-invasive experience aimed at improving your mobility and quality of life, and preventing or reducing pain.
Back, neck, joint and muscle pain can be draining, miserable, even debilitating. You might feel like you’ve tried everything. You might yourself needing more and more painkillers. You might have just become used to functioning through pain and injury so that now it feels like it’s just part of everyday life. But it doesn’t have to be. You shouldn’t be in pain every day.
This is the time to see a qualified chiropractor. A chiropractor is an expert on finding the cause of these kinds of pain and actually treating the root of the problem. The plan of care they recommend is based on up-to-date evidence, clinical trials, and extensive training and experience.
Treat the root of the problem, and the symptoms will disappear. Anyone can go to the chiropractor and get a thorough appraisal of their condition, and an individually tailored road to recovery.
A chiropractor can help with joint and muscle pain, and by identifying and treating the cause of the problem can reduce or eradicate the need for other treatments, saving money and improving your mobility and quality of life. By reducing the need for painkillers, chiropractic treatment will also have the knock-on benefit of reducing the nasty side effects of those medications. Chiropractors practice drug-free, non-invasive, low-risk treatment with proven results.
…and in health
Chiropractors aren’t just for people who already have problems. Prevention is always better than cure, and chiropractors are experts in avoiding problems relating to the spine, joints, and associated muscles.
It might seem counterintuitive to consult a healthcare professional when you’re not unwell, but a chiropractor’s advice can help to prevent all kinds of problems. Back pain and related issues are incredibly prevalent worldwide and are associated with a reduction in quality of life, loss of income, weight gain and loss of muscle mass, and many attendant health conditions. Back problems can come from our lifestyles, not just from accidents or injuries.
Everyone is at risk of problems caused by injury, or just the ordinary wear and tear our bodies are subject to. Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are commonplace, but they don’t have to be; a lot of the time they can be prevented with simple advice. A thing as sitting at a desk all day at work puts you at risk of back problems. Repetitive or strenuous activity, heavy lifting or continuously picking up your children, all the normal, essential, day-to-day stresses and strains we put on our bodies put us at risk of back problems. An expert appraisal of our daily activities can provide us with invaluable insight into our risk factors for serious problems. A chiropractor will pick up on things that we wouldn’t notice in ourselves, and give advice on small, simple changes we can make to prevent problems in the future. They’ll consider our posture, work and leisure activities, medical history and other health problems, even driving position. It’s far better to get some health and lifestyle advice now than to deal with a preventable and painful condition in the future.
Should you see a chiropractor? The Facts:
Chiropractic Treatment is Effective
Whether you’re looking for treatment for a back, joint, or muscular condition you’re already suffering, or just looking for some advice to prevent future problems, a chiropractor can help. There’s now a huge body of evidence showing the efficacy of chiropractic treatment for mechanical back and neck pain, and related headaches, joint and muscle pain. The internet can be a powerful tool when it comes to researching health topics, but it can also take you down the dangerous path of search-engine self-diagnosis. A chiropractor will be able to signpost you to the studies and evidence relevant to your particular condition, and any treatment they provide will be based on the best available medical evidence and clinical studies. Your chiropractor will also be clear about the limits, as well as the benefits, of chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic Treatment is Cost-Effective
A visit to the chiropractor probably won’t set you back as much as you might think, and has the benefit of being a good preventative to more costly and potentially debilitating problems. A chiropractor will never suggest more treatment than they think you really need. Any good healthcare practitioner doesn’t want to see you more than they have to… it’s not personal, it just means that you’re a successful case!
Chiropractic Treatment is Safe
Your chiropractor will always tell you the risks associated with any procedure, investigation, or maneuver. Usually, with chiropractic treatment, these risks are very small and outweighed by the benefits you’re likely to get from treatment. Your chiropractor will keep you fully informed about whatever is happening and will always ensure you’re comfortable with their treatment, both physically and emotionally.
Chiropractic Treatment is for Everyone
A chiropractor can assess and suggest treatment for a range of musculoskeletal conditions. They will take lots of variables in your life into account, and will provide tailored treatment specific to you. Chiropractors treat people suffering from a whole range of other medical problems too, and there should be no barrier to your treatment posed by your other conditions, age, infirmity, or any other variable in your life. As healthcare professionals, chiropractors must provide their care in an unbiased and inclusive manner.