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Top 5 benefits of seeing a chiropractor

More of us are using chiropractic care to look after our backs, shoulders and necks. Not just restricted to those with injuries or agonising spinal pain, however, people continue to receive treatment for many other reasons, including slight ‘tune-ups’ and constant migraines.

1. Back and neck pain

The main reason many people visit chiropractors is to receive pain relief in their necks, shoulders, backs and legs. This may have occurred from one specific incident or it may have worsened over time. Through a program of chiropractic care, agonising pain can disappear.

2. Chiropractic care gets to the root of the problem

Unlike some quick-fixes, such as prescription drugs, one of the key chiropractic benefits is that it not only alleviates any pain, but, through a treatment program, a chiropractor can identify exactly how a pain is caused, focusing on the nervous system. Through this analysis, they can work to treat any disorders discovered on someone’s nervous system and, by realigning the spine, they can, in turn, reduce the pain felt by the patient.

3. Good posture

Somewhat linked to this is the necessity of good posture. Whatever someone’s work environment is, it probably is the main cause for their bad posture, particularly if they are spending hours a day behind a desk. The hunched over position is one that is incredibly detrimental to thousands of people, creating pressure on the back of their necks and moving their heads from their true centre of gravity. All of this brings unnecessary strain on the neck and upper spine. A chiropractor, however, can realign any parts out of place and, with sensible stretching and exercise; ensure you will not need any further treatment.

4. Mental health bonuses

As well as being healthy in the physical sense of the word, chiropractic care can make someone healthy on the inside. By realigning vertebra into their natural position, a chiropractor can allow a clearer blood flow which can then relieve any stress or anxiety a patient might be feeling. Again, this depends on them assessing the condition of the nervous system and rectifying it accordingly.

5. Less likely to need further treatment

Although a treatment program for chiropractic care can take place over a number of sessions, it is quite rare for one person to return to a chiropractor for further action, after their initial appointments are over. As stated before, the root of the problem is identified early on in the process and is therefore treated until both the chiropractor and patient are both happy with the result. It is possible, of course, for a person to return because their vertebra may need to be realigned for a different reason. But, once initial treatment has concluded, a patient will be well on their way to a pain-free life.

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Debunking chiropractic myths

Despite being around for over a century, chiropractic care is still greeted with some scepticism. With approximately 3,000 registered chiropractors in the UK, it is hard to question the success of the field, even in the face of limited input from the NHS, and, if you should mention it to an experienced medical practitioner, you may be met with raised eyebrows.

But, that seems a little unfair, doesn’t it?

Here, we tackle some of the popular misconceptions and surprising factors that continue to dog the field of chiropractic care:

1. You must be referred to a chiropractor by your doctor.

No. Chiropractors are independent practitioners who can be approached by whoever needs their services. As part of a health plan (depending, of course, on your condition), your GP may suggest seeing a chiropractor for a number of different reasons. But, this is also a notion you may have on your own, meaning the only waiting list you will be on is the chiropractor’s own. It is sometimes suggested you discuss your options with your GP, but if you have already exhausted painkillers, it might be time to book an appointment with a registered chiropractor.

2. Chiropractors aren’t doctors, so why should I trust them?

You are right. Chiropractors are not medically trained doctors. They cannot diagnose you, but they know your spine inside and out. It is, after years of training, their area of complete expertise and they know how best to treat you, whatever your condition.
Many chiropractors enhance their practise further by completing specialist postgraduate courses so that they can treat people under the age of 18.

3. The process is painful

If you have never been to a chiropractor before, you may have seen it in a film and believe it to be the equivalent of a rough massage. With characters groaning in agony/ecstasy, you may even think that, in order for chiropractic treatment to be successful, it has to hurt.
However, adjustments of your joints generally do not hurt. It is more a case of eliminating pain that has been hindering you and your life up until the appointment.

4. You must keep going back to the chiropractor

Again, no. Your first appointment is to agree a treatment plan with your chiropractor and the number of sessions after that depends on your condition. The plan is something that is to be done WITH you and not to you. The relationship between yourself and the professional should be a partnership that can be ended at any time, if you feel like its run its course. Despite this, they do want the best for you and will work to relieve you of any pain you have been feeling.