How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works by providing support for the master system of the body, the nervous system. Simply put, your brain plays a role in every function of your body. Optimal communication in this bodily system is the secret to longevity and a pain free lifestyle. Many do not realize that pain is the last thing in a series of inflammatory events. By the time you feel pain the problem could have been there for months or even years. Before pain tight muscles and ligaments, nerve inflammation and worse of all suboptimal communication between the brain and various organs, muscles and tissues will occur.
Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Chiropractic is also very gentle. Even so, it's very common to be apprehensive. The most common fear I encounter is fear of the sound of the adjustment. The sound popping or cracking sound is a byproduct of some adjustments, but does not have to occur for the adjustment to take place as this sound is just gases being released quickly from the joint. There are several adjusting techniques that have been shown to be very effective where you will not hear this sound. In order to ensure complete safety a thorough exam is performed on every patient to rule out any red flags and create an ideal treatment plan for each individual.
Can chiropractic help children?
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
Medication vs. Chiropractic Care
Medication only treats the symptoms and not the root cause. Chiropractic can help you heal. In addition, it is important to look at that risk in comparison to other treatments available for the same condition. In this regard, the risks of serious complications from spinal manipulation for conditions such as neck pain and headache compare very favorably with even the most conservative care options. For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain—over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and prescription painkillers—are significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation.
How can chiropractic help during pregnancy?
Many women experience aches and pains associated with pregnancy that they have never experienced before. Chiropractic can help pregnant women adapt more quickly to their body's changing musculoskeletal and metabolic demands. Studies show that chiropractic care throughout pregnancy is associated with decreased labor times and fewer complications.