Typically, when someone thinks of a chiropractor, they immediately think of the back and pain specialists. It is true chiropractors have a lot of experience treating neck and back pain (& injuries). They are highly trained to diagnose the pain's specific cause and provide conservative yet effective, non-surgical, and medication-free therapies. This is particularly important because some physicians prescribe potentially addictive opioids for pain or invasive surgery.
Neck and back pain is only one of the signs you should see a chiropractor.
Chiropractors are the experts on the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves to limbs and organs). This means chiropractors provide care for patients suffering from:
Headaches: Misalignment in the neck or spine may be one reason for pain from chronic headaches. A chiropractor can relieve your headaches by improving blood flow throughout your body. Improving blood flow will help increase the amount of oxygen supplied to your brain.
Muscle and joint pain and stiffness: Your pain may be due to a musculoskeletal alignment issue. A misalignment can cause your pain to restrict your range of motion. Adjustments improve your nerve conductivity to your joints and muscles and improve various pain including carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, hip, knee, or ankle pain.
Sharp pains within extremities: If you have sharp, shooting pains in your legs or notice tingling or weakness, it may indicate that you are suffering from a pinched nerve or slipped disc. A spinal adjustment can help alleviate pressure on the nerve that is causing these shooting pains.
By understanding how a chiropractor can benefit your overall well-being, you can get the help you need when you need it.
Visiting a chiropractor should not stop once the pain is gone or lessened. Chiropractors can aid in supporting a lifetime of wellness and prevention from more serious issues in the future!