Many people only think of visiting a chiropractor as a last resort. However, chiropractor care can be one of the best treatment options available. Because chiropractic procedures remained on the fringe of medical care for so many years, and only recently became accepted as a sound treatment option, there are many chiropractic myths and truths. Here are five things you may not know about chiropractic care.
1) Chiropractors are Highly Trained Healthcare Professionals
Chiropractors are highly educated and specialized healthcare professionals. A Doctor of Chiropractic, or D.C., degree requires at least three years of undergraduate study and then completion of a four-year graduate program. Some chiropractors earn additional certifications for treating pregnant women.
2) Chiropractic Care Should be Tried Before Drugs or Surgery
As the old saying goes, “A doctor will prescribe for a headache and a surgeon will want to operate.” However, these first go-to options are often not the best course of treatment. Regrettably, all too often patients only seek out a chiropractor, almost as a means of last resort, after the standard options fail to provide relief. However, because it is a natural and non-invasive treatment, chiropractic care should always be tried first, not last.
3) Chiropractors are More than Back Pain Specialists
While most people may believe chiropractor care only deals with back pain, there are several health issues chiropractic care can resolve or improve symptoms for. Some of these include:
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Ear infections
• Improved immune system functioning
• Sciatica pain
• Shoulder, hip and knee pain
4) Sitting and Poor Posture are the Causes of Most Back Pain
The human body was designed to move, not sit in a chair all day. As evidence, 13 different studies showed that people who sit for over eight hours a day had the same health risks as heavy smokers.
Over half of all working Americas experience some back pain, causing them to lose over 260 million workdays each year. Additionally, things like slouching, lack of exercise, and its first cousin obesity all contribute to back pain.
5) Your Back Pain Might Not be in Your Back
Back pain can be originating from many causes from strained muscles to cancer. This is why a skilled chiropractor will do a thorough evaluation that may include imaging diagnostics to confirm the problem isn’t something more serious. Infection, kidney stones, appendicitis, endometriosis in women and prostate cancer in men, Fibromyalgia, a tumor near the spine or an aortic aneurysm can all be causes of back pain. While back pain from most of these issues is rare, it does happen, and your chiropractor will be able to diagnose your condition accurately.
If you are experiencing pain and have never been to a chiropractor before, give our Brookfield Chiropractic Care office a call. Our professionally trained staff will show you just how safe and effective chiropractic care is, and we promise to always make your health our top priority.