Five Signs You Should See a Chiropractor
Many people only think about seeing a chiropractor after something has gone terribly wrong. Maybe they’ve been in a car accident or slipped on a patch of ice and hurt their back. Maybe they woke up one morning with a stiff neck that just won’t go away, or maybe their regular doctor has been unable to cure what ails them. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that most people think of chiropractic medicine as a cure for something that’s wrong instead of a way to prevent things from going wrong in the first place.
While a chiropractor will be able to help you overcome pain and other symptoms resulting from an injury or accident, visiting a doctor of chiropractic medicine is also a great way to prevent many types of injuries.
Contact Ross Chiropractic & Wellness today to learn how we can not only help you recover from a current injury, but also help ensure that you avoid common injuries in the future.
If you’re wondering whether a chiropractor can help you, here are five signs that you should see a chiropractor.
#1: You Have Chronic Pain in Joints or Muscles
The first place many of us go when we experience chronic pain is to our medicine cabinet. When the aspirin doesn’t work, we head to the doctor’s office for the “good stuff.” If the doctor can’t figure out what’s wrong, we either suffer through the pain, or continue taking pain medications that can cause even more damage in the end.
The pain in your joints and muscles may be due to problems with your musculoskeletal alignment and myofascial (muscle and fascia) balance. The body is designed to work as one big machine with many moving parts. Just like a car engine, when one of those parts slips out of place, the whole engine can break down. A chiropractor is trained to make sure all of your parts are where they should be so that your body can function in the way that it’s supposed to.
#2: You Sit for Long periods or Perform Repetitive Tasks at Your Job
Sitting for long periods, especially when hunched over a keyboard or phone, often results in poor posture and unwanted pressure on the neck, upper back and shoulders. That pressure can ultimately cause bones and discs to shift just enough to cause problems later on, like a slipped or herniated disc. A doctor of chiropractic medicine will ensure your spinal column is properly aligned so you don’t run into problems later.
Performing repetitive tasks also takes a toll on your body. Whether it’s typing or standing at a cash register twisting and turning all day, the repeated movements can lead to overuse injuries that cause parts of the body to shift out of place.
#3: Sharp Pains Shooting Down Your Leg
Sharp pain shooting down the leg, tingling or weakness may be a sign of a pinched nerve or slipped disc. You may think that only your doctor or physical therapist is trained and relieving these symptoms. However, chiropractic has been shown more effective than both pain medications and physical therapy when chiropractic modalities and physical therapy are combined. In the event that traditional treatment has been unsuccessful, it’s possible that a compressed nerve is the cause of the problem. A chiropractor will examine you, perform spinal adjustments to alleviate the disc pressure on the nerve, give McKenzie home exercises to maintain disc healing, so you recover faster with fewer days in pain.
#4: You Suffer From Frequent Tension Headaches or Migraines
Frequent headaches can have many causes, but one of the most common is misalignments in the upper back and neck. If you have frequent headaches and your doctor hasn’t been able to give you an answer, chiropractic care may help reduce their frequency.
Similarly, many migraine sufferers have reported a significant reduction in the intensity and frequency of episodes with the help of chiropractic therapy.
#5: You’re An Active Person
If you’re an active person, your body likely takes a beating. While that beating is helping improve your physical and cardiovascular health, it may be causing problems as well. When we do things like exercise or engage in sports, our body is subjected to additional strain, pressure and jarring. These can all cause the spine to become misaligned. After years of engaging in these types of activities, our body can become prone to slipped discs, pinched nerves and other alignment problems. Regular visits to a chiropractor will ensure that your spine stays healthy while you’re keeping the rest of your body fit.
Chiropractic Medicine in Chicago and Southeastern Wisconsin
Chiropractors aren’t just for people who already have a problem; they’re also a great way to help prevent problems in the future. Even if you’re not currently in pain, it’s a good idea to see a chiropractor every now and then to keep your back and spine in proper working condition. Contact Ross Chiropractic & Wellness today to learn more about the benefits of preventative chiropractic care.