What is the Chiropractic Care
Have you ever been tempted to visit a Chiropractor? As it turns out, more people are turning to chiropractic medicine as an effective alternative for the treatment of aches and pains of the body. The most common complaint the send people to Chiropractic therapy are injuries related to sports or auto accidents and which result in acute and low levels of chronic pain afflicting various parts of the body.
But it is not just sports injuries that cause people to see a chiropractor. Chiropractic has been shown to have a positive impact in reducing the severity and frequency of migraines and lowering the intensity of asthma attacks in some patients.
What to know About Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic is considered a complementary medical approach by the National Institute of Health (NIH). In other words, it is used in conjunction with and supplemental to, traditional medical practice. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), Chiropractic treatment “focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system” in order to bring the body back to a healthy balance. For example, if you have that very common slight crick in your neck you know that sitting or simply turning your head can be quite difficult. Chiropractic treatment of this condition attends to that area of your spine and, through a series of gentle adjustments there and down through the rest of your spine, the pain is eliminated and mobility returns.
Studies on the Effectiveness of Chiropractic care.
According to a research study entitled “Evidence-Based Practice and Chiropractic Care”, published at the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, the spinal manipulation techniques associated with Chiropractic care are effective in treating a broad spectrum of pain symptoms in the human body. From pain in the lower back, up to the neck and extremities, and even for some people suffering from migraines, Chiropractic technique has been shown to be a safe and effective method for alleviating discomfort. In another study, MRI scans were used “…to document the immediate benefits of chiropractic adjustments.”
It is well known that the United States has a terrible problem with pain-reducing opioids and addiction. The US Department of Veteran’s Affairs sponsored a study which discovered that patients who used Chiropractic technique used pain-reducing opiates at a level far lower than their non Chiropractic peers. That same article references another study which determined Chiropractic recipients were 55% less likely than non-recipients to take opioid pain killers.
The approach of the Chiropractic technique is intentionally holistic. A trained, qualified Chiropractor works outward from the source of the discomfort to other parts of the skeletal system that, to the layman, seemed to not be involved. A skilled Chiropractor provides their clients with a high level of long-term pain relief and mobility. While Chiropractic is not a substitute for necessary major medical procedures, it has been shown to be a helpful first step on the path to treating chronic conditions.