If you’ve never seen a Chiropractor, there has never been a better time to consider it or in some cases, reconsider it. So, what is Chiropractic and why would one choose to see a Chiropractor? If you break up the word; it starts to become quickly apparent what the main tool for a Chiropractor is. The word Chiropractic stems from two Greek words: Chiro meaning “by hand” and practic meaning “practice of”. In short, Chiropractic is a “practice by hand”. Putting Greek aside for a moment however, the real one word punch that delivers the clear message what Chiropractic is about is “movement”.
Chiropractic is in essence all about helping people move better.
The majority of pain presents from a movement dysfunction of the joints, muscles, fascia, tendons, or ligaments of the body. That dysfunction can be the result of past accidents, poor posture, injuries, being sedentary, genetics, stress, nutrition, or a whole host of other options. The result though is if you’re an athlete, you can’t perform how you want, if you’re a grandparent, you can’t play with your grandkids the way you want, or if you are just like millions of people across the nation, you are stiff or in pain and just don’t feel like getting out to move.
So, how does a Chiropractor use his or her hands to fix these movement dysfunctions, get out of pain and start moving around to start enjoying life? Like any profession, Chiropractic has grown up a lot, but at the core, its main tool is still what’s called an “adjustment”. A more sterile, medical term for it is spinal manipulation, but an adjustment is essentially a force applied to a joint structure at a specific speed, amplitude and angle to elicit an improvement in joint mobility and ultimately allow the structure to move more efficiently. You may hear the term alignment in relation to Chiropractic, but don’t confuse the term with an oversimplified and incorrect version of what happens when you see your Chiropractor. You may envision a stack of blocks representing your spine and one block slips out to the right and you may think the Chiropractor’s job is to push it back to the left so that it is “in”.
The truth is, it’s easier to think of an example of a hinge. If that hinge is rusty and won’t move properly you can apply a measured force and encourage that rusty hinge to open up. Chiropractic adjustments are very similar; they address fixations in the flexion, extension, rotation, or side bending of the spine. Some Chiropractors can also perform these “adjustments” on extremity joints like shoulders, knees, ankles, and wrists.
What if the idea of manually adjusting joints and hearing a pop doesn’t appeal to you? That’s absolutely okay. That is one of the many ways Chiropractic has evolved. There are light force, non popping/cracking, and even computer assisted techniques to adjust a joint now. Remember, movement is the key. Many Chiropractors are also licensed and trained in physiotherapies as well to further support improved and sustained movement. It’s not magic, it’s not voodoo, it’s literally finding joints that aren’t moving correctly and getting them to move better.
Sometimes like a real rusty hinge, you may free up that joint, but it may not be moving smoothly yet. That’s when repetition and consistency come in. Some pain patterns just take a visit or two to get things properly mobilized and allow the body to heal more effectively. However, if the condition is the result of significant trauma or more long standing dysfunction, it may take sitting down with your Chiropractor and establishing a treatment plan that addresses not only adjusting fixated joints, but also rehabbing shortened, weakened, and uncoordinated muscles.
Why is this the best time in history to look more closely at trying out Chiropractic?
In short: the opioid epidemic, increasing research showing the benefits of Chiropractic, wider medical acceptance and utilization, and advances in technique and education. Last year, the CDC and the American Academy of Physicians, both released position statements encouraging physicians to refer to options like Chiropractic before turning to prescriptions pain medications. More and more medical doctors are not only becoming Chiropractic patients themselves, but are referring their family and patients to Chiropractors as well. There is clearly an epidemic of opioid based prescription drugs in this country. Patients need safe and proven alternatives. Chiropractic doesn’t cure everything or everyone, it’s not the answer to everything, but it is a very powerful conservative tool for either eliminating pain, decreasing pain, or at least maintaining manageable pain levels in some patients.
Does every medical doctor suggest seeing a Chiropractor?
No, we’re not there yet, but a new generation of medicine and chiropractic are working together for the benefit of their patients and enjoying being able to collaborate with one another.
There was a time when only a small percentage of people went to the dentist. Then at some point, dentistry hit a tipping point and completely changed the oral hygiene and health of the majority of the population. Chiropractic is now at the beginning of that tipping point. Join history and give Chiropractic another look if you haven’t tried it and if it has been a while since you’ve been, go back and see what’s changed in the science and technique of Chiropractic medicine. Help fight the opioid epidemic and seek first the pain management methods with minimal to no side effects with zero possibility of addiction. Almost all insurance companies now offer plans that include Chiropractic care. Even Medicare has conducted several studies proving that their enrollees that see Chiropractors incur significantly lower healthcare costs and have better overall outcomes.
Is there a place for every type of treatment?
Absolutely! We just need to first turn to more conservative means and not only will we beat the opioid epidemic, but we will significantly reduce healthcare costs, and revolutionize health and wellness.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column]