Today’s lifestyle greatly contributes to deformities of the spine and joints. Whether it is a job that requires long sitting, the use of mobile phones (especially among young people), or something else, there are consequences. Neck pain, lumbar spine pain, scoliosis, headaches are some of them. The question is whether there is a solution that would avoid analgesics (painkillers), or even more extreme, surgical procedures.
Chiropractic involves manual adjustment and manipulation of the spine, vertebrae, large and small joints, and soft tissues. Chiropractic is one of the manipulative techniques known thousands of years ago. Modern chiropractic today is one of the recognized integrative medical procedures.
What can you expect when you make an appointment with a chiropractor?
An increasing number of studies show that chiropractic is showing results in the treatment of pain resulting from joint and spine problems. During the treatment, the chiropractor will place the patient in the appropriate position and apply pressure to the problematic areas. This can be done with hands or some small instruments. Crunching may be heard during treatment but it is not dangerous for the patient. This is due to the release of gases that accumulate in the cartilage. It most often occurs in people who have been in one position for a long time.
Before each treatment of a chiropractor, a safe diagnosis must be made by examination by a specialist physiatrist, X-ray, or magnetic resonance imaging.
Results of chiropractic
The benefits of chiropractic have been proven by numerous studies. It helps solve problems with
- back pain
- neck pain
- proper posture
- joint issues.
A study was conducted on 272 subjects who had nonspecific neck pain. It was found that 12 weeks of chiropractic was more effective than the use of drugs in the treatment of pain, which was followed during 8-, 12-, 26- and 52-weeks.
In children, chiropractic is an effective solution for scoliosis. There is a study done on five children, which proved this claim to be true within 8 weeks. The first results were noticed after the fourth week of treatment.
People who sit a lot will lose their posture over time. One study showed that chiropractic could be the solution. A 27-year-old woman with kyphosis significantly improved her posture during 6 months of treatment. In addition, neck pain and headaches are significantly reduced.
Annals of Internal Medicine published an article with guidelines for the treatment of acute and chronic back pain by non-invasive methods. Treatment by both chiropractors and physical therapists is recommended to avoid the use of drugs and their side effects.
Safety of chiropractic
Relative contraindications (restrictions) for the work of chiropractors are bone fractures, some systemic diseases, patients with cardiovascular problems, and some tumors.
Every good chiropractor must apply the basic principle of “first do no harm” – primum non nocere.
Fatigue, weakness, headache may occur, but none of these effects last longer than a day or two.
Most patients, especially those who are coming to chiropractic for the first time, have the feeling, as they say, that they have taken the burden off their backs. They feel much freer, much lighter.
If you decide on chiropractic treatment, the most important thing is to find a licensed chiropractor with great experience and reviews.
That way you will know if this is the right place for your problem. Not only will you feel better after the treatment, but also will learn proper posture, proper sitting, good sleeping position, and exercises to avoid future problems.