Chiropractic treatment aligns the body’s musculo-skeletal structure through spinal manipulation therapy, which encompasses a variety of adjustment techniques. This treatment restores the mobility of joints restricted through tissue injury caused by falling, stress, repetitive work, heavy weight-lift, just to name few! Hence, it provides a holistic approach to help the body to heal without any surgery or medication.
The most common issues to seek chiropractic treatment are headache, low back pain, neck pain, leg pain, disc bulges, herniated discs, and more. The treatment should be performed by someone who is trained and licensed to practice chiropractic care.
There is no special preparation is required before seeking chiropractic procedure. The chiropractic treatment requires a series of visits to chiropractors depending on the health conditions. Most people attain improvement in 5-10 visits. The good part is many health insurance policies cover chiropractic, but it is important to check the number of treatments covered under the policy.
Chiropractors may ask questions during your initial visit about health history especially related to back pain. This gives them a clear understanding of how the procedure should be carried out and what measures or precautions should be considered while performing chiropractic procedures. Depending on one’s affected areas, chiropractor places a person in specific positions. A most common position is lying with a face posing towards the floor on a special padded chiropractor table. The chiropractor applies the controlled and adequate amount of force on the back or neck, depending on the treatment. During the treatment, it might hear several cracking sounds, which as usual, allowing the joints to restore as required.
The benefits of chiropractic treatment
- Improves joint mobility
- Strengthens the immune system
- Boosts energy
- Improves sleep
- Tightens loose muscles
- Calms the hyperactive mind
- Decreases stress
- Speeds up the recovery process
- Improves cognitive ability and many more.
Besides, to achieve overall health and wellness, a person must eat regularly balanced diets, healthy foods, performs exercise and seek chiropractor every 1-2 months for adjustments. It’s always helpful to cure minor misalignments before they get severe and visiting chiropractor every 2 months allows you to fix it. However, one should visit a chiropractor immediately if there is a severe back, neck, or leg pain, and if there is stress.
These consultations differ from the person who is going through treatment or visiting for preventive care. A person may have to visit 2-3 times in a week for adjustments, if going through treatment, following with a decrease in visits as treatments progress. These all depend on a person’s unique condition, internal misalignments, and level of pain.
An important thing during the treatment is to visit the same chiropractor every time. Because the chiropractor would know your pain points and could perform appropriate treatment accordingly. The same chiropractor would understand the response of your body from treatment and thereby he/she would also become adaptive in their procedure. This can guide on what procedure would work best for one’s body. Moreover, chiropractors can recommend the exercises that need to be done at home to avoid further misalignment. They can suggest in taking nutritional supplements such as multivitamin or omega 3 capsules to maintain balance and coordination for improving strength and flexibility. A Doctor of Chiropractic can also advise on posture methods and environmental changes needed to reduce pain and stress.
A research was performed on 105 participants by the University of Melbourne in Australia. The experiment was conducted in three phases with participants receiving no adjustment, fake adjustments, and real adjustments. Each phase shows that the participants who received real adjustments displayed a significant improvement in flexibility compared to other cases of no and fake adjustments.