Chiropractic is an alternative, holistic, or “whole health”, approach to treating certain kinds of pain, discomfort and immobility. This approach has been known in the United States since 1895 and has become quite popular here over the years. Every state in the nation has chiropractic clinics!
The most common reason that people seek a chiropractor is for lower back pain but, many other ailments can be treated with chiropractic as well. It can help with headaches, neck pain, and pain in other joints as well.
Chiropractic is also used to treat specific ailments such as scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and a condition called, in simple terms, reverse curve of the neck. For specific ailments such as these, chiropractors use regularly scheduled adjustment appointments to start straightening the bones combined with physical therapy to retrain the muscles to hold the bones in their proper place better. They might also suggest changing sleeping position or pillows to keep the neck from reversing any further or, for scoliosis, using a pillow between the knees at night to keep the hips properly aligned.
One of the best things about chiropractic is that it is a non-invasive, drug-free approach to health and well-being. The techniques used by chiropractors are all-natural and mostly a matter of changing bad habits. Their main technique is called manual adjustment. Manual adjustment involves using one’s hands to gently realign the bones within the spine. It never requires scalpels or anesthetic – just strong, gentle hands and the proper training.
Manual adjustment is not the only tool in a chiropractor’s box though. A chiropractor might also use any of a number of other holistic techniques in conjunction with your adjustments. Such techniques might include relaxation exercises, breathing exercises, rehabilitative exercises (physical therapy), and general exercise for fitness and health. He or she might suggest diet changes and/or weight loss to help keep your pain away. See? No drugs, no surgery; just common sense suggestions for your overall health and comfort.
Chiropractic treatments by a licensed chiropractor are a fantastic alternative option to more traditional treatments. Drugs, hospital stays, and surgery can become very expensive in out-going money and lost time at work. With chiropractic, there are no expensive prescription and other such expenses.
If you’d like to look in to chiropractic options, check your local phone book or visit any of the following web-sites:
Illinois Chiropractic Society in Springfield, IL.
Georgetown Chiropractic in Indianapolis, IN.
Bridges Chiropractic Clinic in Ames, IA