By Dr. Brent Wells
Chiropractors can see anywhere up to 20 to 50 patients a day, the reason varying with each patient.
More than 30 million are seen and treated annually according to Sharecare.com.
People go to the chiropractor for many different reasons, some minor and some more major. Nonetheless, seeing a chiropractor has many benefits, some obvious and quick, and some of those benefits are more long term.
Chiropractors are able to locate issues beneath the surface of the skin and bones that other specialists and doctors are unable to always do. They are specialized in helping assist with pain located in the spine, but also the neck, shoulders, unspecified radiating pain and numbness throughout the body and beyond.
Many times the root of certain pain in the body stems from the spine being misaligned or out of balance, and when the spine is off balance the central nervous system is affected. Central nervous system issues result in the whole body not being able to function properly, due to the CNS being responsible for housing nerves that are going throughout the body, sending very important messages.
While most primary doctors can rule out serious complications, a chiropractor is able to perform treatments to the body that will help manage the pain, and in many cases completely eradicate the pain.
They specialize in complementing other forms of traditional medicine or they can serve in the place of traditional medicine, as alternative medicine.
Bones, joints, and muscles are all tended to when one takes a visit to the local chiropractor.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is another term for a spinal adjustment. A spinal adjustment is an adjustment given to the spine by a chiropractor or trained specialist. In some cases manipulation to the spine is and can also be performed.
There are various methods chiropractors use when performing adjustments.
Though every person, no matter the age, can experience joint or muscle pain, that doesn’t automatically approve each person when it comes to getting chiropractic care. There is a screening that must be done with each new potential patient to rule out any issues that would reveal as to why chiropractic care would be too much for the body.
Various adjustment methods include:
Instrument adjustments are proven to be one of the more gentle methods. It’s also one of the methods not involving the thrusting of hands targeting the area of pain in the spine.
In some cases manipulation is needed and anesthesia is used. That method is known as Manipulation under Anesthesia. There are also cases where the type of treatment you should receive is recommended, but in more basic cases one can sometimes have a say so as to what they want done.
Why should I consider getting an adjustment?
Every person deals with some form of discomfort or pain within the body, whether young or old, married or single, or parent or non-parent.
If you’ve ever been in an accident, then you understand how pain often sneaks up on you. Typically, it doesn’t appear until after the shock has gone away. The pain doesn’t always show up immediately upon impact, and in some cases it’s not present even when one goes to the hospital.
It’s important to pay attention to the body in those situations. Be aware of any new and sudden onsets of pain that present themselves over time. In those cases, some doctors will recommend you see a chiropractor. If you aren’t recommended to visit one, take it upon yourself to visit a specialist.
Whether neck pain, jaw pain, headaches, strains, back pain, leg pain, etc., a chiropractor can help you find the source of pain and rid your body of it, or help you further get to that point.
Seeing a chiropractor and receiving treatment will help them observe the spine, informing you of whether or not there are any issues causing other parts of your body to function improperly.
The spine is important when it comes to its functioning properly, outside of proper function of the spine, other aspects of the body will suffer.
Are there any benefits to getting adjustments?
Chiropractic care has been around for many years with various styles to accompany the form of alternative treatment. The techniques, movements, and pressures vary with each style. Although there are many physical benefits to considering chiropractic adjustments, there are also many health benefits to consider.
There are many benefits that go along with getting chiropractic adjustments that all potential patients should know. Let’s list a few.
Eight benefits to getting a chiropractic adjustment:
If you’re low on energy then seeing a chiropractor may benefit you in more ways that you realize. There are many aches and pains that we walk around with never tending to but simply dealing with. Because we deal with the pain for so long we don’t realize how freeing it is to actually get realigned within the body.
Chiropractic adjustments are stimulating to the body and have an affect on the nerves in the spinal cord. When the nerves are adjusted for the better, those nerves are then able to function more freely and properly, leaving the rest of the body to then feel that freedom from lots of those aches and pains that went undiagnosed for so long.
A tense back will keep you from being as flexible as you can. For some who have been in accidents, it’s normal to then deal with stiff joints and achy bones after the fact. That’s where adjustments come in and help those joints, muscles, and bones to get back to their proper functionality.
However, after a few weeks of treatment, many times it will be said that chiropractic treatment may not be best for the patient. In many long-term treatment cases, it’s within the six-week mark where changes are generally made evident. Though chiropractic treatment is an amazing source of remedy for many, there are still some who chiropractic care isn’t beneficial for.
Dr. Brent Wells has been a chiropractor for over 20 years and has treated thousands of patients. He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska in 1998 and his practice is known to have the best chiropractic care service in Juneau, Alaska. www. betterhealthalaska.com