Why should I see a chiropractor?
Chiropractors treat headaches and pain in the neck and lower back. They help improve patients' physical function, even after just one visit. A chiropractor may be right for you if you have any of the following:
Misalignment: Having a misaligned body can hinder your range of motion and cause long term pain. When your body is aligned - meaning it maintains a relatively straight line from your heads to your toes - you can feel significant health benefits.
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is a form of arthritis in which the cartilage around the bones wears down over time. While type of arthritis can affect any joint in the body, it is most common in the spine, hips, hands, and knees.
Low Back Pain: Chiropractic and manual therapies may help treat muscle strains in your lower back, also know as your lumbar. Studies have shown that chiropractic care may be able to help people experiencing lower back pain without the significant use of medication.
Sciatica: This is a condition in which the nerve that runs along the lower back and down each buttock gets inflamed, causing a shooting pain in the lower back. It can also cause other symptoms, such as feet and leg numbness.
Range of motion issues: If you suffer from range of motion issues such as a frozen shoulder, chiropractic therapy might be an option worth looking into. A study done in on frozen shoulder patients in 2012 found that chiropractic therapy helped improve range of motion.
Scoliosis: Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that most often happens during the growth spurt you have just before you hit puberty. Scoliosis can also be caused by other things such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Chiropractic therapy may be an option for those who have scoliosis. A 28-person study completed in 2011 noted a 9-10 degree change in scoliosis patients at the end of a 24 month treatment. There is not enough evidence about the safety of chiropractic in pediatrics. If your child has scoliosis and you are interested in this type of treatment, it is recommended you speak with a doctor about the best treatment options.
Whiplash: This is a neck injury, commonly caused by a rear-end car accidents, in which the neck has a sudden back-and-forth movement, much like how a whip is cracked. With the use of joint manipulation, chiropractic care, while paired with other treatments like exercise and physical therapy, may help treat pain caused by whiplash.