Seeing a chiropractor is an increasingly popular activity as it is a very natural way of treating some common pains and discomforts with having to resort to medication or surgery.
Particularly back and neck pain relief have been one of the main sources of treatment that chiropractors are able to dispense. Before you jump right in, however and just pick any chiropractor to go and see, you should do some research and choose wisely.
There are still chiropractors who are sometimes fairly rough on patients, as they still use the “crunch and pop” methods. However it has been found that in many cases a gentle, but firm manipulation of the affected area can do just as much good and the more invasive bone cracking.
Actually, the bones do not crack, but the popping sound is merely air escaping from the “subluxation” as the misaligned joints and vertebrae are adjusted.
Chiropractic is not for just fixing misaligned vertebrae, although that is one of the very good treatments that are available. A good chiropractor will also be very knowledgeable about nutrition, healthy posture, and will be able to keep you on a regular chiropractic treatment program to ward off any further problems.
Subluxation is the general misalignment of the neck and spine and other critical points in the body where nerve function to the rest of the body can be impinged or cut off. By period checking the spine of a person on a regular basis, the chiropractor can determine just what is wrong, and make a slight adjustment to correct the problem.
This can eliminate colds, boost the immune system, and cause a general overall feeling of being in good health. As a matter of fact, that is exactly what the art of chiropractic does, it to keep us in a perpetual state of good health, only in a very natural way.
Of course, there are times when we do “throw our back out” by bending and lifting in an improper manner, so we go into a sort of “bent over and can’t straighten out” position, which can be quite painful. A trip to the chiropractor can fix the situation in seconds, and you will be like nothing every happened.
Most chiropractors will give you a free first evaluation, by visiting with you, applying some testing techniques, such as bending, rotating your head, and other tests to determine your dexterity and flexibility. X-rays of your spine are critical, and these are offered free of charge in order to determine the level of care that you will need.
Once that is determined, the chiropractor will put you on a program where you will have your own treatment plan, and you will notice good results right off the bat. If you feel the treatments are too harsh, tell your chiropractor and he or she will make adjustments to your treatments to make them more comfortable.
As your treatments progress, your chiropractor will take another x-ray about once every six months or so, and you will be able to see measurable progress in the straightening of your spine, and you will feel better too.