As we move through demanding schedules and make quick decisions, pain sometimes poses new questions as we have to decide how to solve tension headaches, lower back pain, or reoccurring neck or knee pain.
Then decisions focus on natural methods, versus medications and surgery and patient success and satisfaction.
The American Chiropractic Association Has Answers
ACA says chiropractic outperforms all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep tissue massage, yoga, pilates and over the counter medication therapies. Chiropractors are the highest rated healthcare practitioners for low back pain treatments, coming in above physical therapists, neurosurgeons, neurologists and orthopedic surgeons and primary care doctors.
According to ACA, the chiropractor’s whole person approach results in better communication and consistently higher patient satisfaction than that of medical doctors.
Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints in back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
How the Chiropractor Works
Sampling this whole person, natural approach with a visit to the chiropractor begins with a spinal adjustment to seek relief for any current pain and provide an overall picture of spinal health. Then a complete medical history is reviewed and the chiropractor will ask questions about ongoing pain, when and how it started, what has developed.
In the course of the exam the chiropractor will identify the problem and work with the patient to set up a treatment plan. The chiropractor is well qualified to assess the situation and dial it in on an individual basis as he often sees the patient in ongoing visits, versus the patient/doctor situation which usually revolves around pain complaints visits followed by prescribed medications or surgery, and later follow up visits.
I have watched many friends and relatives successfully work their way through the pain process with help from their chiropractors. Some had arthritic knees. Others had major lower back pain. And a few ran into reoccurring neck pain due to bad posture and long working hours. They all found solutions without medication or surgery as the chiropractor provided ongoing treatment and recommendations for weight loss, relaxation therapy and special exercises.They also kept the chiropractor in mind when any new development occurred, solving problems early.
If this sounds like the best course for you, make an appointment and find out more.
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