Surveys have showed that up to 80% of the American population will experience an episode of back pain at some point in their lives. Surveys have also showed that only 20% of the population utilizes chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is a great alternative option for muscle and joint pain anywhere in the body. Most conditions treated in our office, Rochester Chirotherapy | Chiropractic Clinic, are a result of muscle, nerve or joint pain. Patients seeking chiropractic care are looking for relief without the use of pain killers. Which brings us to a list of the benefits of chiropractic care:
Different chiropractic treatments, when applied to the appropriate diagnosis can lead to pain relief. For example a patient may come in with chronic neck pain that refers into the shoulders. They work in an office setting, where they are sitting at a computer for 8+ hours a day. The muscles and joints that are over stressed from holding the same position for extended periods, for years on end, will result in mechanical muscle and joint pain. A chiropractic manipulation of the spine will stimulate nerves around the spinal cord, distracting pain sensations to the brain. This is then followed up by deep tissue muscle release, to relieve tension in the muscles surrounding the neck and shoulder. Each treatment builds on the last, resulting in pain relief typically between 4-12 visits.
Increase In Body Awareness
A very important aspect of chiropractic care involves the patient performing movements and exercises in between treatments. A good chiropractor will educate the patient as to what positions and activities are causing the pain, and then give you movement strategies to counteract harmful daily activities. Being aware of your posture, how you sit, how you walk, how you stand, how you sleep can go a long way in preventing pain from returning.
Increase in Range of Motion
When a muscle around a joint becomes tight and painful, the joint it attaches to will eventually become tight and painful. This will result in a restriction of normal movement. If when you wake up in the morning, and you can’t look over your shoulder, then you’ve experienced this sensation. Spinal manipulation, stretching, deep tissue muscle release, and exercise will help increase range of motion, and decrease pain.
A chiropractic adjustment, when applied to the spine has been researched to release endorphins. Endorphins are a chemical released from the brain that play a role in pain relief, happy feelings, and relaxation. Who doesn’t want to feel happy and relaxed?
Natural Treatment, Without Medication
Chiropractic care is a natural alternative to the medical model. If you have tried taking pain killers, and they did not work, or are not interested in introducing your body to strong opioid pain killers, chiropractic care is an option. This is not to say chiropractic care is for every person, or every condition, but it is important for people to know that they have other options available, without the risk of medical side effects.