More than 35 million Americans go to a chiropractor each year to relieve pain and manage their musculoskeletal problems, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Chiropractors do not use surgery or medication to solve problems with the body, and even use diet and exercise to help you feel better. You can go to the doctor first and get medicine and go to the chiropractor afterward to get long-term treatment that may solve your problem.
A chiropractor will ask you about your medical history and may get X-rays and other images of the muscles, organs, ligaments and tendons, and recommend other types of medical tests to help them find out the cause of your health problem. An X-ray, MRI, and ultrasound can help them see any problems with your alignment; bone spurs, torn muscles, torn ligaments or tendons, nerves that are “pinched” by the bones and vertebrae, muscles that adhere to bones, and other problems.
Having manipulations and adjustments done can decrease your pain and improve the range of motion of your spine and other joints of your body. The chiropractor using tools to make the body have reflexes that open the joints, and moves the body so that the joints extend as much as possible, and this can relieve pain from pinched nerves or herniated discs. They, also, do hand manipulation, which helps realign your body’s musculoskeletal system.
The chiropractor can make recommendations for nutritional changes to your diet and exercises that can help decrease your pain and improve your musculoskeletal alignment. The chiropractor may recommend foods that reduce inflammation and help with the health of your joints. You may need help with blood sugar balance or even weight loss and to prevent your body from taking carbohydrates and storing them as fat.
Your chiropractor may also recommend exercises that can help you strengthen your muscles that protect your joints and make your tendons and ligaments more flexible. A healthier musculoskeletal frame helps you with posture and alignment, and decreases any pain you may be experiencing.
You may need to go back to the chiropractor for multiple visits, maybe as many as six appointments or more, to get the results you need. Your chiropractor may need you to do your homework, improve your diet and exercise and get spinal or other types of manipulations until your pain subsides or even disappears completely.
Scheduling your chiropractor visit is easy. Just find one, like Brad Kern, and call their offices and talk with them about your reason for needing a chiropractor. They will help you schedule your first appointment!