Practical Hands: The Basic Facts On Chiropractic Medicine
If you’ve ever suffered from back or neck pain, you know just how terrible it can be. Sharp pains and dull aches keep you up at night, make it hard to sit at a desk or lift things for work, and keep you from enjoying activities and hobbies. When your pain begins to get in the way of your life, you might consider seeing a chiropractor.
What is a chiropractor?
A chiropractor is someone who practices chiropractic. Chiropractic, which comes from the Greek words for “hand” and “practical,” is a type of alternative medicine that involves hands-on spinal manipulation. Of the 22 million Americans who seek chiropractic care annually, about 7.7 million of them are getting help for back pain. However, people may see a chiropractor for issues with joints, ligaments, or muscles. Others seek treatment for arm and shoulder pain, leg pain, or even headaches.
What is spinal manipulation?
Have you ever cracked your own back? This is essentially what a chiropractor does, although they know how to do it safely and effectively! Chiropractic involves using a sudden, controlled motion to address pain in the joints. They may use force or twisting, but use other methods, too, like ice and heat therapy or electric stimulation. During spinal manipulation, especially when force is involved, patients may hear their joints popping or cracking.
Is chiropractic effective?
Chiropractic is generally considered an effective treatment for back pain. Since it does not involve medications or surgery, many people choose it as an option. People who suffer from headaches, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthrosis have been found to find relief through chiropractic medicine.
Are there risks?
People who have spinal cord compression, osteoporosis, cancer, and inflammatory arthritis should not undergo spinal manipulation. In some rare cases, neck manipulation can cause blood vessel damages or even strokes. In other cases, chiropractic may make a condition worse. Before you set up an appointment with a chiropractor, consult with your doctor and find out if it’s a safe option for you.
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