Chiropractic care is a natural, rehabilitative therapy that focuses on treating the body’s musculoskeletal system. If the body is out of alignment, uneven pressure is placed on joints, muscles, vertebrae and more. The right kind of focused, precise chiropractic adjustments can correct major health problems without surgery and narcotics. This is a great treatment method for people of all ages. See how chiropractic care can benefit you, when it is used and what ages it primarily treats!
Many people have heard of chiropractic care and that it has something to do with the back. What exactly is this care and why is it important? When injuries or ailments happen, many patients seek out pain-relief from narcotics or opioids prescribed through doctors. Not only can these not treat the actual cause of your pain, but they are shown to be addictive—even with the first use. Surgery, an alternative, involves cutting through tissues and severing nerves to get to the area needing correction. There is also no guarantee that surgery will actually be effective.
Chiropractic care is a therapy option that was created to avoid both the narcotic addiction problem and complications that can happen with surgery. This is a natural, drugless and non-surgical health treatment that focuses on aligning the body so that it can heal itself. Over time with your posture, exercise, daily movements and more, your body’s alignment will slowly shift out of place. However, many issues with back pain, herniated discs, neck aches and more are associated with misaligned backs and spines. When alignment is off, your back—or the main structure that takes on the most weight to hold up your body—starts to have uneven pressure all over.
That pressure wears down joints, causes back and neck knots (trigger points), limits range-of-motion, causes back pain and more. Through a series of focused positions and applied pressure, we can realign areas of the back that are out of line, which can relieve many health problems naturally.
Chiropractic care can definitely eliminate the desire a patient has to get surgery. Why opt for surgery or addictive narcotics if an adjustment could fix the problem? We conduct a postural and spinal analysis at your chiropractic appointment. This can detect skeletal imbalances and dysfunctions with your body systems. We also use diagnostic ultrasound, electrical nerve stimulation and changes to your lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and postural programs. All of those factors can lead to body misalignment and poor nutrition intake by your muscles and bones.
We pinpoint the area in your back, neck and spine that is causing you pain and through those focused manipulations, we can pop areas back into place. Many patients will feel soothing relief from chronic aches and pains during their chiropractic adjustment. Neuropathy symptoms, lack of range-of-motion, stiffness, intense arthritis symptoms and more can be eased with this adjustment. Once the spine is aligned properly, pressure on all your muscles, joints and bones evens out and your body is able to perform much better. Women can feel relief from back pain during pregnancy. Athletes can perform better with frequent adjustments, as their body isn’t getting damaged by uneven pressure or muscle knots. Even infants and children can benefit from chiropractic care.
Yes, children can get chiropractic adjustments, but it’s not always common. Children rarely need a chiropractic adjustment, especially because toddlers and young children still have bones and bodies that are developing. The same goes for infants. In more rare cases of musculoskeletal issues in children, a chiropractic adjustment may be needed, but this has to be determined by a physician.
Often, chiropractic professionals can help children by testing for nutrient deficiencies and habits that can cause back or body aches. Through those health evaluations, doctors of chiropractic medicine can recommend changes to diet, exercise and more that will correct the problem. However, if a chiropractic adjustment is needed, a very gentle (“Light-Force”) method is used on children that adjusts the back and spine without the popping or cracking noises. These adjustments can help with their daily function, sleep quality and even immune system function.
Chiropractic care is popular in patients that are in the middle years of their life. However, we do see elderly patients often, and it is safe for patients over 60 to receive chiropractic adjustments. The usual concern with patients over 60 is that they won’t do well with surgery or other invasive options when it comes to major ailments. Injuries happen easier with aging, and body misalignment can accelerate wear and tear.
Arthritis is more common than ever over 60. The National Council on Aging reports that 87% of all fractures that happen to the elderly happen because of a fall. Those falls come from limited range-of-motion, less flexibility and trouble moving properly. Those problems can become chronic with body misalignments. However, we must be careful with patients over 60, just like we are careful with children receiving adjustments.
If you or a loved one have received a health diagnosis that recommends surgery for musculoskeletal issues, see if chiropractic care can help first. Chiropractic adjustments may relieve the issues without going through months of surgical recovery. We use the Light-Force method on patients over 60, which is the method used for children. It still uses focused, corrective pressure to align the back and spine correctly, but there are more frequent, gentle adjustments than the normal adjustments commonly used.
Patients of all ages can benefit from chiropractic care, especially if they are prone to back pain. If you have limited range-of-motion, chronic pain, neuropathy issues or generally feel that something is off with your alignment, listen to your body. Schedule your chiropractic care and medical evaluation with Back2Health today by calling (843) 405-0025!