Friday, April 15, 2016

Positive Effects of Chiropractic Care

Imagine recovering twice as fast after surgery, no longer having the need for pain medications (or less medication) for numerous injuries/surgeries and conditions such as Fibromyalgia or Scoliosis, or boosting your immune system so that you get fewer colds/flu throughout the year. No, this is not a futuristic new age/science fiction novel. Through chiropractic care, it is possible to reduce or eliminate pain, recover more quickly, and is more affordable and less risky than traditional medical treatments.

Reducing the amount and intensity of physical pain is the number one reason individuals seek out chiropractic help. Chiropractic care can treat, or even eliminate, pain in all areas of the body. Back pain is the most commonly reported reason for patients to obtain chiropractic treatment. This method of care is not for back pain alone. Patients go to a chiropractor for a number of other reasons such as (but not limited to) headaches, carpel tunnel syndrome, knee injuries, arthritis, stress, and soft tissue injuries. By reducing pain and stiffness, patients are able to relax and concentrate on the rehabilitation process. It will also boost their immune system and give them more energy and a positive outlook on their physical condition(s).

When a patient is in an accident or has a chronic condition, the recovery time usually takes so long that they start to feel as if they will never feel good again. Chiropractic treatment aids speeding up the recovery process or get to a point that they can experience enhanced quality of life outside of a doctor's office or rehab center. By relieving pressure throughout the patient's body, they are able to heal at a faster rate and recover more fully. The body has many different entities, but it all works as one unit. If the "whole unit" is treated, then the individual systems will function more efficiently and recover from any ailment/condition. If a full and complete recovery is not possible, chiropractic care will allow the body to recover to its fullest extent. This is not possible if only certain areas are the main focus. The whole body must be treated for optimal results.

When thinking about medical treatment, most people cringe at the sound of words such as "rehabilitation", "medical care", or "medical treatment". This is because traditional medical care/treatment comes with a high price tag. People, and insurance companies, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on basic medical care. The cost will double, if not triple, if more treatment is needed beyond basic care. It can be financially devastating to an individual and even more damaging to an entire family, especially if more than one family member is in need of medical care. This is why chiropractic care is becoming increasingly popular with patients, employers, and insurance companies. Chiropractic care is only a tiny fraction of the cost when compared to traditional medical treatment. Each session will run, on average, anywhere from $35.00 on up to $70.00. Most patients will only need a few sessions to get the same end result as months (even years) of traditional medical treatments. Not only is it saving the patient and insurance company money, there is less chance that they will need long term or repeat treatment. They will also spend a lot less time missing days or weeks from work.

Chiropractic care is gaining popularity because it is a non-evasive and drug free method of treatment. Traditional forms of medical care usually consist of prescription medication, trial and error treatments, and possibly surgery. Trial and error treatment can take a very long time, a lot of money, and possibly cause long term and irreversible damage. Prescription medications have numerous side effects ranging anywhere from mild skin problems to serious respiratory issues, and even death. These often leave the patient with more health problems than they originally started with. Chiropractic treatment simply realigns the spine and joints, which usually gives immediate relief and helps the bodily systems function properly.

It allows the body to go through the natural healing process and there are no damaging, life altering, or long term side effects or painful surgeries to endure. The main adverse symptom patients experience, besides immediate pain relief, is mild soreness at and around the sight where the manipulation took place. The risk factor drops considerably to around 2% to 4% when compared with traditional forms of medical treatment. Cervical spine manipulation shows that there were complications found in 2.09 people per million and 0.268 deaths compared to the complications in 15,000 people per million and the 6,900 deaths due to cervical spine surgery. Hence why chiropractic care is a much safer, less expensive, reliable, and preferred method of treatment.

It is imperative that, before getting any chiropractic treatment, you thoroughly research any chiropractor you are considering. They must not only be licensed, but highly skilled and experienced. After all, you would not get an operation from a doctor that has only had one year experience or is not properly trained/licensed. Chiropractic care is no different. Once you have found one that you are comfortable with, just remember Rome wasn't built in a day. Although it takes much less recovery time when using chiropractic care, it will still take some time for you to heal from your injury or condition. Take each day as it comes and follow the chiropractor's treatment plan. Also, come prepared when you go to your initial appointment. Just remember that a good chiropractor is always willing to answer any question you may have about them, their education, their experience, and your proposed treatment plan. Good and open communication between you and your doctor is just as important to your recovery as the treatments are.

Contact your primary physician today to discuss chiropractic care. If it is a good route to take in achieving optimal health, have your doctor refer you to a chiropractor they know and trust. Your body will thank you for it!

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