Chiropractic Care: Why do you Need to Have One Now?

(Last Updated On: June 27, 2019)

There is a debate going on among learned circles whether chiropractic care is needed or not. Those that have received this type of care will swear by it and it has changed their lives. There are those they have had it and walked away feeling worse than before they went to the chiropractor. There may be a third camp that has never been to a chiropractic and would never go because they don’t want a chiropractic to bend their arms this way or crack their spine that way.

The third camp is uninformed about what procedures or type of care a chiropractor would really provide for them. There is a valid need for chiropractors as they know how to manipulate the bones and joints in the body. They can massage clumped up muscles so they relax and stretch out. People have had misaligned spines or necks separated that have been improved and realigned because a chiropractor worked on the painful areas in their bodies.

We will discuss the benefits of having a chiropractor as your personal caregiver if you need one. If you do not need one then that is ok as well. There are a lot of myths about chiropractors that just are not true. In this article, we will share some facts about chiropractic care that will put the discipline in a true light.

The Chiropractic Misconceptions

It is a fact that chiropractic care will work for some people and for others it will not work because they just don’t need it. It will definitely work for people who have neck, spine or head issues. It will work for people with arm and joint troubles. But it is a true fact that every health profession has skilled individuals in it and there are some that are not so skilled. The chiropractic profession cannot be judged to be useless because of a few unskilled professionals.

The necessity of chiropractic care boils down to the skill and sense of the chiropractor who is handling your neck. If the chiropractor you are visiting is an experienced and skilled professional than he can really help you with your physical problems.

Chiropractors do charge a lot of money to give their patients a quick and sometimes temporary relief of a physical problem but chiropractic care can solve physical problems over the long run as well. A person needing surgery may attend a chiropractor and over several appointments can have the problem adjusted to the point that surgery is not needed.

In the long run, going to these chiropractic appointments will be cheaper than going to a hospital and spending thousands of dollars for surgery and then to stay in a hospital for an extended period of time.

“Subluxation” is defined as–a slight misalignment of the vertebrae, regarded in chiropractic theory as the cause of many health problems.– is viewed as a chiropractic misconception. It is spine manipulation that is able to cure lower back pain, neck pain, headaches chiropractors assert. This therapy is valid to solve these problems if the cause of these conditions is subluxation.

So, if a person is suffering from any of these physical problems and they are definitely caused by the spine or vertebrae being misaligned than the chiropractor can help to solve these issues.

The chiropractor is trained to know which vertebrae need to be realigned and they are trained to know where to place their hands on these vertebrates to realign them.

In these cases, a person suffering from these physical problems would benefit from chiropractic care.

The problems may be solved in one visit if the misalignment is not severe and the chiropractor knows what he is doing. Again, these problems can be fixed at a lot less costly than other health professionals would charge.

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The Chiropractic MythBusters

As we have said before, some people are just too afraid to see a chiropractor because they think they do not need one when they really do. There are many myths that need to be broken about the chiropractic discipline.

Myth One: You Have to go back for repeated visits which will run up a big medical bill. But the reality is that you do not always have to go back for more than one visit. Repeat visits are necessary because when this discipline involves “hands on” therapy that will have a cumulative effect to eventually heal the condition.

If the physical pain is being dealt with then the body has to adjust to the physical treatment the chiropractor provides so it will get healthy again. It’s just like the body has to get used to physical exercising over time. The body does not like the initial physical treatment as evidenced by the body part becoming sore after the doctor works on it. But over time the body will return to normal and the pain from the health problem will be cured. The body must adjust to the treatment the chiropractor is applying to it over time. As soon as it adjusts the body is functioning normally again and the visits to the chiropractor will not be needed.

Myth Two: One great misconception that is floating in the health world; that chiropractors take x-rays to the point you may as well not even leave the x-ray room because all they will do is take x-rays. This is simply not true because they will only take x-rays as they are needed. Just like any other health professional would be inclined to do.

Like any other health professional the chiropractor will surmise the patient’s history to determine if the x-rays are necessary or not. The chiropractor will only take the x-ray to further detail your complaint. Since chiropractors manipulate the physical structure they take fewer x-rays than other medical professionals. Most likely, these doctors will take x-rays judiciously at best. So, they are not trying to run up the medical bills so they can collect more money from their patients.

Myth Three: This misconception has a twist of truth to it. The perception is that chiropractors will set you up with longterm care whether you need it or not. Like any other medical professional the chiropractor will want to see you as often as he needs to. They are not trying to inflate the bill so they can make more money off the customer.

These are a few of the reasons why you will need a chiropractor if you have spinal or lower back issues. The chiropractic health field has gotten some unnecessary bad publicity. It is a valid health discipline like other health professionals.

Myth Four: This is a big one because it is believed that chiropractors will want to see you three times a week at the beginning of the care. The care is progressive the more you need to be seen will be in the beginning. As the condition improves the care will become less frequent. Thew care will hit the routine phase and the chiropractor may need to see you 2-4 times a month.

But the nature of chiropractic care is such that you may need to go and see the health professional several times before you are cured from the condition. They will guide you in a progressive healthcare plan like any other health professional.

Myth Five: Oh no that popping noise is my bone cracking or breaking. No this is not the case, because like a snapple bottle lid when you take it off it makes a popping noise because the pressure is equalizing. The joint is stretched it causes a gap in the joint which forms an air bubble. This is what causes the popping noise not the bone breaking. It is a natural outcome of the joint being stretched. It is a harmless popping noise. Nothing is damaged absolutely nothing. The joint will feel better and be stronger after it is stretched.

Myth Six: Chiropractors enhance Arthritis is a big fabled being spread among the land of the healthy. The notion is that when the bones are cracked it invites arthritis to form. But this could not be further from the truth because bone manipulation restores mobility which either prevents or alleviates arthritis. The joints are restored to normal function and flexibility which will keep arthritis at bay.

Myth Seven: Ouch those chiropractic adjustments hurt and I won’t be able to move. The truth of the matter is that there may be a pinch of pain at first but it disappears quickly. Actually, after the adjustments are made the bone, joint or whatever is being adjusted or properly aligned will feel better after the adjustment.

Myth Eight: The patient will become addicted to chiropractic care. This is true but it is not a myth because chiropractic patients like the way they feel after the procedures. But the myth becomes a myth because the conception is people will go back for adjustments all the time. Yes, patients do feel better after the procedures but they are told to come back only as needed. This is on a need basis not that the client has to go back 3 or 4 times a week. So, it is true patients go back because they feel good after the adjustments but it is within reason.

Myth Nine: This is a coatly7 myth because people think that chiropractic care is not covered by insurance. So, people think they will have to pay for the procedures out of their own pockets. But this is not true because many insurance carriers recognize chiropractic care necessity and they will cover the procedures. Furthermore, more and more insurance companies are carrying chiropractic insurance because they see it as a viable medical profession.

Myth Ten: Chiropractors are second-hand doctors and they are not doctors. But this is a lie because chiropractors are fully-recognized doctors. They must earn a medical degree like any other medical professional. They must be certified by a board and they must take/pass exams to be able to practice as chiropractors. Furthermore, they need to meet continuing educational standards. They are trained specialists like a dentist, surgeon, etc. The patient can have confidence that they are seeing trained, competent medical professionals. They must meet state-mandated training requirements.

Myth Eleven: This is an irony of ironies because the myth is that you need a prescription from a doctor to see a doctor. But to a limited extent, it is true with some insurance plans they require an MD to prescribe for a patient to go see a chiropractic. In most cases, a prescription is not needed because chiropractors can assess any type of conditions as a regular care provider would.

Myth Twelve: Chiropractic care is a bogus health profession and is ineffective in helping patients who suffer pain in different areas of their bodies. It is increasingly being proven that chiropractic care is effective in healing people from lower back pain and other ailments. Chiropractors are not well-known as some of the other medical professionals but they are earning respect in the medical profession.

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Why You Need A Chiropractor

Basically, chiropractic science is when chiropractors manipulate the spine and they use other alternative methods to help relieve pain and align the spine and vertebrae. 22 million Americans are currently seeing chiropractors for pain relief. 35% or 7.7 million Americans see chiropractors for chronic back pain.

The ones who see chiropractors for back pain are seeking alternative pain relief instead of having surgery. The source of their back injuries are from sports injuries, accidents, back injuries, and some type of physical strain. They also see these doctors for neck, arm pain, and for alignment issues. Even migraine and headache sufferers will go see chiropractors for pain relief.

Specifically, chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other treatments to properly align the musculoskeletal structure so the body will heal itself from tissue/joint damage. This healing is done without the patient having surgery or taking any type of medication.

As we mentioned before the manipulation will correct tissue damaged joints or misaligned vertebrae or spines. Neck injuries will be corrected as well. The joint tissue damage is caused by some traumatic event or sitting for long periods of time without proper back support.

If a person suffers from any of the above physical conditions then seeing a chiropractor is highly advisable. The client may have to make repeated visits to the chiropractor and yes it will be expensive. But it will be more cost-effective than having surgery performed. Like it was said before surgery can cost thousands of dollars.

The chiropractor will also help to correct joint, muscle, connected tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It is sometimes used in association with conventional medical care. It may be used in conjunction with pain medications as well. It could also be used in conjunction with surgical care as well.

The designation “DC” identifies a chiropractic doctor who has an undergraduate degree and has attended chiropractic college for four more years. As we have mentioned before a chiropractor should study a patient’s medical history and know it thoroughly.
For example, a chiropractor may then take x-rays or use lab tests to make a diagnosis as to whether treatment will help the patient or not. The doctor will perform a medical exam on the patient as well. This is said so the patient knows that the doctor will be well prepared and take definite steps to treat or not treat the patient.

The treatment may include one or more manual adjustments in which the doctor manipulates the joints, using controlled, sudden force to improve mobility and range of motion. Alignment of the bones connecting the joins will happen as well. Many chiropractors will include nutritional counseling/exercise and rehabilitation in the treatment plan. They don’t just adjust or twist a few bones and call it good. They have complex disciplined treatments.

It has been confirmed that prolotherapy or sclerotherapy–A: Prolotherapy is also known as regenerative injection therapy, sclerotherapy, (proliferative therapy), ligament reconstruction therapy, and fibro-osseous injection therapy, is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s nature healing processes to strengthen joints weakened by traumatic or overuse —are effectual therapies for chronic back pain.

The kind of pain that may come on gradually or suddenly and lasts for more than 3 months. The above mentioned therapy involves injecting the ligaments in the back with a medication or sugar water. The hope is the back ligaments will be strengthened to alleviate chronic back pain.

Conclusion:

Many reasons have been cited as to why people may need chiropractic care. It is a treatment that needs to be paid attention to because over 20 million Americans have visited chiropractors for pain relief. 7.7 million of those patients have visited chiropractors for chronic back pain.

Chiropractors use various therapies to help the human body to heal. The point of the treatments is to help the patient get better without having to take medication or surgery. They use certain treatment plans to help correct whatever pain the patient may be suffering from. There are a lot of myths about chiropractic care that are certainly not true. Chiropractic medicine is a legitimate medical discipline. There is also a specialist chiropractic centre in almost every town that are licenses and have great reviews online.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.