It’s still common to hear people say, “Why do I need a chiropractor?” or “Thank goodness I don’t need a chiropractor!” These conceptions often stem from not understanding all the benefits a chiropractor can provide. Once you really learn about the many ways chiropractic treatments can improve your health and quality of life, the question may quickly turn into “Why wouldn’t I go to a chiropractor?”
It boils down to this: Chiropractors help keep your bones, joints, and muscles moving better to increase your body’s overall health and operation. Chiropractors are most well-known for focusing on the spine, but that is because your brain and nervous system send better signals throughout your body when the spinal joints are mobile and unrestricted.
“When you have a stiff neck or back, it’s a sign that your brain and nervous system may not be sending the best signals to your body,” notes Dr. Rick Gross of Quality Care Chiropractic. “Most people brush off stiffness as normal or no problem or nothing that needs attention or treatment, but that stiffness can be a warning that you need to get your back adjusted.”
Reactive Care: Most people go to chiropractors after an injury or when a long-term ailment gets unbearable or nothing else works. This can range from accident injuries, limited range of motion, and having back, neck, hip, or joint pain to muscle spasms, shooting leg pain, tingling or numbness, and headaches. It’s also great for easing the pain of repetitive stress injuries and more chronic ailments like arthritis, sciatica, scoliosis, and even epilepsy.
Preventative Care: Although chiropractic care often is used reactively, it may even be better suited as routine preventative care. Chiropractic treatments can improve your posture or help you move better if you’re always stiff. Athletes use it to improve their reflexes, flexibility, and strength. Pregnant women can benefit from treatments as their bodies adjusts to their new purpose. It also can help you age well by reducing your risk of losing mobility.
Other benefits are less about the joints and more about the body’s systems. Chiropractic treatment can help you lose weight or aid with persistent digestive problems. It also can boost your immune system and help individuals suffering from anxiety or depression. But perhaps best of all is that this kind of preventative care ultimately can lower your medical bills!
Honestly, the answer is “whenever” because it can be used as preventative care, but you should seek out treatment for acute localized joint pain or headaches, especially if you don’t get relief from physical therapy or stretching at home. Treatment is recommended for recovery from ambulatory injuries, like ankle or foot surgery, that have altered how you usually walk. And, if your spine is crooked with something, such as scoliosis or kyphosis, chiropractic care helps you stay healthier and more mobile.
If you are constantly cracking your own back or neck or simply want better posture because you slouch too much or don’t stand up straight, you may want to see a chiropractor before it gets worse. Treatments also are great if you want to avoid pain medications and drugs but still need pain relief.
On the physical side, treatments can lessen and help treat back and neck pain as well as ease chronic pain, minimize headaches and migraines, and help with chronic conditions like sciatica, scoliosis, and epilepsy. Internally, chiropractic treatments can lower high blood pressure, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, and promote relaxation. Treatments are also known to encourage weight loss, reduce symptoms of infant colic, and ease the effects of vertigo. Ultimately, it leads to a better quality of life.
“Some people are scared of getting adjusted because they think it will hurt and make their condition worse,” relates Dr. Gross. “We focus on comfortable adjustments that promote healing. The treatments are always geared toward the patient’s level of pressure and movement.”
Dr. Gross adds, “Most people are amazed about how effective and comfortable the adjustments are and how much better they feel afterward. Commonly we hear, ‘I wish I’d come here sooner!’ Ultimately, our goal is that patients look forward to the care we provide and cannot wait for their next adjustment because it feels so good.”
On that note and with all the amazing benefits for your health, let’s change that question. Why wouldn’t you go to a chiropractor?
If you’re curious about chiropractic treatments and want to see if it’s right for what ails you, don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation with us at Quality Care Chiropractic at (630) 499-2225. We’re here to help you get back to health.Schedule an Appointment