It is often best to take a proactive approach to treating and managing pain, as relatively minor problems may develop into major issues if not addressed early. However, with so many treatments available across so many health care fields, it may be difficult to know which to choose.
One way to find out whether chiropractic treatment may benefit you is to see your doctor. You can ask your doctor whether spinal manipulation and/or chiropractic adjustment may be helpful in your particular situation. Your doctor wants the same thing for you and all other patients: to do whatever is reasonable and ethical to relieve your pain and treat any underlying conditions. Sometimes that means referring you to another health care provider, such as a chiropractor. If you doctor thinks chiropractic treatment would be beneficial, he or she will let you know.
However, you don’t need to obtain a recommendation or referral from your doctor to seek chiropractic treatment. Just as you would probably go straight to your dentist for a toothache, you may go to a chiropractor directly for symptoms that you think he or she may be able to treat. Here are some signs that chiropractic treatment may be helpful.
1. Poor Posture
Many musculoskeletal complaints stem from poor posture that forces the framework of your body out of proper alignment. A number of positions that people assume at work, such as sitting at a desk for long periods of time, can contribute to postural issues. Chiropractic treatment can help improve the alignment of bones and muscles for better posture and less pain.
2. Chronic Back Pain
Chiropractic medicine is strongly associated in people’s minds with treatment of back pain because spinal manipulation is so central to it. While chiropractic treatment is suitable for a number of varied complaints, it is also still effective to treat back pain that persists for six weeks or more.
Headaches can stem from a number of different causes, such as muscle tension or irritation of the joints. Spinal manipulation and chiropractic adjustment may help to relieve this stress and the pain it can cause. However, you shouldn’t go to a chiropractor for recurring headaches or migraines before consulting your doctor first.
4. Uneven Wear on Your Shoes
Take a look at the soles of your shoes. You should notice particular patterns of wear. If these patterns are different between your two shoes, it may be an indication that your body is out of alignment. Chiropractic treatment may help.
There are many other signs that chiropractic treatment could benefit you. Contact an office for more information.