What is chiropractic care? The image a lot of people have, especially people who have never been to a chiropractor, is of a doctor fixing back pain by rubbing his hands on your back.
Actually, chiropractic care is a highly skilled branch of alternative medicine – in fact, some people barely consider it alternative any more. Chiropractors use evidence-based care and practiced techniques to resolve pain and promote wellness. Modern chiropractors use both manual and instrument-based adjustment and myokinesthetic techniques to improve muscle help, depending on a patient’s precise needs. They may also offer spinal decompression therapy – a form of mild traction that is good for relieving bulging and herniated discs.
Many chiropractic offices also offer therapeutic massage and physical therapy. For athletes in particular, combining chiropractic and physical therapy can get them back on the field faster than either could alone. A few have in house personal trainers and most can recommend a personal trainer if you and they think you need one. Chiropractic care does not stop in the office – if you go in for an adjustment, expect to be given stretches and exercises to do or recommendations on improving your work space so as to promote health and avoid a recurrence of the problem. Postural training is another thing chiropractors do – most of us have poor posture, and if we consistently, for example, sit more on one seatbone than the other, we will push our spine out of alignment, eventually causing pain.
Some also give nutrition advice. The purpose of chiropractic care is not to repair “damage” to the body, but bring the body’s system all the way into balance – which is why healthy people, especially athletes, often benefit from regular visits to a chiropractor and many athletic teams have one on staff.
What you can expect from a visit, thus, depends on your condition and lifestyle. A chiropractor will do an assessment and establish what you need to get healthy or achieve proper wellness, and then come up with a plan that is personalized to you, rather than being a standard protocol for your symptoms. This plan may include chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression therapy, lifestyle and nutrition advice, massage therapy and even a referral to a personal trainer for a new fitness plan. As a holistic form of medicine, chiropractic looks at the entire person, not just their pain. You will probably have a number of follow up visits scheduled, depending on how much work needs to be done to restore wellness.
If you are experiencing back or neck pain, have been in a car accident, or have chronic headaches, it is worth finding out what a Nashville chiropractor can do to fix the problem. If you are perfectly healthy but would like to improve your range of motion and balance, or find out if you are really as healthy as you think you are, it might also be worth calling a chiropractor and asking what you can do to help yourself get even better.