The History of Chiropractic Care
Many people today think of chiropractic care as a newer treatment option, but did you know that there has been evidence of healers using manipulations of the spine to treat their patients dating back all the way to ancient Greek and Chinese cultures? And, just as chiropractic care today is used to treat a wide variety of ailments — many of them unrelated to the spine — the spinal manipulations used by these ancient healers were used to treat a wide range of ailments. However, it was not until 1895, after D.D. Palmer improved the hearing of a partially blind man with a spinal adjustment, that chiropractic care was recognized as a treatment for ailments unrelated to the spine.
Several years after Palmer’s amazing discovery with his partially deaf patient, he opened a chiropractic school in Iowa — the Palmer School of Chiropractic. This school still educates chiropractors to this day. And, while more and more people have discovered the unparalleled benefits of this one-of-a-kind, noninvasive, all-natural treatment option, the fundamental ideas behind the practice really haven’t changed all that much over the years. The main focus is the same that it has always been — to facilitate the body’s natural healing process through spinal manipulation.
Today’s Chiropractic Care
Most people are familiar with the fact that chiropractic care can be used to treat neck and back pain, but what many people don’t realize is that it can be used to treat a wide range of other conditions as well. Through spinal manipulation, your chiropractic can work with you to treat a long list of conditions, including circulation problems, digestion issues, respiratory problems, stress, migraines, PMS, anxiety and so much more.
As we mentioned, the fundamentals of chiropractic care haven’t really changed, but there have been many advances made over the past several years in the chiropractic world. When today’s chiropractic patients take an active role in the healing process and in their health, chiropractors can work to treat and even eliminate many different health and wellness problems, including chronic pain. Not only does taking an active role mean to consult with a licensed chiropractor, but it also means to follow a healthy lifestyle by eating well and exercising regularly. For the most part, staying healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, and you’d be surprised at what a difference treating your body well can make.
How Does Chiropractic Care Work?
Chiropractic care is a holistic process in which spinal manipulations are used to support and encourage the body’s natural healing process. When your spine is out of alignment, it interferes with your nervous system and, therefore, your body’s healing process. Realigning the spine removes the interference and allows your body to naturally heal itself. In addition to spinal manipulations, chiropractors also promote long-term health by encouraging their patients to make healthy lifestyle choices. In some cases, chiropractic care can provide immediate relief to patients. Other times, patients may need to participate in a series of chiropractic sessions to find relief.
Why choose chiropractic care?
Many of the pain management techniques in modern medicine focus on treating the symptoms of a problem, not necessarily what is causing it. While these kinds of techniques may help you find short-term relief from your symptoms, they’ll never eliminate the problem, and you’ll have to keep getting treatments. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, works to treat the cause of the problem, which prevents the problem from arising again in the future. With chiropractic care, you won’t have to continuously treat the symptoms you’re experiencing because it treats more than just the symptoms.
In addition to chiropractic care focusing on the source of the problem, it’s also 100-percent non-invasive. With chiropractic care, no medication or surgery is required, and that makes is less risky than many of the modern, traditional approaches to medical care. Instead, chiropractic care facilities your body’s own natural healing process through spinal adjustments, which helps to manage pain and other symptoms. Not only do many chiropractic patients report a reduction in pain, but many also say that they’ve enjoyed an increase in their overall wellbeing.
What are the effects of chiropractic care?
Most modern medical treatments — whether they are used to reduce pain or treat an ailment — revolve around medications. Although prescription medications can be helpful in many instances, many of them also have undesirable and sometimes dangerous side effects. Long-term use of prescription drugs can also negatively impact the kidneys and liver.
The good news is that, because chiropractic care is focused on treating the source of the problem, it can reduce or, in some cases, even eliminate the need for prescription medication for some health problems. As we mentioned earlier, in addition to treating specific problems, like chronic back pain or migraines, regular chiropractic care positively impacts overall wellness, improving things like quality of sleep and energy levels.
Myths and Facts About Chiropractic Care
When it comes to chiropractic treatments, there is a seemingly endless amount of myths and misconceptions, most of which come from people who aren’t very familiar with the practices and concepts behind chiropractic care. Here are a few of the most common myths about chiropractic care:
Myth #1. Spinal adjustments are painful.
You may hear your spine crack or pop during a chiropractic adjustment, but rather than causing pain, spinal adjustments actually help to relieve pain, as spinal misalignment is often what causes chronic pain in the back or neck to begin with.
Myth #2. Chiropractors aren’t actual doctors.
In addition to undergraduate degrees, chiropractors are required to go through years of rigorous training in the field. Once the training program is complete, chiropractors then have to complete hours and hours of clinical practice under the supervision of a licensed chiropractor. Then, a chiropractor must pass a test and register with their state board in order to get licensed, much like medical doctors.
Myth #3. Chiropractic care is overly expensive.
The reality is that, when you compare the costs of chiropractic care to the costs of traditional medicine, chiropractic care costs around half as much. That’s because chiropractic care treats the source of the problem, rather than just the symptoms, which means that patients end up needing fewer treatments to find relief.
Myth #4. You can do your own spinal adjustments.
Not only is attempting to do your own spinal alignment likely to be ineffective, the likelihood is high that you’ll end up hurting yourself, especially if you’re not familiar with the various nerves and muscles in the spine. If you are suffering from back or neck pain, schedule an appointment with your chiropractor instead of trying to correct the problem on your own.
Now that you know a little more about chiropractic care, if you’re interested in finding an effective, all-natural treatment option, schedule your appointment with Chiropractic Wellness Center in Fort Collins today!