It is no secret that chiropractic has helped many overcome their back and neck discomfort, treating millions of people each year.
However, many still are unaware of chiropractic’s role in healthcare to optimize function and promote wellness. By understanding exactly what chiropractic is and determining whether or not it is safe, you can make a decision as to whether or not it is right for treating your pain and discomfort, or as an alternative to medicine or to compliment medicine..
Is Chiropractic alternative medicine?
Chiropractic is a separate and distinct form of healthcare and should not be confused with the practice of medicine. A chiropractor is a primary care doctor who specializes in spinal health and well-being. Chiropractors help their patients reduce pain, increase movement, improve performance, and enhance their quality of life, without the use of drugs or surgery. They focus on prevention, diagnosis and conservative care. Chiropractors are required to have graduate level degrees and are highly educated.
The following is everything to know about chiropractic, including what it is, how it compares to traditional medicine and whether or not it is safe.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that treats the spine and other parts of the body with spinal adjustments, extremity adjustments and therapies to aide the pain relief and healing. Here are a few of the ways chiropractic can help patients:
- Correct alignment problems
- Ease pain and discomfort
- Reduce swelling and soreness
- Promote health and wellness
There are a number of methods chiropractic uses to treat patients. This includes the use of adjustments, heat and ice, relaxation techniques and rehabilitation exercises. Typically, chiropractic is used to treat issues with the lower back, the spine and the neck. However, there are many conditions that patients present to the office for seeking relief relief:
- Meniere’s Disease
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Neck Pain
- Low Back Pain
- TMJ (Jaw) Pain
- Brain Fog
- Plus many others
Chiropractic vs traditional medicine
Chiropractic shares a similar goal to that of traditional treatment methods for pain but with a very different approach. Chiropractic tends to deal with more mechanical issues as opposed to issues caused by disease or illness.
Chiropractic can help many forms of pain that does not need a surgical procedure. In the event a surgical procedure is needed, a chiropractor can refer you to the proper specialist and surgeon for the surgery.
In many instances, chiropractic has worked for patients that have not found success through traditional methods, ultimately being able to relieve their pain through various chiropractic techniques not used in traditional medicine.
One technique is the NUCCA Procedure, a unique technique within the profession that focuses on the upper cervical spine (also known as the Craniocervical Junction). This is where the head meets the top bone of the neck, the atlas vertebra. This region is very important to have balanced. Even small misalignments of this region cause issues for patients. Some may have one symptom while others may have two or more symptoms, this is known as a syndrome. The Atlas Subluxation Complex will cause the the Atlas Subluxation Complex Syndrome (ASCS). The ASCS can cause discomfort and pain, it may also alter function and health. This will likely be due to a negative effect to the Autonomic Nervous System which is responsible for adaptation to the needs of the moment and maintaining normal body environment. This is homeostasis.
Are NUCCA Chiropractic Adjustments safe?
Traditional Chiropractic uses techniques that involve more forceful adjustments involving twisting, cracking or popping many fear that it is not safe and may harm them more than it helps them. Chiropractic is very safe.
However, reports of negative experiences through NUCCA Chiropractic adjustments are almost non-existent. A skilled, licensed chiropractor is able to help diagnose and locate the exact source of the pain. Then they can use this gentle and specific technique to relieve the tension, pain and pressure, without causing any additional harm or placing the patient in any risk.
When to visit a chiropractor
A chiropractor is able to treat any pain and discomfort that does not require surgery. Here are the most common reasons chiropractic care should be considered:
- Joint or muscle pain
- Chronic neck or back pain
- Limited range of motion
If you are considering NUCCA Chiropractic care and are unsure about how it can help you relieve your pain and discomfort, give us a call and we will be glad to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
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