A recent study from the National Center for Biotechnology shows that 33% of people asked avoided medical care because of a negative experience with a doctor or hospital, and 54% of people avoided medical care because of high cost or little to no insurance coverage. The population in general see medical treatment, doctors, or healthcare in a less than favorable light. A recent Gallup poll from 2018 also shows that the vast majority of people prefer a non-medication and non-surgical avanue to treat pain.
That's where chiropractic care really helps.
Contrary to sometimes popular belief, chiropractic care is one of the most affordable and least invasive medical treatments for the body. The basic principle behind tradntinoal chiropractic care is a body that is properly aligned in particular the spine, will allow for proper flow of fluids, proper muscle activation, and proper neuromuscular function.
Modern chiropractic care steps up to even more effective care by adding structural body support, functional reconditioning, and self-care measures to the treatment pathway. Studies ahve shown that this significantly enhances patient response to treatment.
A body that is in proper balance and with proper function will be more likely to be able to heal itself without any medication or surgical procedures.
Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider visiting a chiropractor before taking more invasive steps.
- Lower Back, Neck Pain, and Joint Pain Relief
Uop to 80% of Americans suffer or will suffer from low back pain, it is one of the most common problems among our modern workforce, which causes the need for strong painkillers or considerations for surgeries that can be dangerous and debilitating. Neck pain is also extremely common. In fact, back and neck pain have been called a world-wide epidemic. The most common casue of disability among men is low back pain, and back and neck pain produce a staggaringly high loss in work productivity nation-wide.
The non-invasive and natural approaches with chiropractic care provide relief from chronic or acute back and neck pain without the need for heavy medications, invasive injections, or risky surgery.
- Injury Care
The functional approach of modern chiropractic care is perfect for injury treatment. Disc injuries, nerve injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains, strains, whiplash, and even post-surgical care (really surgery is actually a controlled injury for the purposes of treating an underlying problem), can all be treated sucessfully with a well-designed chiropractic care plan.
- Controlling Inflammation
Muscle and joint inflammation, both acute and chronic, causes both pain and reactice muscular stiffness. Muscle stiffness causes weakness, which makes other muscles do the work for the weakened muscle (that's called muscle substitution).
Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to improve recovery time with joint and muscle pain because of its ability to combat inflamed muscles and joints, thus inhibiting muscle imbalances from becoming chronic pain. At the most basic level, improving movement and tissue congestiion often helps control and reduce inflammation.
- Headache and Vertigo Relief
Misalignment and posture movement in the spine has been shown to be a leading cause in both headaches and vertigo. These can also be caused by injury and postural strain. Chiropractic adjustments to the spine not only relieve pain and realign joints, but it also improves the movement, and reduces abnormal neurological responses producing dizziness, vertigo, and pain. Modern chiropractic care also adds functional retraining for added headahce and dizziness ocntrol.
- Physical Performance Improvement
Whether you are an athlete or weekend warrior, have a regular body alignment checkup is the key to preventative body care. Many sports teams have a chiropractor on staff to aid in recovery, acute injuries or muscular inflammation to keep their team running in tip-top shape. The benefits of chiropractic care in helping restore optimal movement also reduces injury while enhancing performance. Maybe that's why the best sports teams and elite athletes use regular chiropractic care, and even bring their chiropractors along to competitive events.
If Chiropractic care is something you are considering to find some pain relief, injury or whiplash care, headache treatment, or for preventative care, give Dr. Austin McMillin a call at ProActive Spine Care.
His thorough treatment plans focus on modern chiropractic practice include individualized approaches such as pain management, skilled adjustments, low level laser therapies, and deep core conditioning. Call our office at 253-564-1288 to schedule a consultation.