Long-term pain is a nightmare to live with, and chronic pain can affect many aspects of your health. Chiropractors work on restoring movement to reduce pain, and they also support long-term pain management, too.
What Do Chiropractors Do?
Chiropractors use their hands to apply pressure to various body parts to relieve pain and discomfort and increase flexibility and mobility. They are very specific and methodical and focus on not only the noticeable pain but also on the issue that’s causing it.
Research measuring the success of chiropractic treatments has shown excellent results in chiropractors’ ability to alleviate many conditions, such as migraines, muscle aches, sports injuries, and joint pains.
What Chiropractic Treatments Are Available?
Multiple treatments suitable for different types of pain exist in the chiropractic scope. Chiropractors commonly perform four main types of treatment:
- Soft-tissue therapy. Using specific hand movements applied at different pressures, the chiropractor will release tension by focusing on knots and scar tissue. A soft-tissue massage improves flexibility and strengthens muscles to prevent wear and tear.
- Spinal adjustments. A quick and intense controlled pressure is applied to a spinal joint — a treatment called spinal manipulation — to improve spinal motion and general body strength. Although there may be dramatic sounds, it’s completely safe when performed by a highly qualified professional.
- Joint bracing and taping. Some chiropractors apply tape to stabilize, or brace, injured muscles or joints throughout the healing process.
- Exercises and stretches. Chiropractors often help patients perform specific exercises and stretches that target different muscle groups or joints. This can help restore free movement and flexibility in affected areas. Patients may be able to practice some of these stretches and exercises on their own, to support long-term pain relief.
Chiropractors may also consult with or refer you to other medical experts who can help you better understand the underlying cause of your pain.
How Do I Know If I Need a Chiropractor?
Chiropractic care can support healing and may alleviate pain in a number of conditions. Some common concerns chiropractors help with include:
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Upper or lower back pain
- Tension in neck and shoulders
- Stiff or painful joints
If you are affected by these or similar conditions, a chiropractor may be able to help.
How Do I Find a Good Chiropractor?
If you’re looking for a chiropractor near you, consider asking your primary care doctor about chiropractors they may recommend. They already know your body, so they may have a better idea about whom to pick. Some family doctors, like ours at Spring Mountain Medical, even offer chiropractic treatments.
Results show that chiropractors are significantly helping their patients experience less pain and freer movement, through spine alignment, soft-tissue therapy, joint bracing and taping, exercises and stretches, and more. Schedule an appointment to learn how chiropractic care can help you take control of your pain.