Telling Signs You May Be in Need of a Chiropractor

Unfortunately, pain and discomfort are a part of life. That’s the bad news — although certainly not breaking news!

There is good news, however...

Most of the time, those aches can be treated or, at the very least, managed and minimized. The point is, you don’t have to suffer or live in pain. But you’ll need proper care and attention. Visiting a chiropractor is a great option and, oftentimes, a smart solution. But how do you know if a chiropractor can treat what ails you? Making an appointment for a consultation should always be the first step, but perhaps you’re thinking it may end up being a waste of time — and time is something you never have enough of. To help with that concern, here is a list of 10 symptoms and issues that absolutely warrant consideration of a chiropractic consultation.

Back pain

Let’s start with the most obvious — back pain. Whether you’re suffering from chronic back pain or experiencing something new, a chiropractor Delray Beach can take steps to identify the cause of your issue and develop a treatment plan to deal with it. There are undoubtedly several potential causes for back pain, and they can affect different areas of the back — lower, mid and upper. There are multiple types of back pain as well, such as muscular and skeletal. Regardless of the cause, location and type, a good chiropractor Delray Beach will be able to diagnose and, depending on your specific issue, treat your ailment or refer you for additional treatment and care. In fact, a study cited by The Good Body website in December 2016 indicted that 56% of patients who went to a doctor with low-back pain reported a 30% pain reduction after four weeks, while 94% of low-back-pain sufferers who went to a chiropractor reported a 30% reduction during the same time span.

Neck pain

While most associate the term “chiropractor” with the back, these professionals actually specialize in misalignments of the joints, most notably those within the spinal column, which includes the neck. Therefore, not unlike individuals suffering with back pain, individuals dealing with neck discomfort can also benefit from chiropractic treatment. A chiropractor will work to identify the cause of your neck pain and will craft a plan that can include anywhere from one to a series of treatments. Adjustments are a popular and effective treatment for neck pain, and while this frequently is all a patient requires, a chiropractor will carefully devise a plan to address each individual’s specific needs, which may include additional forms of care.

Shooting pain in your leg(s)

Sometimes you may have pains in other parts of your body and not even realize they are attributed to issues with your back or spinal column. For example, if you have sharp and/or shooting pains in your leg — or legs — the cause may very well be a slipped disc or pinched nerve. With careful examination, a chiropractor can detect the root of the issue and perform an adjustment to remove pressure from the nerve. Once the pressure is reduced, you will also notice a tremendous reduction or elimination of the pain. The spinal cord plays a major role in the body’s overall function and can contribute to a great deal of aches and pains. Visiting a chiropractor can help you identify and overcome your biggest pain points because they not only treat the symptoms but also the cause.

Headaches

There are numerous triggers for headaches. Some of the more common are stress, exhaustion, dehydration, lack of oxygen and misalignment in the neck area of the spine. While everyone gets a headache from time to time, if you are a chronic sufferer, it would be wise to consult a chiropractor Delray Beach. Adjustments can be made to improve spinal alignment and blood flow, which can help reduce your susceptibility to headaches. Spinal manipulation has also been proven to help minimize both the severity and frequency of migraines for those who are prone to getting them. Those who suffer with this condition will surely tell you that when they are in the midst of a migraine, they would do anything to make it go away. While migraines have many causes, you are not helpless when it comes to dealing with them. A chiropractor may be able to help, and you owe it to yourself to find out.

You spend a lot of time sitting down

Sitting down may feel good but doing so for extended periods of time can actually have very adverse effects on your body. Maintaining that position for several hours a day, especially if you’re at a desk and leaning forward to use a keyboard, can actually contribute to the development of poor posture. Poor posture can result in poor alignment of your spine, leading to slipped and herniated discs. If you have a desk job that puts you at increased risk for these types of issues it is best to be proactive and visit a chiropractor Delray Beach before you experience any symptoms or pain.

Reduced flexibility

Perhaps you’ve noticed you can’t quite move your arms and legs the way you used to. Maybe your reach is limited or you just can’t bend like you once could. Or maybe you can’t bend at the waist or turn your head like you want or need too. With age and physical changes to your body over time, your flexibility is likely to suffer. A chiropractor Delray Beach can find the source of your issue and realign your spine, bones and joints to help restore your range of motion and functionality.

Not sleeping well

Most people are surprised to discover that chiropractors can actually help improve the amount and quality of sleep for their patients. Blood flow is improved through chiropractic manipulation, which in itself, helps put the body at rest and improves sleep quality. Spinal misalignments also create stress on the body and mind, which negatively affects an individual’s ability to sleep. Correcting these misalignments helps restore the body’s balance and sleep patterns.

Recently involved in an accident

Accidents occur every day, whether they be vehicle collisions, slip and falls, or another form of bodily trauma. These events tend to cause injuries to the body and can range from minor to severe. Addressing these injuries immediately helps prevent them from becoming larger and more painful issues. A chiropractor will help diagnose and treat any pain you may be experiencing. Even if you’re not in any pain, if you’ve recently been involved in an accident of some kind, receiving a chiropractic evaluation to help avoid or prevent future problems is a good idea.

Stress

Stress has many triggers and it has a very negative effect on an individual’s physical, mental and emotional health. We all face stress and seek coping mechanisms throughout our lives, but did you know that a chiropractor Delray Beach is a valuable tool in managing stress? By ensuring your body is in proper alignment and minimizing any undue strain or pressure along the spine of in the joints and muscle tissue, stress is actually reduced, leaving you feeling healthier and happier.

Reduce dependency of painkillers

Painkillers have become a real problem in today’s world. Far too often, individuals become dependent on these medications in an effort to function and feel better. Sadly, this dependency has become so significant that it has been deemed a “crisis.” Visiting a chiropractor and allowing them to properly diagnose and treat your pain can ultimately lessen or eliminate the need for painkillers and other medications.

This is a much healthier, effective and economical solution to dealing with pain. Contact the Back Shack today to schedule your free consultation and begin your journey on the road to wellness.