This subject is quite controversial as most people have such polarizing views. Personally, this has been a life-changer for me. After paying a visit to a chiropractor, in a short amount of time, I have noticed significant changes in my posture, increased flexibility, and just overall wellbeing.
According to Mayo Clinic, “Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and improve your body’s physical function.”
I was never convinced of the whole chiropractic thing. It was a final straw after I was in agony due to what I thought was a pulled muscle. The pain was so great that my wife convinced me to make an appointment. I reluctantly went along for an initial consultation and was instantly impressed with the thoroughness of the check-up. The chiropractor explained to me ‘why’ I’m in so much pain and talked me through how adjusting my posture will help. I didn’t know what to expect, not having been to a chiropractor before, and to my surprise, after just one adjustment my back pain subsided.
After few more sessions, I started to sleep better and felt the pain eased off my shoulders. The movement in my neck is back to what it used to be. I honestly feel ten times better than what I used to be.
I have spent a fortune on various treatments including massage and physio with limited short-term results. After several weeks of regular corrective treatment and recommended exercise I could see a difference in my posture and, more importantly, was pain-free for the first time in years. For all my friends who had problems with posture or general spinal health, I would recommend (perhaps shout from the rooftops) that they are worth a visit.
According to hard-core believers, chiropractors will seek and find the root cause and eradicate it, setting you up with a healthy foundation.It is rather a tall order to expect from such therapy that is rumored not to be based on a real science.
If you are anything like me (before my treatments), you will be skeptical and probably have more faith in the conventional medicine. I used to call this mumbo-jumbo-crackling. It was not real science, according to my ‘limited knowledge’.
The 2015 research done by the National Centre for Biotechnology Centre concluded: “ that further researches with high-quality research methodology are necessary to provide enough evidence supporting the effectiveness of chiropractic in the treatment of all applied ailments.”
Spinal manipulation has not been proven by the commonly accepted scientific methods except in the cases of lower back pain. However, it does not mean it is totally useless.
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Other complimentary therapies
Chiropractic adjustment is not the only method to heal the ailment of skeletal issues. You can see an osteopath for manual manipulation. They are trained doctors and quite knowledgeable about the skeletal system. For any skeletal muscle issues you have the option of seeing an acupuncturist, physical therapists, and deep massage therapist. These will work on your muscles, which is what holds your skeletal frame together. It would not be wise to discount these professionals.
A chiropractor is not for everybody
Chiropractic adjustments can be hit and miss. It works for some and for others it does not. Some real cowboys make outrageous claims, such as ‘curing cancer, etc’. Stay as far away as possible from those. Some also suggest that it is good for the immune system. I have not experienced this either. It is merely a way to manage your pain, some may say temporarily.
Disadvantages of paying a visit to a Chiropractor
- This is not for every injury. There are better-suited treatments.
- Risk of some manipulation that may cause further injury because of the wrong maneuvering of joints.
- The cost can spiral, especially when several adjustments with repeat visits are recommended.
- Although very low risk, very few patients have reported stroke after having had neck manipulation, according to 2014 American Heart Association released statement.
Before you consider going to a Chiropractor, you must:
- Get referral either from a doctor or trust friend/family. Do your research also by checking their website, reading the reviews, etc. Consult with the chiropractor with types of treatments and any possible side effects.
- Make sure the chiropractor is registered with a health regulatory body.
- Be aware of the risks such as the high-velocity neck manipulation that could rapture some arteries and lead to a minor stroke. This is very off-putting for many patients.
- Consider also seeing an osteopath. Osteopaths tend to treat the body as a whole and employ a variety of techniques to manipulate the body’s healing system.
There are complementary therapies that work wonders. Not all these therapies treat a wide range of ailments. Very little research has been done on what Chiropractors do. There are some risks involved, whilst some chiropractors oversell their abilities to heal.
Nevertheless, certain aspects of it cannot be denied. I know how I felt. I may be pushing the wrong side of 30, but after having had adjustments, there was a spring to my step, and was feeling a million bucks.
As with life, everything has pros and cons. Do not hesitate to go for it, if you feel a few adjustments may help. But beware of the risks.
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