WHAT CONDITIONS DO CHIROPRACTORS TREAT?
Chiropractors work with patients of all ages and treat dozens of health conditions. While most chiropractors treat patients dealing with neck pain, back pain, and headaches, they also work with those who have musculoskeletal system disorders that put pressure on muscles and joints. Patients who schedule chiropractic care might have suffered from serious injuries and been recommended to a chiropractor by their general physician, or they might just be office workers suffering with aches and pains. Whatever the reason, there are chiropractic treatments available that can help a variety of patients with their aches, pains, stiffness, and poor spinal alignment.
IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE?
Chiropractic is considered one of the safest and least invasive therapies for those with musculoskeletal problems. The most likely side effect of spinal manipulation is a sensation of soreness and tenderness (similar to soreness felt after exercise) which usually lasts no more than 24-48 hours. Compared to the risks that come with the overuse of over-the-counter pain medications and prescription painkillers (which only treat the symptoms of a musculoskeletal ailment instead of the cause), chiropractic care is incredibly safe and a low-risk, high-reward method of treatment and pain management.
CAN CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
Yes, children of virtually all ages can benefit from chiropractic care. Kids are very active and often develop stiffness, soreness, and poor alignment from participating in sports and other physical activities—and spinal adjustments can help restore joint function and relieve aches and pains that come from this high level of activity. As always, chiropractic treatment is catered to the individual—so chiropractic for kids will be gentler in nature.
IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE ONGOING?
Not necessarily. It does take a least three or four sessions with your chiropractor to start seeing considerable benefits and a decline in stiffness, pain, and pressure, but even a single trip to your chiropractor will help with your ailments. However, the best course of action is to see your chiropractor regularly in order to maintain optimal spinal alignment and joint function!
WHAT ABOUT THAT POPPING SOUND?
While some people incorrectly believe that the popping sound you hear in the chiropractor’s office is a bone popping out of its socket or even a bone “cracking,” all those pops are merely the release of gas bubbles between your joints. Chiropractic adjustments cause changes of pressure within joints, which releases tiny gas bubbles—which is exactly what happens when you “crack” your knuckles.
DOES INSURANCE COVER CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
All insurance companies and plans are different—but for the most part, chiropractic is included in health insurance plans of public and private varieties. Because chiropractic can be used as a method of treatment or as preventative care, insurance companies are usually game to offer chiropractic coverage in their plans.