Chiropractic Treatment – is it Right for You?

Chiropractors can help with long term, chronic pain in your back, neck or shoulders –  chiropractic treatment is considered to be an ‘alternative’ treatment, which means in many countries you won’t be referred to a chiropractor by your doctor. However, visiting a chiropractor is still one of the best things you can do if you’re suffering from chronic pain. They’ll help to realign your spine and release knots in your muscles until you’re feeling right as rain. If you’re suffering from any of the following, then a visit to a chiropractor could be right for you…

Shoulder Blade Knots

Knots that form near or behind the shoulder blade are a common occurrence and can be cause by tension or stress, or from an injury, which could occur whilst playing sports or perhaps from a trip or fall. Whilst you can often work some shoulder blade knots out by yourself using a tennis ball for massage (or asking a friend or family member to help), sometimes they can reoccur and if this happens you may need to see your chiropractor, who can help to eliminate them for good. Shoulder blade knots can be made worse by prolonged sitting or inactivity, which is why it is important to keep the area moving, even if it is painful.

Back Pain

It can often be hard to work out what’s causing your back pain, but for many people, sedentary jobs and lifestyles can be a trigger. Sitting on an office chair which doesn’t provide proper support for your back, or hunching over with your shoulders rounded all day can quickly lead to problems.  Did you know that around 65 million people in the US suffer from back pain of some sort?  That back pain often recurs – chronic back pain is one of the most common ailments in the western world. Visiting a chiropractor is a great way to ensure that your back pain eases or is even gone for good – it can really help those suffering.

Finding the Right Chiropractor

So how do you find the right chiropractor for your needs?  There’s sure to be a practice in your local area – many clinics will send out chiropractic newsletters which you can register for once you’ve decided to visit the practice. This will keep you informed about the practice and any relevant news relating to your treatment. You can look online for clinics in your area or even hunt in local press; bear in mind that in this day and age many practitioners will advertise on Facebook, as social media is one of the most effective ways to get your business noticed.

Is it Right for You?

If you’re in constant pain with a shoulder, back or neck injury, or have pain but you’re not sure where it’s coming from, then visiting a chiropractor is probably a good idea. At the very least, they will be able to advise you to visit your GP if it’s not an injury that they are capable of treating. Bear in mind that you’ll probably need to schedule time (and money) for several follow-up visits as one session of treatment is rarely enough. You should notice a decrease in pain and discomfort following each session and hopefully after several sessions (an average of 3-4 is to be expected) you’ll experience total relief from your back, neck or shoulder pain.

When to Visit

If you’ve been injured whilst playing sports or suffered a fall and are in pain, it’s important to schedule a visit to your chiropractor as soon as possible – the sooner you make an appointment for treatment, the more effective the treatment will be. There’s no point leaving it until a future date as you could cause further damage and end up needing more sessions than you expected.

Whilst chiropractic treatment isn’t for everyone, it helps the vast majority of people experiencing back, shoulder or neck pain – at the very least it provides some relief from pain and other symptoms and in the best case scenarios it completely resolves the injury and the pain. Why not look online or in your local press today to see where your nearest chiropractor is located and schedule an appointment?

Calvin Ford is a successful chiropractor turned freelance writer. Having owned his own practice for a number of years, he turned to writing for industry based blogs and newsletters several years ago, sharing his knowledge with industry professionals and patients. 

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