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Is Chiropractic Care and Treatment for Everyone

Updated on September 6, 2012

 

Everyone is built different therefore what suits some people may not suit another.  Medical treatment of any type can affect people in different ways.  Let’s be honest, you would not go to a chiropractor for a broken leg or to have your appendix removed. Therefore we all need to visit different medical professionals for diverse complaints and injuries.

Some medical ailments can be helped with a variety of treatments, like acupuncture, natural remedies, chiropractors, surgeons and medical practitioners.

When it comes to back injuries, there are alternate ways to relieve the pain.  Each of the above can help in a variety of ways. The best way to avoid any type of pain is to prevent the injuries in the first place.  Therefore we all need to look after our spinal cord.

The spinal Cord

Causes of spinal and back pain injuries

Back injuries can happen at any time. We can put our back or neck out from simply sneezing. Other spinal cord injuries could result from:

  • Defects from birth
  • Falls from a height or tripping over
  • Sport injuries of any sort
  • Medical conditions
  • Traffic accidents

Any one of the above could damage your spine. Neck injuries and back injuries can also cause pain in many parts of the human body. It does not just affect the back itself. If your neck is out of alignment you may have headaches, migraines. You may be diagnosed as having tonsillitis or flaryngitis by your doctor, when in actual fact you may have something out in your neck. With manipulation from a chiropractor you will have no more trouble.

Treatment for the back may be done in a variety of ways:

  • A physiotherapist will diagnose the pain, which could be joint, muscles, nerves and use a drug free therapy.
  • Medical doctors, will often want to operate to rectify it. Often using a disk fusion method.
  • Chiropractors use manipulation to realign the disk of the spine to free the nerves often trapped between the disk and vertebrae. All of these treatments can and often do help relieve the pain in a variety of different types of injuries. Often the manipulation can relieve the pain immediately after one treatment or take longer to settle down.

Spine Control

Our spine controls everything. All our movements are controlled by all the muscles and ligaments attached to our spine. All the individual vertebrae provide support for the spine and each disc that is connected in front of your spine helps to support it.

Pain usually happens when nerves become pinched between the disks, this may happen from a simple bout of coughing or moving too fast in an awkward position.

If you neglect an injury, and it goes untreated it could cause further damage. To give an example: If your leg aches you tend to take more weight on the other leg which in actual fact will put more pressure on that leg to ease the pain from the other one. By doing this you are causing more strain on the original back injury.

I know of an instance where someone fell out of a vehicle as a teenager and not been diagnosed correctly. When they suffered years later in life they found after having x-rays that in fact he had broken his neck. Yes it can happen. Some people learn to live with high pain levels and that is why it went undiagnosed.

Treatment from Chiropractor

 On arrival for your first visit at your Chiropractor you will be asked to fill out a form. After an examination he may order x-rays. On viewing these he will know exactly where the problem is.  Your treatment may require a simple manipulation of the disks in your neck, shoulder, back or hips.  This will depend on the type of misalignment.

This is not normally a painful experience.  Although you will need to relax, as if you stiffen up it will make it harder for the chiropractor to manipulate or ease it back into place.  You may need further treatment.  He will also advise you weather in your case to go home and have a warm bath to help after the first manipulation.

In my personal experience I have a problem of relaxing.  I think I am ok and then as soon as he touches me I tense straight up.  Nowadays the chiropractors use a spring loaded gadget which is terrific, as they just put is against the area needing attention and one click and no more problems,  it has enough pressure to put it back in place with no stress felt on my part any more.

Different injuries do require different methods.  Always weigh up your options. If you are not happy with the treatment you receive from your medical practitioner, specialist, physiotherapist or Chiropractor then seek a second opinion, or try a different type of treatment altogether.

My husband and I both swear by our chiropractor. My husband was told by specialists when he was twenty five that if he did not have an operation he would be in a wheelchair by the time he was forty.  He is nearly seventy now and still walking.  Oh yes he has good and bad days like anyone, but without the chiropractor treating him I would hate to know how he would be today. 

So is chiropractic care and treatment for everyone?  I honestly cannot answer that, as every accident and injury is different and needs to be treated individually and in accordance to that injury.

Caring for your bones

It is very important that we all take care of our spine and the condition of our bones. Many people like myself included do not realize the danger of low bone density. After several tests to find out what was causing some health problems I found out that I have low bone density. The doctor suggested that I take fosomax.

Anyone can go and have a bone density scan from your local xray and scan departments.

Evidently a lot of problems of low bone density are caused by lack of Vitamin D. So if you are over 40 I would suggest that you take a course of Vitamin D and spend at least 20 minutes a day in the sun.

No I do not mean stand out in the full heat of the day. It would be best to spend this time outdoors during the hours of 9-11am and 3-6pm which these times would be less damaging to your skin. Look after your bones and health by preventing osteoporosis.

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    • restrelax profile image

      restrelax 

      6 years ago from Los angeles CA

      The chiropractor to manipulate or ease it back into place. You may need further treatment Read More http://www.restandrelaxbodyworks.com/

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Eileen - So true about going to a specialist. I just had my appendix out and thank goodness the doctor wasn't a chiropractor! Over the years I've had a few osteopathic manipulative treatments which really helped. Sometimes it is just about alignment. Anyhow, informative hub.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Nemingha, so so true. Like I said in the article some people cannot relax during the treatment and if this is the case it wont work. But everyone is different and the injuries are different too. Sorry your treatment wasnt a good experience.

      Glad you are ok now though. cheers

    • Nemingha profile image

      Nemingha 

      8 years ago

      I have been to a chiropractor twice about my back problem but didn't find the treatment helpful at all. In fact, after I left his office, the pain seemed to be much worse. Acupuncture, on the other hand, I have found to be wonderful and I can't praise it enough. Different strokes for different folks I guess. Nice hub.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      holdon100, If its only occasional then I dont know,

      but I know for serious pain it sure helps. thanks for stopping by

    • holdon100 profile image

      holdon100 

      8 years ago

      Very good information I have back pain comes and go

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Pure Chiropractic, yes well my husband and I both swear by it thats for sure. thanks

    • Pure Chiropractic profile image

      Pure Chiropractic 

      8 years ago from Nanaimo

      Greta article Eileen. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's certianly not a cure all, but I feel it is an important part of maintaining your health, like exercise, diet and stress management.

    • C.V.Rajan profile image

      Disillusioned 

      8 years ago from Kerala, India

      Informative article.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, They can do things on the spot that doctors cannot do at times. As long as you relax there is no problem.

      Beats me, You do not let a chiro work on you without them taking xrays to see what is wrong. that way there is no problems.

      We knew of a young girl that could not hear, doctors said she would never hear. After a couple of visits she started to hear a little eventually her hearing improved. That encouraged me to always seek other advice. He parents could not believe their luck at first either.

    • BeatsMe profile image

      BeatsMe 

      8 years ago

      Great hub, Eileen. Although for myself, I am afraid of chiropractors. What if they misalign me even more? :D

    • Support Med. profile image

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Never been to a chiro, although I think about it at times. Had a co-worker who swore by her chiro! Happy for you and your husband (no wheelchair!). Good article, rated up!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      billy, yes they do a great job. I would always make sure that he or she is an american or canadian qualified one though. But that is just me ... although we live in oz.

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Very informative hub - I was always scared of chiros until one day I had a rib out and nothing else worked - I went there and it was all fixed and have been back a number of times since.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Pamela99, As I said we swear by them. If you have a back problem they can manipulate it back if something has moved in your backbone. Or some people prefer the slow (in my mind) physiotherapy treatment. But we difinitely have never had a problem with chiro's. I think our one has been amazing for my husband, as there is not much he can do but relieve the pressure and reduce the pain now because. It has been a long haul over many years. And lets face it, his back is stuffed (to be honest now). thanks for coming by.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Eileen, thank you for some good information. I have been trying to get my husband to go to a chiropractor for his back but he won't go. I know many people find help with chiropractors. Good hub.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Eiron, yes Iam from over the other side of sydney. thousands of miles west oZ Looks small on the map but there are thousands of miles of nothing in some places.

      Good luck with the chiro. We swear by them. thats for sure. Thanks for stopping by

    • einron profile image

      einron 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Good hub! In fact, I have an appointment to see a chiropractor about my neck next week.

      I see that you are from Australia. It is an extremely vast continent. I was visiting my sister and her husband in Melbourne for three months. Sydney Harbour is really gorgeous!

      God bless!

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