When to choose Chiropractic Treatment

With so many options how do we know when to choose Chiropractic?

Close-up of a anatomy model of a human spine and pelvis choose chiropracticOne of the great things about life today is the wide array of options. We have plenty of options when it comes to the food we like to eat, activities we decide to participate in, places we want to go or approaches we take to juggle our work-life balance. Our health care is no different. There are many options we can choose from to tailor our health care to what best suits our individual needs. Today we will discuss some common symptoms that will help you know when to choose chiropractic.

How do we know which health professional to choose?

With so many different health professionals to choose from sometimes it is difficult knowing which one is the best one for you.

Our bodies try to give us clues as to what could be wrong. These are called symptoms. Depending on your symptoms, you can have a better idea of when to choose chiropractic.

Common presentations – when to choose chiropractic

Woman at chiropractic appointment choose chiropracticPain associated with movement – If the pain you are experiencing changes with movement and decreases with rest it is likely that it is related to your musculoskeletal system which involves your muscles, bones and connective tissue. Chiropractors are able to diagnose and treat the cause of your pain by reproducing your symptoms and restoring function.

Pain that travels – If you have pain that starts in one place but moves to different areas, this is called referred pain. Referred pain can come from nerve impingement (when there is a structure squishing a nerve either at its root or further down its peripheral pathway) or muscle trigger points. Choosing chiropractic for treatment will ensure that your joints, muscles and nervous system are assessed thoroughly for the underlying cause of the referral pain.

  • Referred pain can also be visceral which is pain referred from the organs (such as pain moving to the left jaw, neck and arm experienced during a stroke or heart attack). With visceral referral, the pain will most likely not be associated with movement. In this case, visiting your medical practitioner would be the best option.

Tissue Injury – If you have been injured, the degree of injury will dictate where is best for you to seek help. If you have strained a muscle or sprained a joint or are recovering from a previous injury. Chiropractic may be the right choice for you to help ensure your joints and muscles are functioning and healing properly.

  • However, if you have an open wound, dislocated a joint or broken a bone the hospital is the right place for you to go.

Woman at chiropractic appointment choose chiropracticHeadaches – If you have a tension headache that creeps up over your workday, a familiar migraine that takes hold or you have a headache associated with your neck position or muscle tightness, chiropractic care is a great treatment option to unload the area of tension and relieve your discomfort.

  • If you have a sudden massive headache that is different than any you’ve had before, causes a change in vision, fever, nausea, vomiting or dizziness. Visiting your medical practitioner would be the best option.

Chronic Pain or Injury– If you have been dealing with an issue that either hasn’t responded to muscle therapy or medication or keeps reoccurring, chiropractic may be a great option for you. Our bodies are great at coping with biomechanical or musculoskeletal imbalances and can keep us functioning by using compensatory changes to get the job done. Over time, we overload the body and create microtrauma which eventually leads to something somewhere giving out. If we only treat the area of pain, we are only treating the symptoms and not the underlying problem, which allows the same problems to reoccur. Chiropractic identifies and treats the underlying biomechanical imbalances, unloading the areas of tension and implements prevention strategies.

  • Many presentations such as fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes, various forms of arthritis, depression and other medical conditions are also associated with chronic pain. In these cases, multimodal co-management may be the best treatment option. Visit your local medical practitioner for more information.

General postural or musculoskeletal checks – Just like our annual dental, vision and physical check-ups we required every year, it is important to have your neuromusculoskeletal health checked. To ensure that your muscles, joints and nervous system are functioning properly. Poor posture and body imbalances can overload our tissues causing microtrauma which can lead to issues further down the line. Having an annual neuromusculoskeletal health check will allow us to address any current underlying issues and implement injury prevention strategies to keep you functioning at your optimum level.

These are just a few examples of when to choose chiropractic care for treatment. Most commonly chiropractic is known to be an effective treatment for neck and back pain. However, chiropractors are able to treat any joint of the body including your hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, feet, ankles, knees, hips and your pelvis. Not to mention any of the muscles spanning these joints.

For more information regarding when to choose chiropractic, call Hands on Health Care at (02) 9949-3017 or book your next appointment online

November 12, 2018
Katie MacRae