One 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.
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.
Pain 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.
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.
Headaches – 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.
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.
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.