Keeping an individual’s spine in top form equals less pain and more mobility, flexibility, and freedom. The body wears down and is a natural effect of aging that happens to every single one of us. Spinal issues related to aging can become serious if not addressed and enacted upon with exercises, stretching, and chiropractic maintenance.
Aging and The Back
It is normal for the spinal discs and joints to deteriorate with age. Spinal stenosis or the narrowing of the spinal canal can also be part of the aging process. Two conditions brought on by aging are degenerative disc disease and arthritis that can also include stiffening of the spinal ligaments and osteoporosis.
Degenerative disc disease is experienced by 40% of individuals 40 years of age
Increases to 80% for individuals 80 years of age and older.
It centers around discs that gradually change from being mostly water to mostly fat.
When it is fat, the discs become narrowed and lose elasticity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 23% of American adults have arthritis. This is a condition that mainly affects the facet joints. The joints become swollen, which reduces the range of motion and can impinge on the spinal nerves, causing pain, weakness, and sciatica. With time the ligaments around and in the spine stiffen, reducing the range of motion, causing stenosis. Bone loss, or osteoporosis, is brought on by changes in hormones and other factors like nutrition. Aging is a natural process, but individuals can help their spines stay in top form no matter how old they are.
Practicing Healthy Posture
Right off the bat proper healthy body mechanics is a must. Staying aware and mindful of body posture maintains alignment and keeps the body balanced. Healthy posture will help reduce the effects of:
Degenerative disc disease
Risk of spinal fractures
Practicing proper posture includes:
Make sure the workstation is in top form and ergonomically sound
Make sure to bend the knees when lifting and keep the spine as vertical as possible.
Yoga can be highly beneficial for a healthier, more youthful spine. Yoga fulfills three areas for keeping the spine in top form. This includes:
Achieves ideal body weight
Yoga is an age-defying activity for the spine. Because it:
Can be helpful for a variety of spinal conditions, specifically arthritis pain
Falls can cause serious injuries. Yoga can also help work on balance as well.
See a Chiropractor
Preventive medicine is key to keeping the body healthy, youthful, and as strong as possible. A chiropractic examination can determine if there are any spinal problems and a diagnosis to develop an optimal treatment plan. If body function is limited because of pain in the back and/or legs, contact Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic and get the spine back in top form.
Exercise/Stability Ball Curls
This exercise works muscle groups specific to spinal strength and includes the:
Hip abductors and rotators
Exercises like this are one of the most effective ways to build functional strength and endurance in the hamstrings, hips and prevent injuries. To do this workout:
Lie on your back with the knees bent
Lift legs up so the bottom of the feet rests on top of an exercise ball
Roll your legs out until they are straight
Hold the position for a second or two
Return to the top of the movement while squeezing the hamstrings
Working these muscles will help make squatting, lunging, or bending motions easier on the spine.
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Back soreness, pain, and discomfort can make walking even moving a challenge, but through assistive devices, you can keep moving. If a spinal condition affects your ability to walk or if you have recently undergone surgery, a cane or walker can help maintain your independence.
Canes and walkers are designed in a simple fashion, but come with amazing benefits: They improve:
Takes stress/pressure off the spine
There are all kinds and styles of assistive walking devices. Here are a few tips to help you select the best cane or walker.
Which To Get Cane or Walker
There are options when it comes to choosing but with so many options knowing which is the best for your condition can be challenging.
Talk with your health provider, which could be a primary physician, nurse, chiropractor, physical therapist, or other health care professionals familiar with your medical history and discuss which device would suit your condition and lifestyle the best.
Canes and walkers each have their pros and cons depending on the condition/s. Some considerations to think about when choosing between a cane and a walker:
What is the purpose of the device?
Canes are ideal for problems that occur on one side of the body like sciatica, which often affects one leg, and walkers are ideal for pain that occurs on both sides like weakness in both of the legs.
Which should I get to support my weight?
Canes can support up to 25 percent of your weight, and walkers can support up to 50 percent.
What is the amount of stability you need in the device?
Walkers have the most stability, but there are four-point canes that can also support proper balance and spine safety.
What amount of flexibility do you need in the device?
If you want perhaps the flexibility to go up and downstairs�a cane may be a better choice, as walkers should not be used on stairs.��
Considerations and Questions
Once you�ve decided on what type, then it’s time to decide which type to buy and make sure it is the correct model and style for you. A health care provider can help you find the right model that suits your needs, fits correctly and will educate and show you how to properly use it. Considerations to think about when buying a cane or walker.
Canes fall into three categories:
Standard: The simplest type of cane and comes with a comfortable T-shaped handle. This helps with balance, but these aren’t able to bear as much weight.
The Offset: A cane that can support more weight than a standard model comes with a flat grip for those with a weak grip and an upper shaft that can bend outward.
Multi-legged: Multiple-legged canes offer maximum stability, perfect for preventing slips, and falls. The only issue could be is that because of the multiple legs means it can be a little awkward at first. But once you get the hang of it
Questions for a Cane
What grip should I go with?
There�s no right or wrong grip. This all comes down to you and what feels the most comfortable as you move around. But, larger grips work better for those with joint problems, and the foam grip style or a type of memory foam that shapes to your hand seems to be the current trend.
What if the grip I chose is not the correct one?
If numbness, tingling, or pain begins to present in your hand/s when using the device or after, consult your doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist.
Where are Canes available?
Canes can be purchased at medical supply stores and pharmacies. But they can also be purchased online, which is extremely helpful if the model you want is not available at the store.
Where to learn how to properly use the cane?
Talk to your chiropractor, physical therapist or doctor who can give you tips and guidelines on how to use the device. They will also help make sure that the cane fits correctly.
Working with a health care professional to achieve the right fit can be highly beneficial. If the grip does not feel right, it’s not comfortable, or if it’s too long/short, the cane ends up doing more harm than good. A therapist/chiropractor will make sure everything is right.
Walkers fall into three models:
Standard: These walkers have four legs with rubber ends and provide quality support and stability. But, because there are no wheels it needs to be picked up to move around.
Front-wheel walker: This type has two wheels in the front and two solid legs in the rear. This type does not need to be picked up and requires less effort.
Four-wheeled walkers: These move the easiest, but they can be difficult to get used to placing all your weight because of the easy rolling. Although they do have breaks and wheel adjustments to control the wheel speed, it can take some getting used to and training. Some models come with a seat.
Questions for a Walker
What grip should I go with?
Walker grips are usually made of hard plastic, non-slip rubber, or flexible memory foam. Again it�s all up to you to decide which is the most comfortable.
Preparing the home for a walker
Walkers can get snagged on rugs or bump into the furniture so it�s a good idea to set up your home and move the furniture/objects to help accommodate your movement.
Where can I purchase a walker?
Walkers are available at medical supply stores and pharmacies. They can also be purchased online.
How can I learn how to properly use my walker?
Using a walker can be a little uncomfortable at first. Movements that were easy, like sitting to standing might need to take some time to get the feel of it. But with time and practice, it will become second nature. Talk to your doctor or chiropractor/physical therapist about the right way to use your walker. They can help you develop a strategy and technique to improve mobility.
Spine Pain Won’t Slow You Down
Mobility assistive devices, like canes, and walkers can help you move around after an accident, spine surgery, or a chronic spine condition and allow you to maintain your freedom.
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As you move into your senior years, you may expect some discomfort and loss of mobility. Aging is hard on the body. But it is important to understand that there are things you can do to feel better. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and�chiropractic care�can all make your senior years active and thriving.
Most of us know what sciatica means and that is low back pain that radiates/spreads into the buttock down into the leg and sometimes into the foot. The pain can be mild to excruciating, but fortunately, if it is mild�sciatica can usually be alleviated in 3 months.�These are a few non-invasive conservative treatment therapies that can be done at the house.
Here are a few at the house sciatica remedies for people who started experiencing sciatic nerve pain or whose pain is not severe. But you should get a doctor�s approval before trying any of these at the house therapies.
If sciatica has been present for a few weeks or the low back and leg pain has become debilitating you should see a doctor.
House Tip 1. Exercise is OK & Beneficial
It might seem strange to exercise when you�re in pain, but research has shown that too much rest can aggravate back and leg symptoms.
Remember this is not a hardcore burning massive calories exercise, but a gentle exercise routine that you can work into your day.
These Exercises should not be painful or strenuous.
A walk around the house is a great form of physical activity that keeps your spine strong without worsening the injury.
Make your spine stronger with core exercises, but make sure they will not exacerbate your sciatica symptoms. And remember that exercise triggers the release of endorphins to reduce the pain.
House Tip 2. Start Stretching
Start doing gentle stretches regularly. Stretching will improve your spinal flexibility and motion range and also builds core strength. Most stretches can be done while watching your favorite show/movie.
House Tip 3. Ice Packs and Heating Pads Help
Alternating heat and ice therapy can bring relief from nerve pain. Ice helps reduce inflammation, and heat generates blood flow to the areas of pain that speeds up healing. Both help reduce muscle spasms that usually come with sciatica.
Apply the ice pack for 15 minutes once every hour, and then bring the heat for 15 minutes every 2 or 3 hours. Remember to protect your skin when using these pads, and never sleep with the heat or ice pads.
House Tip 4. Change Your Posture
If you are working at your desk or just relaxing, don’t stay in the same position too long, as it can make the pain spike.
Therefore move around and change your posture every 20 minutes. Using the correct posture for various activities will help take the pressure off your spine and reduce symptoms.
House Tip 5. If You Need To Use Medication Properly
Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help ease symptoms when they present. These medications can relieve inflammation and pain, whereas acetaminophen (Tylenol) only reduces pain.
However, there are health risks, so make sure to discuss their safety with your doctor.
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
The Remedies Are Not Working
Recognize when at the house remedies are not reducing your symptoms. When the treatments aren’t helping, it could be time to see a doctor, chiropractor or spine specialist.
People including myself want to avoid the doctor. It could be knowing how to use your health insurance or if you don�t have any. Whatever the reason do not opt for the ignorance is bliss and hope it will all go away.
If you need help figuring out how to use your insurance here at Injury Medical our staff are trained to help guide you through the process. And if you don’t have insurance we can still help and work out different types of plans.
Now there are sciatica symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention. In these rare cases, holding off medical care could cause permanent nerve damage.
If any of the following occur, please see your doctor as soon as you can:
There is severe throbbing/stinging pain in your low back and legs
Nerve associated symptoms like:
Electric shock-like pain
The pain is not improving after 2 weeks
The pain gets worse, even with house therapies
Loss of bowel or bladder control
At the end of the day reducing sciatica symptoms doesn�t always mean having to use an extreme treatment approach. Relieving sciatica symptoms at the house with light exercise, ice/heat therapy, correct posture, and medication can help speed up recovery. The most important thing you can do is to take it seriously and call your doctor or chiropractor if relief is not happening.
Please contact our chiropractic team today to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica. We are ready to help you feel better and get back on your feet again!
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A study cited by the health magazine�Prevention�found that sixty percent of sciatica sufferers who failed to get relief from other treatments found their symptoms improved after chiropractic care. In fact, they got the same level of relief as those who went through surgery � without any of the serious side effects that so often come with surgical procedures.
Cervical radiculopathy happens when a pinched nerve in the neck (cervical spine) causes pain.
Radicular pain can extend beyond the neck and radiate down:
This type of nerve compression also causes:
The neck consists of 8 pairs of nerves that control several motor (strength) and sensory (feel) functions.
The cervical nerve roots at the top send movement and feeling signals to the head and neck, and the nerves at the bottom enable motor and sensory function to the arms and hands.
If one or more of the spinal nerves in the neck gets pinched, it can disturb its ability to function correctly.
This results in radiating pain in the neck and other areas of the body.
This condition can affect anyone but usually affects middle-aged adults.
Men also tend to develop cervical radiculopathy more than women.
The natural aging process on the spine is what usually causes cervical radiculopathy.
The spine goes through the aging process just like the rest of the body and even more as it is the basis of our structure.
This process can lead to several degenerative spinal disorders, that include:
Cervical spondylosis (osteoarthritis)
When nerve passageways begin to narrow, intervertebral discs begin to protrude,� and bone spurs, caused by these disorders can put pressure on the nerves in the neck.
The condition can also be caused by a traumatic injury to the neck like whiplash or sports injury.
Rarely is it caused by an infection or spinal tumor.
The primary symptom is pain radiating from the neck down to the:
The above is an example of sensory function, which is related to feeling.
In addition to sensory symptoms, radiculopathy can also cause motor dysfunction.
Motor dysfunction relates to muscles and movement.
Reflex changes in the neck and upper body and weakness are examples of motor dysfunction.
A spine specialist/chiropractor has several tools to diagnose cervical radiculopathy.
First and foremost your medical history will be reviewed and then will be:
Asked to describe symptoms
A physical exam will be conducted�to recreate the pain in a controlled manner in the:
Example: Spurling�s maneuver, which gently rotates the head, while applying gentle pressure.
Once the information from the medical history and physical exam are done,��imaging tests such as an MRI�may be ordered so they can pinpoint the location of the nerve compression.
MRI scans show the soft tissues in the spine, including the nerves.
The doctor may request a pair of diagnostic tests called electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction exam if there are significant upper nerve arm and neck pain.
These tests help understand if there is nerve damage, the cause of the damage and if the symptoms are related to the nerve damage.
EMG and nerve conduction tests are usually performed together to help in the diagnosis.
Once the spine specialist confirms the diagnosis, they will develop a treatment plan to relieve the nerve compression or prevent it from getting worse.
Most cases are taken care of with non-surgical treatment, however, if the following occurs you should contact your doctor:
Neck pain does not improve with treatment in the time your doctor expects.
Pain worsens regardless of treatment
Or you develop new:
Weakness in the
If you experience symptoms in the lower body like:
Weakness in the leg
Lack of bowel/bladder function, then seek medical attention immediately.
These symptoms may indicate cervical myelopathy, a more severe condition.
Cervical myelopathy is the compression of the spinal cord.
When the spinal cord gets compressed, it can generate widespread spine issues and usually requires surgery.
Treatment Cervical Radiculopathy
Like most types of spine pain, a doctor will recommend trying one or more conservative treatments first.
Conservative treatments are nonsurgical means.
It�s important to understand that just because a treatment is considered conservative does not mean it is ineffective.
In fact, it�s quite the opposite. Most people with nerve compression in their neck respond well to conservative therapies.
Though research on the efficacy of conservative treatments for cervical radiculopathy has produced mixed results, findings show that these therapies help eliminate pain and other nerve-related symptoms (like numbness and muscle weakness) in 40-80% of people.
The following are the most common conservative treatments:
Over-the-counter medications, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications(ibuprofen, Motrin)
Prescription medications, like steroids (prednisone), neuropathic agents (gabapentin, pregabalin), and muscle relaxants (baclofen, cyclobenzaprine)
Cervical spinal traction, that can be performed during physical therapy
Avoiding strenuous activity, but don’t avoid all activity, as too much rest can exacerbate the injury and extend the recovery time
These conservative treatments can go on for 6 to 8 weeks. If there is no improvement or it gets worse, then a doctor may want to step you up to the next level.
This may include steroid injections.
Cervical epidural steroid injections are considered a second-line treatment for radiculopathy that is not responding to conservative therapy. These injections send a dose of anti-inflammatory medicine into a specific nerve root�s that can relieve pain.
The number of injections differs from patient to patient. A doctor will make recommendations based on the condition and response to the first injection.
If the first injection reduces the pain and symptoms, a second or third injection might not be necessary unless symptoms recur.
If more than one is needed, they are given 3 weeks between each injection.
Injections can help manage pain and inflammation, but cannot strengthen or improve the flexibility of the cervical muscles.
Because of this, a doctor may prescribe physical therapy, chiropractic or an exercise program to condition the neck muscles.
When surgery is needed it is considered a last resort option. This is not a guaranteed solution and there are risks and complications.
Different types of surgical approaches are available. These procedures can be performed minimally invasively in a hospital setting or an outpatient surgery center.
Discussing options with a doctor and whether you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery or not, along with other types of surgery e.g. artificial disc, is a discussion that is different for everybody, as some patients have existing medical conditions that can increase risks and complications.
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)
This approach is the most widely used surgical approach.
The surgeon makes an incision through the front of the neck and removes the damaged intervertebral disc, fills the empty space with spacers to restore the height and attaches spinal instrumentation (plate, screws) for stabilization.
A bone graft is then packed into and around the body spacers for bone ingrowth and healing.
Posterior cervical foraminotomy
Here, the surgeon accesses one or more levels of the cervical spine with an incision in the back of the neck.
Foraminotomy decompresses the nerve root by removing whatever is compressing the nerve like a bone or soft tissue.
The procedure opens/widens the neural foramen or the nerve passageway where the nerve exits the spinal canal.
Cervical artificial disc replacement (C-ADR)
Here an artificial disc device is implanted in the empty disc space.
C-ADR is like a shock absorber and enables healthy movement the way that an actual disc does.
A compressed nerve in your neck can lead to radiating pain. This pain can make it almost unbearable to do simple tasks, even moving the neck from side to side or just opening a jar. Conservative treatment like chiropractic and exercise can ease the pain of this condition and restore function. Fortunately, surgery is rarely necessary.
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Alfonso J. Ramirez now retired, found follow-up treatment with Dr. Alex Jimenez for his neck pain. Mr. Ramirez experienced chronic pain and headaches, but after receiving chiropractic care, he found relief from his symptoms. Ever since that time, Alfonso Ramirez has continued to maintain the alignment of his backbone with Dr. Jimenez. Mr. Ramirez is grateful for the chiropractic care he’s received for his neck pain and for his knee and shoulder pain. Alfonso J. Ramirez recommends Dr. Alex Jimenez as the non-invasive pick for neck pain.
Approximately two-thirds of the population being affected by neck pain at any time throughout their lives. Pain that originates in the cervical spine, or upper spine, can be caused by numerous other spinal health issues. Joint disruption in the neck can generate a variety of other common symptoms, which include headaches, head pain, and migraines. Neck pain affects about 5 percent of the global population, according to statistics.
Around 3 million individuals suffer from plantar fasciitis
Signs of a long day, wearing the wrong shoes, both or you may have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. We don’t take our health seriously until we go through excruciating pain or some form of debilitation. Feet are the foundation of the body and when they are not at 100% there are going to be problems.
Identifying, diagnosing, and treating plantar fasciitis can be fast and easy with chiropractic orthotics!
What is it?
Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the tissues in your foot.
People think it only affects the heel, however, it can affect any or all of the bottom of the foot. Because it�s the tissue between the toes and heel that gets inflamed.
The tissue is called �fascia� hence the name of the condition: plantar fasciitis.
Heel spurs were once thought to be the cause of the discomfort, but now is a symptom of plantar fasciitis.
Many people who have plantar fasciitis wake up with stabbing pain in the bottom of their feet during the first few steps of their day.
Early morning pain and stiffness is a big indication of PF.
Also called �policeman�s heel,� pain and discomfort also arise after long periods of standing, walking, exercise.
The fascia in the foot acts as a shock absorber, which helps support the arch of the foot.
With time, increased tension, small tears begin to happen in the fascia, that leads to the inflammation.
Who gets Plantar Fasciitis?
People that stand on their feet for long hours, such as:
Are at a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
Wearing improper shoes, meaning too tight, too loose is another contributing factor.
Shoes that have arch support and heel protection are considered best and help to avoid pain and discomfort.
Abnormal walking gait
When heel or foot pain is not treated, it can lead to
Many adjust their walking to compensate for the pain and discomfort that can lead to more problems.
Being flat-footed raises the likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis regardless of age or lifestyle.
Other Contributing Factors
Weight also contributes to plantar fasciitis because it puts greater stress and tension on the feet as they hold the body. Exercise can help, but be sure that they are exercises specifically designed to help treat plantar fasciitis. Because certain types of exercise like running, aerobics, jumping, and dance-based workouts can lead to heel pain and plantar fasciitis.
Identifying and diagnosing plantar fasciitis is straightforward and relatively easy. Diagnosing plantar fasciitis does not require an X-Ray or MRI, which is one reason many people avoid seeking treatment. But it’s best to seek the advice of a trusted healthcare professional.
There are several ways to treat plantar fasciitis:
Rest is one of the best remedies, especially if it is caused by exercise or excessive stress.
Icing the area can help manage the pain
Stretching and/or light physical therapy
Stretches that focus on the Achilles tendon and lower leg muscles help stabilize and strengthen the ankles and heels.
This helps to:
Chiropractic and physical therapy can help with:
Stretching the muscles and tendons
Work out and tension
Provide day-to-day stretches
Kinesio taping along the bottom of the foot, heel, and lower leg but should be done first by a professional like your chiropractor to show the proper and most effective method then you can do it yourself.
Chiropractic orthotics, or custom insoles, can help immensely because they are custom made to each individual.
There are a variety of types designed for various types of pain and discomfort.
Custom chiropractic orthotics can work in nearly any type of shoe.
They are easily and custom made specifically to your body, which factors in your weight, posture, and gait.
If you�re experiencing any of the symptoms like heel pain, throbbing pain when you wake-up, or pain along the arch of your foot, then don’t hesitate and make an appointment with us today!
Our chiropractic/physical therapy team will teach you how to make small adjustments to your lifestyle, show you how to stretch properly, and how to use custom chiropractic orthotics to get you back on your feet with comfort, control and freedom to live your life.
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Gloria underwent foot pain that stretched throughout her body. Her plantar fasciitis developed because of her regular activities. Gloria explains how her well-being has been influenced by her afflictions. The custom made foot orthotics supplied for her by Dr. Alex Jimenez, a chiropractor in El Paso, TX, tremendously helped relieve her foot pain and plantar fasciitis symptoms. Gloria explains the comfort that the custom-made foot orthotics supplied for her symptoms. Gloria highly recommends Dr. Alex Jimenez as the non-surgical selection for foot pain and plantar fasciitis treatment, among other problems.
Particularly true with foot dysfunction is when the mechanics of the foot are off, which can throw off the alignment of the entire body.�Overpronation and oversupination in the foot�can lead to severe and�chronic back pain. Ankle pain refers to any type of pain or discomfort in the ankle. This pain could generally be due to an injury, such as a sprain, or due to another health issue. As stated by the National University of Health Sciences, or NUHS, an ankle sprain is one of the most frequent causes of foot pain, making up 85 percent of all ankle injuries. A sprain occurs when the ligaments tear or are overstretched.
Chiropractors utilize a combination of treatment techniques and methods to ease ankle and foot pain. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective, alternative treatment option which focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of a variety of injuries and conditions associated with the musculoskeletal and nervous system, including foot and ankle pain.
Plantar fasciitis/heel pain syndrome�is the most common cause of heel pain, that results from a gradual degeneration of the plantar fascia or sudden trauma.�Individuals describe the pain like sharp stabbing or deep aching in the middle of the heel or along the bottom of the foot that happens when walking or standing. Pain arises in the morning after taking the first few steps or after extended periods of sitting/lying down/non-activity.
When it comes to chiropractic care, we believe in it, we�ve seen how great it works, and there are plenty of happy patients that can testify to its effectiveness.
However, there are some nay-sayers who believe that medical treatments are the only way to treat health care concerns and health conditions. While we do believe that medical treatments do indeed have their place, we also know for a fact that chiropractic offers far more benefits, provides faster results for many conditions including pain management, and provides farther reaching care that goes to the heart of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms.
If you�ve chosen to incorporate chiropractic care into your health plan, you�ve made a very wise decision. There are many benefits that chiropractic patients enjoy that those who choose a more medical-centric way do not. Here are three great advantages that chiropractic care will provide � and they�re big ones.
1. Chiropractic treats the root of the problem.
Modern medicine certainly has its place. It has helped many people. However, it tends to be rather short-sighted when dealing with many conditions.
Chiropractic, on the other hand, seeks to find the root of the problem, to address the reason the patient is having the problem and correct it.
For instance, if a patient came in with back pain, a medical doctor may prescribe painkillers and invasive treatments. Their goal is to stop the pain.
However, a chiropractor will try to find out why the patient�s back is hurting and address the cause while treating the pain without medications or invasive procedures.
2. Chiropractic is completely natural and noninvasive.
Chiropractic is entirely natural, using spinal adjustments and other techniques, combined with nutritional advice, lifestyle recommendations, and all-natural supplements.
�The others� are more reliant on medications that are often largely synthetic and have unpleasant, even dangerous side effects. Some medications are even addictive. Surgeries and other invasive procedures can leave you with difficulty in mobility and limited range of motion as you heal.
When you visit a chiropractor for your back pain, he or she will not only adjust your spine, they will also talk to you about your daily activities, habits, even how you sleep. They will make recommendations about things you can do to prevent the pain and strengthen your back. It may mean making some changes or doing some special exercises, but your treatment will be tailored specifically to you and your needs.
3. Chiropractic treats the body as a whole.
Medical treatments tend to treat what�s hurting right now but rarely look beyond that to see how the whole body is affected. What�s more, they don�t tend to look at what is causing the problem, treating the body in parts.
This is unnatural and not the best way to combat pain and many health conditions. It may work for a while, but eventually, issues in the body will manifest in other areas as well.
For instance, a problem with the hip may manifest as knee pain. The doctor treats the knee but does not address the hip (which is the cause of the problem). Eventually, the hip worsens, and the back, knee, and ankle become affected. The hips and other joints on the other side may also become affected as the body tries to compensate.
Chiropractic treats the body as a whole, not as parts. It finds the cause of the problem and addresses that while also treating the part that is in pain.
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