Are you suffering from mild to severe pain and discomfort? Whether it is in the extremities your knees, hands, neck, back, fingers, toes, or another part of the body that hurts, you may be ready to make an appointment with your primary care physician. This is nice, but have you thought about chiropractic care? If not, you should. While chiropractic care is similar to traditional medical care, it can also be very different in some ways. How?
Natural versus Artificial
Over the past several years, enhanced focus has been placed on natural and organic. A lot of Americans are switching to all natural and organic foods and supplements. While that’s great, many of those same people turn to traditional forms of medicine and over-the-counter and prescription medications to seek relief from pain. Unfortunately that is not natural. Chiropractic care which addresses the root cause is. Chiropractors may use x-rays and MRIs to diagnose a problem and decide on a course of treatment, but that treatment is done with the precision of the hands. It is manual therapy designed to address the underlying cause of your pain.
Medications are often prescribed in traditional forms of medical care. Medications are not prescribed with chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractors do not write prescriptions. Some mistakenly believe this is because they “aren’t a good enough of a doctor.” That is simply not true. The main reason they don’t write prescriptions is because they typically do not believe in their use. Let’s be clear, patients are not discouraged from seeking temporarily pain relief with over-the-counter products, but it is only temporary. Chiropractors prefer to make adjustments to treat the problem of pain at it source, not covering up the problem with prescription medication.
With regards to medications, it is important to note the side effects. They are common. It is difficult to find a prescribed pain reliever without side effects. Even little side effects, such as an upset stomach or dizziness, can have a profound impact on your life. When seeking medical care, you want to seek relief, not have a new set of problems to deal with. That is why chiropractic care is best to treat pain, discomfort, and decreased mobility. Since there are no drugs prescribed, you will not experience side effects. But, you will get positive effects from either proper adjustments or therapeutic massages.
In terms of safety, there are little to no risks associated with chiropractic care. In fact, care is recommended for individuals of all ages. Both the very young and old can benefit from chiropractic care. With traditional medical care, there are more risks present. Many of the medications prescribed are only safe for certain individuals. For example, those under the age of 4 can rarely seek safe pain relief from over-the-counter or prescribed medications. They can, however, get a safe therapeutic massage or undergo a safe realignment to treat pain and discomfort from the chiropractor.
Chiropractors don’t perform surgery in most states. Often, it is not needed. Patients who seek medical care experience pain, discomfort, and decreased mobility. As I said before, realignment or a therapeutic massage often does the trick. You should consider treatments from least invasive to most invasive. As such, surgery should only be considered a last resort and performed by a qualified surgeon. But remember, surgery opens up a world of complications, including the invasion of germs and infection. Since the body is naturally healed using manual therapy, complications are non-existent.
NOTE: Chiropractors encourage those suffering from pain, discomfort, and difficultly moving to seek chiropractic care. What they don’t encourage is avoiding all traditional forms of medical care. Some conditions, such as the flu, cancer, and diabetes cannot be treated with manual therapy. Never put your health at risk. Chiropractic care is best to treat pain and discomfort. Always keep your primary care physician in mind for other non-pain related medical problems.
In short, there are many differences between chiropractic care and medical care. So, which should you opt for? If you suffer from pain or experience difficulty moving, contact a local chiropractor. See what they can do for you. Since there are little to no risks, you have nothing to lose.