- Perhaps one of the biggest decisions that you must make just starting out in practice will be if you prefer to use manual or instrument-assisted adjustments.
- Should you hire a Public Adjuster to assist with an insurance claim?
- The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Public Adjuster
- Why hire a public adjuster?
- When should you hire a public adjuster?
- The drawbacks of hiring a public adjuster
- How to find a good public adjuster
- Pros and Cons of Chiropractic Care for MS
- The Importance of Feeling Better
- What Chiropractic Therapy Can and Can’t Do
- Costs and Risks
- Chiropractic Treatments For Multiple Sclerosis
- How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Is Helping MS Patients
- What Are the Warning Signs and Symptoms of MS?
- The Correlation Between the CNS and the Upper Cervical Spine
- Natural Help for Multiple Sclerosis Patients
- The Pros and Cons of Seeking Chiropractic Care
- How can a chiropractor help me? Chiropractic Pros
- Why don’t we all visit a chiropractor? ‘Cons’ of chiropractic care
Perhaps one of the biggest decisions that you must make just starting out in practice will be if you prefer to use manual or instrument-assisted adjustments.
Both types of adjustments have their pros and cons. Fortunately, there is a large body of research comparing manual adjustments to instrument-assisted ones that can help you determine which one is right for you.1
Pros: Perhaps the main advantage for manual adjustments can be found in the linguistic basis of the word chiropractic itself. It is derived from two Greek words: Chir, meaning to use the hands; and praktikos, meaning to practice.2 In essence, the work that you do involves using your hands.
Your first experience in chiropractic school performing any adjustment on an actual patient almost certainly involved a manual adjustment. You learned how to “read” a patient’s musculoskeletal system with your hands, which may still be your best guide to diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, manual adjustments are beneficial because they take you back to the root of why you became a DC—to heal people with the use of your hands.
Another distinct advantage to manual adjustments is that you will not have to worry if your adjusting instrument is not functioning properly. There are no parts to break down, run out of power, or become obsolete. Everything you need to perform adjustments is right there at your fingertips.
Cons: By the same token, use of your hands may also be the main disadvantage for performing manual adjustments. If we look at manual versus instrument-assisted adjustments strictly in terms of the physics, manual adjustments require either more force than an instrument adjustment over a smaller area or the same amount of force as an instrument adjustment but over a larger area.3
All of these extra forces required for manual adjustments can take a toll not just on your patients, but also on you. Over time, your hands, wrists and arms will get sore.4 Furthermore, manual adjustments often take more time than instrument-assisted adjustments because it may be more difficult to access the target joint with the hands than with an adjusting instrument. This may eventually add up to bottom-line money being lost because of that extra time needed for each patient.4
Pros: As previously noted, one of the main advantages for instrument-assisted adjustments is that each adjustment can deliver the same amount of force as a manual adjustment, but focused on a smaller area. This, in turn, benefits both you and the patient in terms of physical effort.3,4
There is also a solid body of evidence showing that instrument-assisted adjustments are at least as effective as manual ones and have the benefits of increased accuracy and decreased amount of time needed per adjustment.1,4 A 2012 article published in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association performed a meta-analysis to determine the effectiveness of adjusting instruments.5 Meta-analysis papers pool together the findings from smaller papers on a specific topic to determine if there are patterns of similarity to the results. In the case of this paper, the researchers looked at the results of eight papers and found that “reported benefits to patients with a spinal pain and trigger points.”5
Cons: There are some initial costs that come with using an instrument-based adjusting system above and beyond just the purchase of the instrument itself. You may need to go through training, either in person or online. You will likely want to purchase a service contract (particularly for computer-based instruments), and there may also be maintenance and repair costs to consider. These can be rather daunting for a chiropractor just starting out in the profession.
You may also not feel as confident in performing adjustments if you cannot actually feel the joint shifting back into proper alignment with your hands. There is often a certain reassurance in actually feeling the sublaxations being corrected under your fingertips.
Ultimately, you must decide for yourself if you want to only do manual or instrument-assisted adjustments, or a combination of the two. Each has its pros and cons, and you will decide what those will be for your specific needs.
- Instrument adjusting AKA mechanically-assisted adjustments.org. Accessed 4/13/2016.
- Origin of chiropractic. Merriam-Webster.com. Accessed 4/13/2016.
- Instrument adjusting vs. manual adjusting, part one: The physics. Chiropractic Economics Accessed 4/13/2016.
- Instrument adjusting vs. manual adjusting, part 2: Bottom-line benefits. Chiropractic Economics Accessed 4/13/2016.
- Huggins T, Boras AL, Gleberzon BJ, et al. Clinical effectiveness of the activator adjusting instrument in the management of musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review of the literature. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2012;56(1):49-57.
Posture aids (often called posture braces) are very common, temporary treatments for neck, shoulder, and back pain as well as neck, shoulder, and lower back injuries. Each affected or injured area has its own special brace designed to support it, and they’ve been used around the world for many, many years. But do they really work—and are they safe? What are the advantages and drawbacks of using such devices? Continue reading to learn more about the pros and cons of posture aids.
PRO: Posture aids offer some support for injured joints, giving relief to the wearer. However, they are best used as more of a reminder to straighten up—the posture aid should not be used to take the full weight of the wearer’s neck, shoulders, or back. Used correctly, posture aids can help the wearer feel less pain and attain more mobility.
CON: Posture aids are only temporary—they should not be used over extended periods of time. This kind of usage tends to weaken the muscles and may even cause further injury due to the aid supporting the bulk of the weight instead of the muscles, causing atrophy.
PRO: Posture aids are often low-cost. As far as treatments for neck, shoulder, and back injuries go, posture aids are relatively inexpensive. This is especially beneficial to those who may have to take time off of work due to their injuries. Braces can range anywhere from $20 to $300.
CON: Posture aids are not really a do-it-yourself solution—you shouldn’t simply go to the store and buy a brace. Posture aids should always be provided by a healthcare professional who should also adjust them and explain exactly how to use them properly. While it is much easier and potentially less expensive to do so, you may end up making your problem worse by buying the wrong type of brace or wearing it the wrong way. You should go see a doctor, chiropractor, or other physical therapist for an assessment, and they will recommend a brace that suits your body and type of injury as well as give you specific instructions on how to wear it.
PRO: There are many brands and types of posture aids to choose from. Again, take heed of your doctor’s recommendation, but you can also do your own research. Check reviews and read objective articles (not advertisements) to find out which brands are the most highly reviewed. There are many decisions to make, such as whether you’ll want thick or thin straps (thick straps that do not dig into your shoulders or back are often recommended), what type of material you prefer (opt for a material that allows your skin to breathe, especially if you are allergic to certain materials), and how much adjustability you’ll need (too much is better than not enough). Of course, the most important considerations are whether the brace will do its job and whether it’s comfortable for you to wear. Remember, you’ll need to wear your brace for a considerable amount of time, so don’t settle for one that doesn’t feel right to you.
CON: Posture aids cannot permanently fix your posture. While posture aids can help support your neck, shoulders, and back, they are not a cure for poor posture. Think of a posture aid as one tool in your toolbox for a pain-free neck, shoulder, or back—it is not a magical fix. It is important to take your posture problems seriously and use your posture aid correctly.
CON: You must stick to your posture aid schedule. In order for your posture aid to do its job, you must follow your doctor’s instructions on when and for how long to wear it. If you wear your brace for too long, you’ll be allowing your muscles to weaken and atrophy. Lastly, if you don’t wear it enough, you’ll be losing out on the benefits that posture aids offer—so simply follow the instructions faithfully.
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Should you hire a Public Adjuster to assist with an insurance claim?
It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare – a hurricane has destroyed your home and now it’s time to make an insurance claim. Will you get fair compensation from your insurance company? The process of rebuilding and the costs invovled can be very overwhelming. Add trying to figure out how your insurance will help and you’ve got one stressful situation. That’s why some people turn to public adjusters who represent them when dealing with insurance claims. If you’re wondering “should I hire a public adjuster?” read on for more advice.
“The best time to hire one is before the insurance adjuster comes down to inspect your property,” says Buddie Greenberg, president of National Public Adjusters in Yonkers, NY. “Would you want to go into court before hiring an attorney?”
The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Public Adjuster
Why hire a public adjuster?
According to the Insurance Information Institute, a public adjuster is hired by the business or residential property owner to assist with an insurance claim. The public adjuster is hired to advocate for you and to pick up the bulk of the claims legwork. They typically help file the claim, work with the insurance company’s adjuster and secure the settlement.
A public adjuster should not ask for a deposit or payment up front as they’re paid at the end of the claims process. Public adjusters don’t have a relationship with your insurance company and they’re paid a percentage of your final claim payment – usually around 10 percent – but may go as high as 15-20 percent depending on the size of the claim and the public adjuster you’re working with. Smaller claims typically carry a higher percentage than larger claims. After a disaster, your state insurance department may set a percentage that public adjusters are allowed to charge you, the III says.
When should you hire a public adjuster?
Greenberg says adjusters are typically called in for large property-damage claims. While there is no minimum, his office, which handles cases in New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and Florida, usually involve claims of $25,000 or more, though he says he has taken smaller cases in the past. Generally, a public adjuster is called with claims of $10,000 or more, according to Bankrate.com.
Dealing with insurance adjusters can be challenging for a public adjuster, Greenberg says, but even more daunting for individuals to go it alone.
“It’s not a fun business, you have to have thick skin,” Greenberg said. “When I first started this business – it used to be fun. Today, (the insurance companies’ adjusters) have one supervisor over another who have oversight. The supervisors who make rulings are usually not even from your area.”
Public adjusters recommend that they be called immediately or very early into the claims process. Some property owners call a public adjuster once they run into issues with their claim, but bringing the adjuster in in the ninth inning can mean more delays – even up to 60 days, according to an article on Bankrate.com.
The drawbacks of hiring a public adjuster
Critics say hiring a public adjuster can waste valuable claim payment money. An article on independent-adjuster.com suggests that essentially people are reducing their reimbursement in order to pay a public adjuster.
“The truth is that all insurance adjusters work for your insurer, public adjusters included. How is this possible? As mentioned, P/A’s work for a percentage of the claim settlement,” the article states. “This means that the public adjuster has to raise the dollar amount of the insurance claim intentionally just to make his services appear worthwhile to the insured, or otherwise clearly indicate to the insured policy holder they will lose money immediately by hiring a public adjuster. “
But Greenberg disagrees. He says that public adjusters typically result in the property owner getting a more fair settlement than if he or she had pursued it alone. The Bankrate article referred to a Florida study in 2008 and 2009 that showed policyholders who hired public adjusters generally receive higher settlements. The study showed that the average settlement involving a public adjuster was $22,266 compared to $18,659 without one.
How to find a good public adjuster
If you decide to go the public adjuster route, then shop around, like you would your insurance policy. Like any industry, there are good ones and not so good ones.
Greenberg says there are obvious signs when a public adjuster isn’t working for you. Some warning signs include:
- Unreturned phone calls: The public adjuster should return your calls promptly. Your public adjuster is working for you and should be responsive.
- Same answer over and over: Your public adjuster should be making headway. If they keep telling you that the insurance company isn’t responding, there might be an issue. (Greenberg says in cases where this happens, he’ll include the client on a three-way call to the insurance company).
When trying to find an adjuster, online reviews on sites such as Angie’s List, can help you get started. The III also recommends property owners check references, call your state’s Better Business Bureau or your state insurance department to find an adjust you can trust.
Hopefully before you need to file a claim, you have good insurance coverage in place. Call an InsuraMatch insurance advisor today at (844) 824-2887 to review your coverage and compare quotes from leading insurers to get the best coverage at the best rate.
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Pros and Cons of Chiropractic Care for MS
Chiropractic is a form of complementary medicine that focuses primarily on the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic treatments — often called adjustments — usually involve hands-on manipulation of the spine and sometimes other joints.
Clinical research has found some evidence that chiropractic spinal manipulations can help with low back pain and may also be helpful for neck pain and headache. Indeed, the most common reasons for visits to chiropractors are low back pain, neck pain, and headache.
While there’s no research showing that chiropractic has any effect on symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), some people with MS report feeling positive effects when they see a chiropractor.
Sean Casey, for example, a partner in the Albany, New York office of the marketing company Eric Mower + Associates who was diagnosed with MS in 1988, made his first chiropractic appointment after jarring his back, and he’s returned for treatment periodically over the years.
Getting chiropractic therapy, he says, helped him feel better and ultimately had an effect on his MS. Fatigue wasn’t as much of an issue, and he had more endurance and better control over his movements. Because the chiropractor corrected his back problem, Casey says, he was able to become more active without pain.
Los Angeles-based Sherry Chandos, who’s had MS since 2001, also feels she’s benefited from seeing a chiropractor. She originally went to a chiropractor because of pain in her lower back and legs, and she says the biggest benefit was relief of the lower back pain.
But getting adjustments also helped her tackle the exercises she’d been given by a physical therapist to improve balance and strength, and to reduce spasticity from MS.
The Importance of Feeling Better
“Feeling better about yourself, and feeling better in your life while managing the disease and the symptoms of MS, are critical parts of living with a chronic illness such as MS,” says Aliza Ben-Zacharia, a nurse practitioner at the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for MS at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
While Dr. Ben-Zacharia doesn’t usually prescribe chiropractic care for her patients — particularly those who have spinal lesions or degenerative changes in the spine — she notes that gentle massage and chiropractic care are “permissible, especially if it’s making people feel better about themselves.”
“Open communication and discussion about the use of all complementary and alternative methods is highly important, and building partnerships with patients is critical in the care of people with MS,” Ben-Zacharia says.
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What Chiropractic Therapy Can and Can’t Do
David Mallory, a chiropractor now retired from Georgia & Thurlow Chiropractic in Vancouver, British Columbia, has had MS for 20 years and has both received chiropractic care himself and delivered it to others with MS. He firmly believes it can help with management of the disease.
MS symptoms are caused by a neurologic loss, Dr. Mallory says, and there’s nothing a chiropractor can do to reverse that. What chiropractic therapy can do is help with the problems associated with MS. If MS causes foot drop, for example, the altered gait can cause back and hip pain. Getting a chiropractic adjustment may help relieve that pain while you work with other practitioners to find the best treatment for your foot drop.
Costs and Risks
Chiropractic care is often more affordable than other types of specialty care — although it’s always a good idea to ask about fees up front since they vary from place to place. Mallory’s Canadian office charges in the $50 range for a visit, and he says the cost is similar in the United States. Some health insurance plans cover chiropractic care, which can also help with affordability.
As for risks, Mallory says that going to a chiropractor is fairly safe, and that people with MS face no more risks than people who don’t have MS.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) does point out that the side effects of chiropractic care can include sore muscles, fatigue, and headaches. Very rare risks include bone fracture, injuries to the spinal disks and to the nerves of the lower spine, and stroke as a result of the therapy.
The NMSS also states that chiropractic should be avoided by pregnant women; people with a severe herniated disk, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, fractures, dislocation, or trauma of the spine; and people being treated with blood thinners. And, of course, never use chiropractic care in place of your traditional MS treatment.
Casey recommends coordinating your care by asking your chiropractor to share your records with your neurologist.
Chiropractic Treatments For Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, also known as MS, is an autoimmune disease where the immune system begins to destroy the outer layer of tissue that surrounds and protects the nerves, also known as myelin, in the brain and spinal cord. The deterioration of the myelin obstructs any communication between the nerves and brain. When the myelin is attacked, not only is the brain/body connection completely disrupted, but the nerves are eventually destroyed, resulting in debilitating complications.
Some of these symptoms include muscle spasms, stiffness, paralysis, problems with the reproductive organs concerning bathroom and sexual behavior, changes in brain function, including memory loss, erratic emotions, depression and even epilepsy. What is most unsettling about the disease is that it has the ability to affect virtually anyone at any age.
However, although it is unknown why multiple sclerosis affects certain people over others, there are certain trends that the disease seems to follow concerning infection. Caucasian women between the ages of 15 and 60 seem to be affected more than anyone else. There are is also evidence that suggests that if your parent or sibling has had the disease, then you have a greater chance of also coming down with it. The disease has also been found to occur more in southern Canada, northern United States, New Zealand, southeastern Australia and Europe. There has also been a link between multiple sclerosis and thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease.
Living with multiple sclerosis is often described as debilitating due to its crippling symptoms. Many people suffering from MS become interested in alternative care in order to find some relief from the daily pain they experience. Although there is little scientific evidence as of right now, there have been many people living with MS that report getting alleviation from their incapacitating symptoms through chiropractic treatment. Patients claim to have higher energy, better muscular control and the ability to be more active in their daily life. Being able to diminish the pain plays a huge part in building confidence in patients with multiple sclerosis, which then aids in better management of the disease, according to doctor Nesanet Mitiku, MD, PhD. Mitiku encourages chiropractic care for patients who are interested in trying treatments, since it gives them a better outlook on living with the illness.
Although chiropractic doesn’t have the ability to treat the mental aspect of the disease, it may be able to help with the physical side of MS. The nerve damage that occurs during the progression of multiple sclerosis can cause the spine and pelvis to become misaligned. Chiropractic manipulations may be able to realign both these skeletal areas, allowing the muscles to work more efficiently. When a patient of multiple sclerosis is able to use their muscles to the best of their ability, then their quality of life will be greatly improved.
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How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Is Helping MS Patients
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating neurological condition that progressively affects the central nervous system (CNS). At present, there is no cure for this disease. Sadly, it affects not only adults but also younger people. It is the number one CNS disease afflicting young men and women today.
We’re about to take a look at some of the signs and symptoms of MS. We will also consider how the central nervous system is affected by this degenerative condition. Finally, we will offer hope to those who are suffering from MS by discussing a natural therapy that is helping some who are dealing with this condition, including one well-known celebrity.
What Are the Warning Signs and Symptoms of MS?
While it can start early, the most common age range for the onset of multiple sclerosis is 20 to 40. About 60% of MS patients are female. MS is not contagious, so you don’t have to worry about catching it from a friend or giving it to anyone if you are the patient. Here are some of the early warning signs of MS:
- Visual Disturbances – This is one of the most common and earliest symptoms of MS. Inflammation caused by the diseases results in blurry vision, double vision, or even complete vision loss.
- Numbness and Tingling – When the CNS is not functioning properly, your brain may fail to receive signals from parts of the body. As a result, you may experience numbness in your extremities such as your arms and legs. Your face may also tingle at times.
- Pain and Muscle Spasms – Chronic pain afflicts more than half of MS patients. The muscles may spasm or grow stiff, especially the legs.
- Weakness/Fatigue – This is one of the most common early warning signs with 4 in 5 patients experiencing fatigue or weakness that can’t be otherwise explained. This is a result of degeneration of nerves in the spinal cord. The legs are the first part of the body to weaken.
- Vertigo/Dizziness – The room may seem to spin, or you may often get lightheaded. Balance decreases as the disease progresses.
- Bowel and Bladder Problems – 80% of patients will experience either a frequent urge to urinate or difficulty holding it. Less commonly, a person may experience bowel issues such as diarrhea, constipation, or loss of bowel control.
- Cognitive Symptoms – Memory problems, reduced attention span, and language issues afflict about half of MS patients. Mental health issues such as depression or anxiety are also common.
While these are some of the signs that people notice first, they are not the only symptoms of MS. Patients may also experience:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Loss of hearing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Respiratory problems
All of these things occur as the body attacks the cells of the central nervous system just as it would normally go after an intruder such as an infection.
The Correlation Between the CNS and the Upper Cervical Spine
Researchers have examined the connection between the symptoms of MS and the presence of subluxations in the upper cervical spine that reduce the proper drainage of cerebrospinal fluid. This is referred to as CCSVI (chronic venous cerebral-spinal insufficiency). 77 patients were involved in the research. Each of them suffered from Multiple Sclerosis as well CCSVI resulting from upper cervical misalignments in the C1 and C2 vertebrae (top two bones in the neck). Upper cervical chiropractic (a subspecialty) was used to treat the subluxations. The results were a significant improvement in the alignment of the upper cervical spine as well as a statistically significant improvement in the symptoms of the patients.
This is not the only research that reveals a connection between the upper cervical spine and Multiple Sclerosis . Consider the following:
In May of 2001, Dr. Erin Elster, an upper cervical chiropractor, published a case study involving a 47-year-old woman. Her symptoms set in at age 44. Within just 4 months of upper cervical care, her symptoms were in complete remission.
A 2004 paper was published involving 81 patients who suffered from either MS or Parkinson’s disease. All of the patients were found to have misalignments in the upper cervical spine. 91% of the MS and 92% of the Parkinson’s patients experience significant symptomatic improvement, and the conditions no longer progressed.
Montel Williams, a popular talk show host and accomplished author, informed the public that he was in pain 24 hours a day and struggling with his balance due to Multiple Sclerosis before finding upper cervical chiropractic. He revealed on a special episode of his own talk show that within days of his first adjustments he was walking better and in less pain.
Natural Help for Multiple Sclerosis Patients
If you are suffering from multiple sclerosis, the idea that there may be a natural way to find some symptomatic relief may seem too good to be true. However, as you can see from the case studies and testimonials noted above, a number of Multiple Sclerosis patients have already experienced outstanding results.
Don’t give into a feeling of hopelessness when you haven’t even exhausted all of your options yet. Upper cervical chiropractic care is bringing hope to many who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis by helping to boost the central nervous system. This, subsequently, may be exactly what your body needs to prevent further progression of the disease or even to help mitigate the existing symptoms.
To learn more about upper cervical chiropractic care, set up a consultation with a practitioner near you. It could be your first step on the path to getting your health back under control.
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The Pros and Cons of Seeking Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care has become hugely popular and people are lining up to get their backs adjusted and their stress relieved. Before going to the chiropractor, you should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is generally considered safe and you can try it out if you think the pros outweigh the cons, and you are willing to take some risks to get rid of that bothersome back pain.
Chiropractic treatments are quite inexpensive and short sessions do the trick. Chiropractic maintenance can provide important health benefits, including relief from back and neck conditions, arm or wrist pain, sleep disorders, arthritis stress and tension disorders, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, sciatica, knee, foot, and ankle pain, fibromyalgia, bursitis and many more.
As a whole, chiropractic care helps for sports injuries, preventing the degradation of the joints of extremities and the spine, helping with chronic conditions like arthritis, endinitis, compressions, disc herniation, nerve irritation, etc.
Chiropractic care is seen to be beneficial for neck pains and headaches. It can also improve nervous system function, provide preventative care, relieve prenatal discomfort, and Increase vitality.
Chiropractic care comes with its fair share of risks. These risks range from bone damage to a fatal stroke. But there are quite some discrepancies when it comes to the credibility of chiropractic care in scientific study and personal anecdotes. The personal anecdotes sing wonders. On the other hand, scientific studies aren’t big fans.
Chiropractic care revolves mostly around spinal manipulation. However, neck adjustment is different. It is more sensitive and has quite a concerning risk added to it. A study released by the American Heart Association in 2014 shows that neck adjustment by a chiropractor may be linked to an increased risk of stroke. And a number of reports on deaths due to chiropractic neck adjustment came to light recently.
These treatments require quite several visits to the chiropractor. So even though a single session may seem cheap, the bill stacks up along with the number of sessions.
Since chiropractic care is basically the manipulation of the spine and usually requires high-velocity thrusts. People with bone damage are advised not to undergo chiropractic care due to increased chances of bone damage.
One of the concerning risks is the credibility of the chiropractors. It essential that you don’t end up at a non-licensed chiropractor.
A huge number of people are seeking chiropractic care nowadays, in most cases, the outcome is said to be positive. As a whole, every medical treatment has its pros and cons. Seeking chiropractic Mesa, AZ chooses from a reliable chiropractor can reduce the risks attached to it and it can provide relief from a wide array of injuries and aches.
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Four out of five people will not visit a chiropractor, even when they have back pain. A lot of sufferers remain ignorant of how chiropractic care can help, often because of widespread misconceptions about chiropractors. Here, we weigh up the chiropractic pros and cons of care:
How can a chiropractor help me? Chiropractic Pros
Muscular pain is the main reason people visit a chiropractor looking to relieve the pain in their necks, shoulders, backs and legs. This pain may have stemmed from a particular incident, such as a sporting injury, or may have just worsened with age. After an initial assessment, chiropractors can design a bespoke course of treatment for this pain, usually consisting of spinal adjustments, manipulation and even massage.
Chiropractic care is not a quick fix. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs are often used to treat spinal pain, but they in no way identify the root of the problem. A chiropractor can tell you why you are experiencing pain and analyse your nervous system specifically. This is highly individualised and tailored treatment, and helps to create lasting pain relief. While medication can wear off and become less effective as your body becomes accustomed to the drug, chiropractic care can greatly assist your efforts to remain pain-free in the longer term.
We often underestimate the necessity of good posture. As our world advances and becomes more technological, we are seeing a rise in the amount of time people spend hunched over electronic devices, and our workplaces are becoming more office and desk-based. Our spinal health is deteriorating rapidly. The pressure on our necks, the position of our heads, and the unnecessary strain on the upper spine all exemplify that chiropractic care is required more now than ever before.
Why don’t we all visit a chiropractor? ‘Cons’ of chiropractic care
A common misconception about chiropractors is that because they are not medically trained doctors, they are not to be trusted. It is correct that chiropractors cannot officially diagnose medical conditions, but they certainly know your spine inside and out. They have years of training and experience and are the best judge of your spinal care. GPs themselves often recommend chiropractic care as an alternative to traditional forms of medicine.
The pain! If you have never visited a chiropractor before, it is easy to see why you may associate this kind of treatment with pain. You may have heard extreme stories from others, or seen exaggerated examples of chiropractic care on television. It is a myth that successful chiropractic treatment needs to hurt. While certain treatments can be slightly uncomfortable, chiropractic care is designed to eliminate pain from your life in general, so temporary discomfort is far preferable to a lifetime of back, neck and shoulder pain.
Chiropractic medicine focuses on musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders. Care is directed mainly at reducing back, neck and joint pain, as well as headaches. Chiropractic medicine offers numerous benefits to patients, including drug-free treatment for
chronic and acute pain that is both safe and effective. It also focuses on hands-on therapeutic procedures, rehabilitative exercises, and nutritional and lifestyle changes. Most ailments are treated with a procedure called spinal manipulation, which helps to restore joint mobility through the use of controlled forced directed at hypo-mobile joints. Effective manipulation relieves pain, decreases muscle tension, and allows the healing of damaged tissues to take place.
The benefits of chiropractic care have been experienced by many. Some benefits extend beyond musculoskeletal and different people who suffer from these illnesses experience varying results as well:
- For pregnant women, they are able to deliver much easier.
- For babies, they have improved developmental abilities and prevent the possibility of acquiring scoliosis.
- For kids, it helps prevent asthma, ear infection, bedwetting, among other things.
- For adults, they are able to generate more energy and increase productivity.
- Better balance and less injury is attained by senior citizens.
Meanwhile, overall results and benefits reported from patients who’ve undergone chiropractic care includes the following:
- Boost in the functions of the immune and nervous system.
- Patients attain improved vitality.
- Breathing becomes easier.
- Great digestive functions.
- flawless vision.
- Improved overall health.
There are some cons regarding chiropractic care, as well. In some cases, various degrees of discomfort and/or stiffness may follow a chiropractic adjustment, but this discomfort typically resolves within one to two days. While not every health insurance plan currently offers coverage for chiropractic care, most larger insurance providers do cover all or some of the expenses related to treatment by a doctor of chiropractic medicine. However, because chiropractic treatment often involves multiple office visits, costs can quickly add up for those without insurance coverage. Frequent trips to the doctor’s office may be inconvenient for many people, especially for those dealing with acute pain or another disability, and chiropractic care is not suitable for all people. People with certain medical conditions, such as acute gout, bone cancer, excessive osteoporosis or existing bone or joint fractures may not be suitable candidates for spinal manipulation.
Several different modalities are used during chiropractic care. One modality that is used as part of chiropractic therapy is electric stimulation. The primary use of this tool is for muscle relaxation and pain relief.
The treatment improves healing to the area and causes the muscles to relax, releases chemical pain relievers and temporarily confuses the nervous system so that it is not able to transmit pain signals as well. In essence you get temporary pain relief and improved healing.
Chiropractic care has been found to be quite successful for many people. While not a “cure-all”, it can definitely bring relief for many patients seeking an alternative to traditional medicine or drug therapy. We recently had the opportunity to interview Armadillo Sports Chiropractic’s Dr. Chad Peters. We’d like to share our interview with you. Find it here, enjoy!
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