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Effectiveness of Chiropractic

Effectiveness of Chiropractic

Reviewed by Dr. Jeff Williams – Amarillo Chiropractor / Chiropractor Amarillo

Chiropractic is a therapy system focused on body structure, especially on the spine. Chiropractors work by improving movement and function for the relief of pains, improvement of body function, and speedy recovery.

While the main focus of chiropractic is manipulation of the spine, chiropractic care will incorporate other treatments: which include manipulative or manual therapies, exercise, and postural education, as well as ergonomic training.

Amarillo chiropractors work in conjunction with pain experts, primary care doctors, and surgeons in an integrative approach to patients.

The most forth-coming research on chiropractic therapy has its focus on the manipulation of the spine to ease back pain. Chiropractic is not simply spinal manipulation either. It is just one of the alternatives to conventional pain relief. The American College of Physicians in its guideline on low back pain recommends that spinal manipulation be done with acupuncture, exercise/rehab, Thai Chi, and heat massage.

 

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How effective is chiropractic?

There is overwhelming evidence that the techniques used in chiropractic such as spinal manipulative, acupuncture, massage, and exercise/rehab are very useful for patients that suffer from low back pain. It is, however, essential to note that chiropractic has no underlying evidence on its ability to improve some other health issues like asthma and colic.

But when it comes to the treatment of non-complicated neuromusculoskeletal complaints, such as low back pain, neck pain, headaches, radicular pain, sciatica, chiropractic has proven to be quite effective. Not to mention significantly safer than most medical alternatives such as surgery, epidural steroid injections, and opioids.

How effective is chiropractic compared to other treatments?

Chiropractic has been proven to be more cost-effective than most other conventional treatments used in the management of pains, such as surgery and over-the-counter pain relievers. Although studies have shown that when chiropractic is combined with other treatments, the patient gets better pain relief.

Is chiropractic effective in children?

It is common to see parents seeking chiropractic care for their kids for musculoskeletal issues. Chiropractors can also work with children as they are involved in physical activities daily, especially in the area of sports and other activities on the playground.

Apart from offering treatments to children, the best chiropractor Amarillo can also:

  • Advise on diets and physical exercise
  • Offer counseling
  • Offer manual therapies

When do you need a Chiropractor?

Back problems and painful joints can be caused by accidents, work, sports injuries, stress, and even household chores. You might want to consider chiropractic care when you begin to experience muscle pain and aching joints affecting your ability to carry out your daily activities in Amarillo. Chiropractors can also utilize this treatment to maintain healthy joints and spine function, even if there are no painful symptoms.

People most often visit an Amarillo Chiropractor to help them with the following:

  • Back pain
  • Chronic pain of any kind
  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Overuse injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Neck stiffness

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Chiropractic examination

When you visit a chiropractor for a chiropractic examination, he is likely to engage you in discussions about your current health issues, along with your medical history.

He will also:

  • Conduct an orthopedic and neurologic examination
  • Check on your vital signs such as pulse, body temperature, respiration rate, and blood pressure.
  • visually examine you for spinal curves with other health indicators visible
  • Palpate the muscles with the hand
  • Carry out orthopedic examinations: Orthopedic examinations are carried out to detect health conditions related to the spine, joints, bones, soft tissues, and muscles. And also, the orthopedic examination may include moving the body joint and taking measurements of the range of movement.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Chiropractic and spinal manipulative therapy are safe, and it is an effective way to treat acute and chronic low back pain.

Research has also proven chiropractic to be effective in the treatment of headaches and neck pain.

Final Thoughts

Research has proven the chiropractic is effective and, before the creation of medicine and the medical profession, has been used for thousands of years. Chiropractic is effective in the treatment of low back pains, neck pains, and headaches.

You can explore more in regard to evidence-based practice and research at Dr. Williams’ Podcast website at http://www.chiropracticforward.com

 

If we can help you, please call us at 806-355-3000

 

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Jeff Williams, DC

Amarillo Chiropractor – Chiropractor Amarillo

3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T

Amarillo, TX 79109

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