What do chiropractors do, really? Given the wide availability of chiropractic care in the United States, it’s amazing how many Americans can’t answer that question. The most basic answer is that chiropractors are musculoskeletal experts who may also have additional training in nutrition, exercise physiology, neurology and related fields. But chiropractors treat a wide range of health problems, with each practice having its own unique focus. Here are some reasons you might want to find a chiropractor:
- Back and Neck Pain
You probably know someone who has seen a chiropractor for neck pain or back pain treatment, and chiropractors’ reputation as back pain specialists is well earned. Spinal manipulation and massage can fix subluxations (misalignments) in the vertebrae, reduce tension and relieve nerve pressure.
Chiropractors, especially those who have additional education in neurology, can be extremely effective in treating some kinds of headaches. Problems in the spine, neck and shoulders can all cause tension headaches, in particular.
- Tingling in the Extremities
If you have tingling or numbness in your extremities, it’s a good idea to find a chiropractor right away. This is often a symptom of a problem in the spinal column that is pinching or putting pressure on nerves that branch out along the limbs.
- Chronic Pain
If you have chronic pain that your physician has been unable to diagnose or treat, then chiropractic care may be a good alternative. Many people find that that with ongoing care, they’re able to avoid invasive surgery or reduce (sometimes eliminate) their dependence on potentially harmful medications.
- Pregnancy and Labor
Chiropractic care has been shown to relieve many of the complaints that come along with pregnancy, as well as hasten labor when a baby is past his or her due date. And once your baby is born, you might want to consider taking him or her to get a spinal checkup from a pediatric chiropractor.
Why else might someone consider seeing a chiropractor? Share your thoughts in the comments.