What is Chiropractic?
The word chiropractic means to do by hand. Chiropractic is one of the fastest growing branches of medicine and the largest healthcare alternative in the world. Chiropractic focuses on natural health care through the use of spinal adjustments. The adjustments are used to correct spinal biomechanical dysfunction and to restore proper function to the nervous system. Adjustments help the body heal naturally.
Conservative Care First: Spinal Manipulation vs. Prescription Drugs
Spinal manipulations are widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies to treat low back pain, neck pain, sciatic pain, headaches, among many other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Many patients feel immediate relief after a chiropractic adjustments, but sometimes a patient may feel soreness or aching. This soreness is what you may experience after a new workout at a gym. Research showed that when spinal manipulations were compared to prescription drugs at 4 weeks after back pain flare us, the spinal manipulations reduced the pain more than the drugs.
Conservative Care is Cost Effective
Not only does research show that chiropractic works to reduce low back pain, but the treatment is also cost effective. Chiropractic requires 6-12 visits to reduce pain and then visits are tapered off as the body responds to treatment and starts to repattern the movements into a more functional pattern.
There is less change of having back surgery when you go to see a chiropractor vs M.D. for back pain; plus research also shows less low back flare ups in patients that consistently see a chiropractor.