When most people think of chiropractors, they focus on the doctor's ability to rearrange and shift bones and vertebrae back to their standard position. While this is one of a chiropractor's specialties, it's hardly where their treatment capabilities end. Here are three other ways a chiropractor could help you that might surprise you.
For many people, poor posture is a way of life. You may have slouched for months or even years before you noticed there was a problem, and then, you may find you have difficulty correcting it. Standing up in a normal, straight posture may feel wrong, or even painful.
This usually happens, because as you've had crooked posture, it's forced your body out of alignment. Your vertebrae may have shifted, and your muscles may have been stretched so that they have difficulty supporting proper posture.
Your chiropractor can help you with this by treating your underlying problem. Once you've been rehabilitated, you can focus on maintaining good posture and will experience far less discomfort doing so.
Another common issue people have is muscle pain, and yes, a chiropractor can help you with that.
Chiropractors treat the entire body in order to bring alignment back. This doesn't just mean pushing your bones around and leaving it at that. If your muscles are painful, chances are they're too tight. Over time, this can pull your spine out of alignment and cause discomfort, pain, and the aforementioned poor posture.
Your chiropractor will treat your muscle pain with deep tissue care, stretches, and by gently breaking up any scar tissue that's developed. This will help your muscles to relax and your body to return to a normal alignment.
Finally, nerve pain is also something that chiropractors can often help with.
For people who aren't suffering from chronic nerve conditions, nerve pain is typically caused by a pinch somewhere in the body. When a pinched nerve occurs, pain can travel up and down that nerve wherever it lies.
Your chiropractor will determine where the pinch is with a physical examination. Once they've located it, they'll work to undo the pinch. This typically requires loosening up muscles, and if it's pinched in your vertebrae, standard chiropractic adjustments to the vertebrae can loosen tension and undo the pinch, providing relief.
Chiropractors don't just focus on the spine, so don't assume that there's no use in seeing one if you're experiencing bodily pain. Talk to a chiropractor about your concerns and find out what they can do for you.