When we’re in pain, we want immediate relief. Sometimes we try pain killers, and sometimes we ask a friend to help by working on muscles we can’t reach. But could it be harmful to let someone who isn’t a professional crack your back? And should you find a chiropractor instead?
Why You Shouldn’t Just Let Anyone Crack Your Back
While you may feel some momentary relief, the problem itself may still be there under the surface, and your friend walking on your back could even create more tension or cause new problems to arise. As the American Chiropractic Association explains, “The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles.” A quick fix could be temporary at best and potentially cause longterm harm. Without the knowledge of a professional trained to handle the complex issues that your spine could be experiencing, you can’t be sure that your temporary release won’t cause more pain later on.
What Makes a Chiropractor Different?
A chiropractor doesn’t just crack your back. A chiropractic professional will make specific, targeted adjustments to your spine and joints. The effects of the gentle manipulations by a chiropractor who knows how the different joints, muscles, ligaments, and bones in your body interact are very different from having someone walk on your back.
A chiropractor is also focused on more than just momentary relief; chiropractors train to learn how to bring the musculoskeletal system back into alignment. The treatment provided by a chiropractor goes beyond the pain of the moment to address the underlying issue. As Spine Health explains, a chiropractor may utilize many different techniques. Chiropractic adjustments move the body back into alignment, while mobilization techniques help improve range of motion. A chirpractor may also make use of physiological therapeutic measures such as heat and cold, exercise, massage, dietary management, ultrasound, diathermy, hydrotherapy, electrical muscle stimulation, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS),traction, infrared radiation, cold laser therapy, ergonomics, pelvic stabilization, and patient education. This combination of available treatment methods allows chiropractors to provide a holistic treatment plan to address both immediate and chronic pain.
And not just anyone can be a chiropractor. To do this kind of work, a potential doctor of chiropractic has to study through an accredited program. According to the Council on Chiropractic Education, it accredits 15 programs across 18 locations in the United States. The Council on Chiropractic Education, recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG), maintains standards for the training of chiropractors in the United States and enforces those standards.
If you are experiencing significant and/or longterm pain in your back, don’t just turn to a friend in hopes that they can get rid of some of your discomfort momentarily. It’s time to find a chiropractor.
Find a chiropractor
The health of your spine is important to you overall well being and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Finding a good chiropractor can make the difference between mysterious, longterm discomfort and a healthy back. If you’re in or near Charlotte, North Carolina, consider Proactive Chiropractic. We offer a wide range of treatments for your back and the rest of your body’s muscles and joints. We can provide spinal decompression therapy, chiropractic manipulation and traction, orthotics, electro-muscle stimulation, active release techniques, gua sha, nutritional advice, and more.
Our experienced chiropractor, Dr. Alec Khlebopros, practices a wealth of services, treatment options, and procedures that help to restore patients to their healthy selves.
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