• Molly Doucette

Why a visit to a Chiropractor is much more than getting your back cracked

Read on to learn how this health practitioner can improve your overall health.


All too often, many people visit the doctor’s office because of pain related to the neck and lower back. While pain-relievers and medication provide temporary relief, there’s another solution that may actually target the root of the problem – a visit to the chiropractor.


What Does a Chiropractor Do?

Chiropractors specialize in bodily pain and soreness that correlate to the spine, joints, nervous system, and muscles. Ultimately, they use controlled physical force with their hands or small instruments to realign trouble areas in your body. Additionally, they demonstrate exercises and stretches to restore motion for patients. No surgeries or prescription medication involved.


If you’ve suffered from a recent accident or fall and experience pain in regions on your body, some doctors will refer to a chiropractor depending on your diagnosis. But muscle tension and pain can occur even if you haven’t been through a traumatic incident. Bad posture, which many of us are guilty of, will almost surely lead to misalignment and chronic pain.


How does a visit to a Chiropractor improve health?

Chiropractors use their expertise and physical treatment to improve your overall health by:

  • Treating headaches, migraines, and neck pain.

  • Provide back pain relief and various forms of musculoskeletal pain.

  • Joint issues in arm, shoulders, legs, and hip regions.

Keep in mind, chiropractors can only help alleviate pain when the root of the cause relates to a misaligned spine or joints. Many research studies have been performed to prove the efficacy of chiropractic treatment, whether on its own or coupled with medication. One study even states it’s the most effective for chronic lower back pain.


The relief you’ll feel is almost instant after a chiropractic appointment. As a side note – don’t be scared when you hear a crack or pop as your chiropractor performs their treatment. It means your joints are getting realigned!


Preventative care and maintenance between visits

A chiropractor’s work isn’t done once they’ve cracked your back. In all appointments, they advise patients on how to prevent pain in their back, joints, and muscles. Sometimes they go through ergonomic training with patients to correct their posture. Other times they suggest specific stretches for patients to avoid chronic pain in their trouble regions.


How to Find a Chiropractor in Your Area

If you’re visiting a doctor, you can always ask for a list of chiropractors that are in your area. Alternatively, a simple Google search will give you access to this information as well. Now you might be tempted to accept getting your back cracked from a friend or family member. Be mindful of this – they’re not trained in the field and this can lead to greater injuries. Always receive treatment from a licensed chiropractor who has the knowledge and experience.


If you’ve relied on pain-relievers for a long time then the idea of hearing the cracks and pops coming from your body may seem unsettling. But trust us, it’s worth it. Visiting a chiropractor will not only provide immediate pain relief, but these professionals also provide expert advice to help you prevent pain and injury in the future.


Interested in visiting a chiropractor? A Saskatchewan Blue Cross Personal Health Plan include $400 worth of coverage for this health practitioner and many others. Visit https://www.sk.bluecross.ca/find-a-plan/personal-insurance for more information!

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