What Does Chiropractic Care Treat
Exact numbers may vary slightly from year to year, but as general rule experts believe that more than 30 million people annually pay a visit to the offices of their local Michigan chiropractors, seeking a solution to back pain threatening to derail a high quality of life. So if you’re struggling with a twinge of back pain that flares up all too frequently, your chronic neck pain is forcing you to hold your head at odd angles all day long or you are simply grappling with non-specific aches and pains all over that seriously hamper your social and work life, you might want to consider visiting a Macomb County chiropractor to see if he or she might be able to successfully resolve your issues.
What exactly is a chiropractor and the chiropractic care they provide, you might ask? Your question is understandable. Not everyone is familiar with the services offered, but the answer can lead to a degree of pain relief many people only attribute in their minds to pharmaceutical intervention. There is nothing further from the truth.
A quick visit to the Web site of the American Chiropractic Association (acatoday.org) sheds some immediate light on the full definition of chiropractic. According to the detailed site: “Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.”
Practitioners of chiropractic care are doctors of chiropractic (also called chiropractors or chiropractic physicians) both extensively trained and usually licensed to practice in their states of residence. Grueling schooling is generally required, with a minimum number of years featuring college instruction and usually followed by work in an internship capacity. These dedicated students are studying, among other things: anatomy, neurology, bacteriology, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, pediatrics, geriatrics, spinal biomechanics, orthopedics, X-ray, cardiology, nutrition, acupuncture, physiotherapy, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems, and infectious diseases.
Spinal manipulation is at the heart and soul of practically every chiropractor’s treatment protocol. Spinal manipulation – also known as spinal adjustment – involves the application of pressure on a joint of the spine. The carefully controlled and monitored process aimed at the joints and taking place on a chiropractor’s padded treatment table can range from a gentle to a strong force, applied slowly or rapidly as patient needs dictate.
While spinal manipulation represents a large proportion of treatments taking place in the Greater Detroit area chiropractor’s office, it is not alone. These trained professionals possess a wide range of treatment techniques tailored to each unique situation, including the use of heating pads and cold compresses, braces, ultrasound therapy, strength and physical conditioning exercise to improve overall health, biofeedback, massage therapy, acupuncture, relaxation therapy and more. In every case patient comfort is paramount; usually treatments are painless.
What compels a patient to turn to a chiropractor’s care to relieve pain? As a general rule, back pain is the motivating factor – and that sort of recurring lower or upper back agony can range from mere discomfort and a twinge of pain in reaching for a newspaper on the ground to an absolute inability to even sleep comfortably in a bed at night. (There have even been individuals finding their sleep habits so disrupted that they are forced to sleep on the floor in order to obtain a good night of rest. Simply imagine the detrimental effect on productivity those poor sleeping habits can have on souls forced to wake up and report to work on a daily basis!)
Whiplash (frequently associated with the aftermath of automobile accidents) and other forms of non-specific pains in the neck can also lead patients to seek a solution at the hands of their neighborhood chiropractor. Similarly, frequent tension headache sufferers are turning to a chiropractor for help, as do people experiencing pain, discomfort or tingling in their extremities.
Successful Metro Detroit chiropractor care can either cure or dramatically reduce the adverse impact of these and many other conditions. It begins with a commitment by the patient to seek an improved quality of life, and a determination to follow the instructions and guidance of the chiropractor. The work might not always be the easiest and lifestyle changes might be required, but as a general rule patients under the care of a Michigan chiropractor can look forward to improving their range of motion, reducing chronic pain and generally gaining a better sense of well being.
Here’s a more comprehensive list of some of the more well-known conditions that can be successfully treated by chiropractic care:
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acid reflux ~ acne ~ ADD/ADHD ~ allergies ~ anemia ~ arthritis ~ asthma ~ autism ~ auto accidents ~
backaches ~ bed wetting ~ bell's palsy ~ bladder troubles ~ bronchitis ~ bursitis ~
car crash ~ carpal tunnel syndrome ~ certain chest pains ~ chronic fatigue ~ cold feet ~ colds ~ colitis ~ congestion ~ constipation ~ cough ~ cramps ~ CRPS/RSD ~
deafness ~ degenerative disc diarrhea ~ diabetes ~ disease ~ difficulty breathing ~ dizziness/vertigo ~
ear infections ~ earaches ~ eczema ~ epilepsy ~ eye problems ~
facial pain ~ fainting spells ~ fibromyalgia ~ flu ~
gall bladder problems ~ gas pains ~ gastritus ~
hay fever ~ head colds ~ Headaches ~ hemorrhoids ~ hernias ~ hiccoughs ~ high blood pressure ~ hives ~ hoarseness ~
impotence ~ indigestion ~ insomnia ~
kidney troubles ~ knee pains ~
laryngitis ~ leg cramps ~ liver problems ~ low blood pressure ~ lumbago ~ lupus ~
migraines ~ MS ~ muscle weakness ~
nervous breakdowns ~ nervousness ~ neuralgia ~ neuritis ~ neuropathy ~
pain in arms and hands ~ painful urination ~ parkinson's ~ Piriformis ~ pleurisy ~ pneumonia ~ poor circulation ~ pruritus (itching) ~
sacroiliac pain ~ sciatica ~ scoliosis ~ shingles ~ shortness of breath ~ sinus trouble ~ sleeplessness ~ slipped and herniated discs ~ spinal curvatures ~ sterility ~ stiff neck ~ stomach troubles ~ swollen ankles ~
tailbone pain ~ tendonitis ~ tennis elbow ~ thyroid ~ tinnitus ~ TMJ ~ tonsilitus ~
ulcers ~ upper arm pain ~
vericose veins ~
weak ankles and arches ~ whiplash ~