The goal of chiropractic care is less to cure or heal a certain condition and more to place the body in a position in which it will be better able to heal itself. Chiropractors seek to accomplish this by improving the alignment of joints of the body, particularly the spine.
Most chiropractors are responsible professionals who know their limitations. Unfortunately, some may make exaggerated claims of what chiropractic adjustment can do. If a chiropractor makes you a promise that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. However, it may be helpful to have an idea of what conditions a chiropractic course can help and which a chiropractor ought to refer to someone else.
Conditions a Chiropractor Cannot Treat
Some conditions cannot be treated with chiropractic. Though chiropractors sometimes claim to treat conditions that are not neurological or musculoskeletal in nature, such as asthma, high blood pressure, and infections, the evidence is not there to support these claims. Furthermore, chiropractors should not attempt to treat bone fractures, bone tumors, or osteoporosis. Adjustment may actually make these conditions worse.
Conditions a Chiropractor Can Treat
Scientific research indicates that chiropractic care is most effective at treating a fairly wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.
- Low Back Pain
Low back pain has been the focus of much of the research on chiropractic adjustment, and some of the reports indicate that people with low back pain may get better relief from a chiropractor than from a medical doctor. There are a number of possible reasons that low back pain may affect you. One particular form of low back pain occurs at the sacroiliac joint, which is the point where your spine connects with your hip bone. Chiropractic adjustment may provide some relief for sacroiliac pain.
- Neck Pain
Chiropractic adjustment may be effective at treating neck pain that is chronic, meaning that it continues over a long period of time. It can also treat acute neck pain, which is that which occurs suddenly, such as in a case of whiplash.
- Pain in Other Joints
It is not only the joints of the spine that can be mobilized with chiropractic treatment, and it is not only back pain that can benefit from adjustment. Chiropractic care can also be applied to treat conditions affecting other joints of the body. Examples include knee osteoarthritis and frozen shoulder syndrome.
Chiropractic adjustment has shown to be effective on two common types of headaches: migraines and tension headaches.
If you have questions about whether chiropractic would be helpful for your particular situation, you should ask your doctor or a qualified chiropractor, like at the office of Lotus Wellness Center. We would be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have when you contact our office.