When to See a Chiropractor

I’ve shared with you many stretches to ease back pain., but what should you do if the pain persists despite stretching regularly? One viable solution is to see a chiropractor.

A good chiropractor can do more than fix back pain. They can help with problems that stretches and ice bags can’t, but make sure you choose a qualified chiropractor. Some can worsen your pain or even cause issues that didn’t exist before.

When to See a Chiropractor

Wondering when to see a chiropractor? Below are seven situations where seeing a chiropractor may help.

1. After a Car or Motorcycle Accident

It’s important to see a chiropractor after being involved in a car or motorcycle collision, even if you don’t feel pain. In some cases, it takes a while for the pain to register, so don’t assume you’re fine. You need to deal with possibly injuries immediately. Otherwise, they may worsen with time.

2. If You Have Persistent Headaches

Did you know that there’s a link between headaches and your posture? Poor posture that alters spinal alignment may cause tension headaches.

If you have persistent headaches and posture problems such as a hunched back or a neck that sticks forward, a chiropractor may help.

In the meantime, drink plenty of water and use these stretches to fix poor posture.

When to See a Chiropractor

3. For Chronic Back Pain

Back pain is the main reason most people visit chiropractors. However, don’t wait until the pain is debilitating before seeking treatment. If the pain makes you feel uncomfortable while you sit, stand, or sleep, then it’s time to get checked.

A chiropractor will help you identify the root cause of the pain. As you may know, back pain can be triggered by tight hamstrings, tight hip flexors, long hours of sitting, and so on.

4. To Ease Pregnancy Aches and Pains

Pregnant women may suffer pains and aches due to improper spinal alignment. Using medication to ease the pain isn’t always the best option, since the use of meds is limited during pregnancy. Therefore, the best option is to see a chiropractor.

5. Help with Limited Range of Motion

A limited range of motion often means you have stiff muscles and joints. You can improve your range of motion by loosening the muscles involved. For instance, if you’re trying to do deep squats, you can increase that range of motion by stretching your hamstrings, butt and calf muscles.

In some cases, however, the situation may be more complicated, and you may need the help of a chiropractor to realign your bones and joints.

6. If You’ve had a Desk Job for Many Years

If you’ve had a desk job for many years, it has probably affected your neck and spine, especially if you’re not doing exercises like yoga to counteract all of that sitting. You may need to see a chiropractor to realign your spine and neck.

7. For Chronic Joint Pain

A chiropractor can help fix pain that doesn’t involve the spine, but they can treat knee, elbow, wrist, ankle, hip or shoulder pain.

Taking pills only masks the symptoms while a chiropractor can fix the root cause of the pain. This study found that patients who were treated for joint pain by a chiropractor were less likely to fill a prescription for an opioid.

How often do you visit a chiropractor? How did you know when it was time to see one?

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Kevin B
Kevin B5 months ago

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Caitlin L
Past Member 6 months ago

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Lesa D
Past Member 6 months ago

thank you Brian...

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Teresa W
Teresa W6 months ago

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Janis K
Janis K6 months ago

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Ruth S
Ruth S6 months ago

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Ruth S
Ruth S6 months ago

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Leo C
Leo Custer6 months ago

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Donna T
Donna T6 months ago

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Melanie St. Germaine

I prefer a massage therapist!

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