When a person comes to my office to be seen, they are normally motivated by pain. Pain is not necessarily a bad thing. Pain informs you that something is wrong and needs attention. If you are experiencing pain you can choose to ignore it and hope it will go away, take medications and hope it will go away or do something about it. Pain is a symptom, you can choose to treat the symptom and wait it out or you can determine the cause and correct it. There are times when the body can use a little chemical help with the use of medications and/or herbs. Most people are aware prescription medications have associated side effects with them, just listen to the disclaimer during drug commercials on TV.
The role of chiropractic in this scenario is to help correct structural misalignments in the spine and surrounding skeletal extremities to allow the proper function of the body. While there are limitations to what a chiropractor can do, if the structural parts of the body are intact, it is highly likely a chiropractor can help. Chiropractors are primary care physicians and can refer you to the proper specialist if needed.
People frequently state, “I didn’t know you worked on ______” (fill in the blank with anything) The human body is a system of inter-related parts that affect the adjoining parts. For instance, structural problems with the feet affect the gait, which in turn affects the knees, hips and pelvis. Structural problems in any part of the body can affect the movement and performance of athletes which explains why most top level athletes have a chiropractor as part of their training staff.
Chiropractors work to improve your health and well being while improving the overall functionality of your entire body. There are over 200 techniques that can be used accomplish this task. If you are not responding to the technique being used, it may be time to shake things up and try something different.
Ken Whidden, DC
Emerald Coast Chiropractic