5 Signs You Should Visit a Chiropractor
Pain is nature’s way of telling you that everything is not alright. Although there are many different types of pain, there are a few specific kinds that may require chiropractic attention. And while a homemade solution may work in some instances, often only a chiropractor can alleviate the root cause.
Here are five telltale signs that you should put down the ice pack and go see a chiropractor.
You experience chronic headaches or migraines
Headaches can stem from many different issues. Often central to these is muscle tension in the neck. Primary headaches are frequently the result of joint irritation and muscle tension, and the ever-more-common sedentary lifestyle many of us lead does not help.
Through chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulation, a chiropractor can help alleviate the tension that builds in your head. These practices restore balance to your spine and structure. They take pressure off vital areas to your spine, and thus, reduce the pain in your head.
Of course, every headache is different. Be sure to consult your doctor before receiving chiropractic care for a headache or migraine.
Poor ergonomic habits
Repetitive tasks or sitting for a long period of time can actually do quite a number on the body. As opposed to being at rest, sitting can put undue stress on various parts of the body. Repetitive tasks often will promote poor posture or an uneven utilization of muscle groups.
The best thing you can do is to keep moving. We mention it all the time on our blog posts; that is because it is essential to leading a healthy lifestyle. However, even if you are able to “shake it off,” this lifestyle requires that you see a chiropractor. A professional will be able give your body a “tune up,” much as a mechanic would your car. There is a lot you can do for yourself, but a trained professional can diagnose and address the bigger issues.
Persistent neck pain
As we’ve already discusses, a poor lifestyle can lead to neck pain, which in turn can cause headaches. From ice packs to a firm pillow, there is a lot you can do at home. But if the neck pain persists, it is time to see a chiropractor.
Of all the ways your neck might be hurting, the condition to look out for is that it is persistent. You don’t want to take any chances when it comes to your spine and neck. Whether you have trouble turning your head, have trouble getting through the day with the pain, or your stiffness does not improve, see a chiropractor.
Lower back pain, sometimes
We’ve all experienced lower back pain to some extent or another in our lives. And while it is quite uncomfortable and even incredibly painful sometimes, usually it’s not cause for too much alarm. In most instances, it hurts for a while but then goes away on its own.
There are a few conditions that, when all three meet, may give you actual cause to investigate. Painscience.com calls these The Big Three symptoms. They are that 1) the pain has persisted for at least six weeks, 2) it is not going away, or maybe even getting worse, and 3) meets at least one of these additional conditions.
If you still fear that your specific back pain may be cause for alarm, don’t hesitate to consult your chiropractor. Just know that while painful, most back pain is not ominous.
Chronic pain in muscles or joints
Even, maybe especially, an athletic lifestyle can lead to problems with muscles and joints. Constant physical activity wears down and builds up your muscles. Thus is the nature of exercise. But occasionally, they never seem to build back up and the result is a chronic ache.
Chiropractors receive specialized training to work these areas of your body. Aside from helping to work them through various treatments back into shape, your chiropractor can give you advice on moving forward with your activity levels.
Your chiropractor is there to guide you through the pain; he or she can help you determine what is threatening and what is not. If you have any questions at all about your pain, and whether it is requisite that you receive treatment, consult Dr. Nelson at Allied Health Care.
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