October is many things. You are probably aware of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as well as, perhaps ironically, the month-long observance of horror films and macabre. Something you may not know about October is that it is also National Chiropractic Health Month. And that is a problem.
The lack of attention to the observance isn’t the problem. This designation has been assigned for the exact purpose that there is not enough attention on chiropractic health itself. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is promoting a “Back to Basics” campaign this year to promote basic back health tips and practices. They are also taking this opportunity to inform the public about the value of a conservative approach to back pain treatment.
Purists and religious proponents will insist around Christmastime that everyone reflect on “the reason for the season.” ACA has similar intentions. They haven’t named October as National Chiropractic Health Month for festivities’ sake. Chiropractic treatment is an important topic to cover because back pain is one of the most prevalent and debilitating conditions worldwide.
When a person experiences back pain, they go see their doctor about it. In fact, this is the number one reason why people go see a doctor. The doctor will likely prescribe opioids…the abuse of which accounted for over 20,000 U.S. deaths in 2015. What those who suffer from back pain deserve is a more conservative, effective, and stable solution to their problems.
Through a variety of procedures — including chiropractic adjustment, deep tissue laser therapy, and trigger point therapy — chiropractic treatment is a non-invasive route to salving bodily aches and pains, especially in the back.
A chiropractor’s focus on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems allow for specific and pinpointed solutions to problems that affect general health and well-being. This practice focuses on natural healing processes kickstarted by non-invasive (meaning without the use of medication and surgery) practices. When your chiropractor performs an adjustment, he or she is correcting the body so as to allow for the proper avenues of bodily function to flow freely.
This month, ACA also means to focus on tips on how to prevent back pain. As the most conservative approach to back pain treatment, it will also ultimately be the best route for you, the patient. After all, if you can avoid receiving treatment at all, wouldn’t that make your life a whole lot easier?
Here are some of the best and most straightforward preventative practices, courtesy of EverydayHealth:
To raise awareness of National Chiropractic Health Month, there is much you can do. Even if you haven’t experienced back pain issues.
For more back health tips, listen to this 12-minute podcast from the American Chiropractic Association.