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Chiropractic.. Mainstream or Complimentary

Written by Kim Skelton-Haddad

We associate the need for Chiropractic care and its chief complaint with lower back and neck pain. Generally speaking, if there is already pain, you’re a bit late; the injury probably happened early in life and with age, wear and tear, or an impromptu move  its’ rearing its’ ugly head.
Chiropractic care has become  mainstream because the symptoms that are helped, whether slowed, stopped or reversed by chiropractic care, are not limited as once believed to just the skeletal frame.  However, if you are experiencing frequent pain in your hips, numbness/tingling in your arms or legs, muscle or joint stiffness, you should consider chiropractic care.  Especially if intense soreness follows minor accidents, household chores or prolonged periods of poor posture.
Just like medical doctors, Chiropractors hold their doctorate degree in the human studies. The only difference is the tool box they use and their approach to treatment of the body’s ailments. A Medical doctor is trained that if it doesn’t work right or well, medicate it or take it out. Whereas, a Doctor of Chiropractic is schooled in the belief that the body has the ability to heal it self if given the right tools, which is proper alignment and health of the spine, nerves and muscles. With that being said, you wouldn’t go to a Doctor of Chiropractic for the flu or to get a prescription because their care is holistic therapy that focuses on maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal and nervous system. Or would you?
   Chiropractic care is continuously receiving more recognition for many reasons, one being that we live in a intellectually changing society, always searching for successful alternative practices that are more natural, where surgery and drugs aren’t the first or only treatment options used. Secondly, the use of technology has provided astonishingly successful results in treatments for severe lower back issues, such as herniated or bulging discs or failed surgeries. Successful management of many chronic conditions may require a combination of components but now having options, this holistic and non surgical approach can reduce up to 90% of the need for potentially addictive pain medications or invasive surgery. When Chiropractic care is paired with an integrated approach to health care, it results in a 51.8 percent reduction in pharmaceutical costs and 43 percent fewer hospital admissions. 
Simply put, Doctors of Chiropractic seek to care for the whole person, from general wellness to disease prevention; a holistic approach of hands on medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. From examination to diagnosis, they develop treatment plans by skillfully adjusting the vertebrae, reducing nerve pressure, relaxing the muscles, stimulating and increasing nourishment to the area and strength training. A mainstream treatment as opposed to complementary medicine, that fits the need and lifestyle, encourages behavior modifications that strengthen and maintain a strong core. Most provide nutrition and weight loss counseling, physical and massage therapy, outside (at home) exercise recommendations, ergonomic and lifestyle counseling, and they all stress and encourage preventative maintenance once the subluxation and pain issues are resolved.
Like a car requires a can of oil every 5-10,000 miles to make it run efficiently and not seize, regular adjustments to the spine are imperative to ensure the same….if the nerves; that run the function of every organ are pinched or crowded by a shifted vertebrae, besides intense pain, there is decreased functionality to the organ making them more susceptible to disease. The spine is the column that holds it all in place and is not regenerative; so if worn down by degenerative grinding it can not be replaced like a motor in a car. It is the one and only so 85 plus years of care is essential to make sure it doesn’t seize.
Other symptoms alleviated by chiropractic; allergies, asthma, headaches, bedwetting, bronchitis, coughs, dizziness, dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps, earache, fainting, hyperactivity, indigestion, infertility, migraine, pneumonia, or  issues related to pregnancy.
    
Kim Skelton-Haddad- Accomplished writer and Publisher, her articles in Petersen’s Publishing, “Outdoor Women” Magazine, MD Magazine of El Paso and Newspapers in Montgomery County and throughout West Texas, always educate and entertain. She is currently Marketing Coordinator for Lordex Spine Institute of Conroe with Dr. Dana McKirahan.

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