If you suffer from chronic back pain, life can become an endless torture. Many complain that they feel their spine is somehow tied in knots, with the inevitable muscle spasms and tension only making the ordeal feel worse.
If this describes you - then a Certified Chiropractor could finally bring you some pain relief!
Nowadays, we're fortunate enough to live in a society that has discovered powerful anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation and dull the sensation of pain. However, since all drugs have potential negative side effects, it makes sense to first explore all the established alternative treatments for back pain.
The Chiropractic profession is rapidly gaining recognition, with insurance companies increasingly paying for several chiropractie visits per year. In the long run they realise it improves overall health and reduces much more expensive claims, such as spinal surgery. Therefore it's worth checking with you insurance company first to see if you're covered.
In most western countries you should be able to find one nearby. We have some excellent local chiropractors near Perpignan such as Chiropratique Roussillon. It's worth speaking to friends and asking for their recommendations.
It's also worth noting that Chiropractors treat people of all ages and backgrounds. That includes children, babies (very gently), pregnant women and those with persistent sports injuries:
Usually there is no sensation of pain experienced during a chiropractic adjustment. Some hear a scary sounding noise, which is actually just pockets of trapped air moving rapidly from one part of the joint to another - similar to a person cracking their knuckles or clicking their neck.
Most people describe an immediate feeling of release from pain. After the adjustment though, most likely you will experience a bit of soreness. Your body is literally being re-aligned and so has to adapt to a new posture. This will usually resolve in a day or two as part of the body's natural inflammation process.
After a series of adjustments many notice it is more comfortable to sit and stand with a good posture. You'll find many surprising changes in your body start to happen naturally!
It's worth getting checked out by a chiropractor at least once if you suffer from any health condition. Improved body posture can relieve the pressure on organs, liberate nerves and at the very least reduce nervous tension in your body. Here's a list of conditions that Chiropractors are well known for treating:
Your head weighs about 8-10 pounds. That's about the same as a bowling ball...
Those with good posture the human body is naturally able to pass that weight down smoothly, through the spine and down to ones feet. Unfortunately most people these days have terrible posture. Increasing hours spent peering at computer screens or slumped over a mobile phone are wreaking havoc. Lack of physical activity only exacerbates the issue.
Eventually people develop a posture called "forward head" where the entire body arches forward. This puts an enormous strain on the spine and all other parts of the body. Everything in the body is connected to your spine in one way or another.
Anyone who has experienced a trapped nerve understands that the spine is a very complex organ, supplying nerves to every part of the body. Bad posture can lead to nerves becoming compressed.
Even if this doesn't lead directly to pain it can reduce the essential nerve supply to organs throughout the body. It might be that seemingly unrelated health conditions are caused by spinal mis-alignment. Even the smallest back posture problem could eventually result in enormous long-term consequences for the body.
Medical understanding of the nervous system is still developing, but some who have had adjustments report improvements to seemingly unrelated health conditions:
Pregnancy puts a lot of strain on the body, The more heavily pregnant you become, the further you need to lean backwards to maintain your balance. This is because your center of gravity has shifted to prevent you from falling forward.
It's common for women to experience back pain during pregnancy. But there's no reason to just accept it and you might be doing longer term damage. Therefore it's a great idea to visit a chiropractor during and after pregnancy to help you preserve a healthy spine - as a new mother you'll be using it a lot!
It's surprisingly common for babies to suffer minor spinal and neck injuries during natural childbirth. The use of forcepts can cause neck problems because babies are so fragile.
Some babies find it very difficult to settle into natural sleep and it's important for them to sleep well for their development. If you're concerned you should first consult a doctor.
However, surgeons are highly reluctant to operate on babies and a chiropractor might be able to provide gentle adjustments to improve their sleep posture and promote healing.