I think I might be falling in love with my chiropractor. Not only does he work magic on my back and shoulders, but he gives me such sound advice about chiropractic care and general self care too.
Take the other day for instance. My shoulder had all but seized up again, and I was having sleepless nights. A few clicks and pulls and a little massage and I was in much better working order.
Tick, tock, tick. Trying to keep this over 50 body of mine well oiled.
Then he gave me a little lecture. All about the holistic philosophy behind chiropractic care; the need to eat a balanced diet, to have adequate rest, not to stress about things, and very importantly to keep up the weight bearing, stretching and stamina based exercises (or start them under the professional eye of experts) as we get older.
Like I said, sound advice. If you ask me.
Seeing a chiropractor works for me.
He reminded me that the pharmaceutical industry spends millions promoting prescription medications to relieve pain but do not treat the cause of that pain, and that natural chiropractic care has survived for over a century.
My chiropractor has helped locate and reduce the cause of my painful shoulder naturally without drugs.
Whereas, for weeks previously the only thing that helped reduce the pain were regular doses of ibuprofen and hot wheat packs applied to the sore area.
Now I’m not saying you should rush out and see a chiropractor but I am saying it seems to work for me. It’s also maybe more beneficial than some other alternative back massages to relieve pain … Ahem … as in the photo below 😉 Oh dear, Puleese not!
How can you explain chiropractic care?
“Simple”, says Greg Marslen from Marslen Chiropractic Centre in the newsletter, “The focus is on reducing nerve interference, usually along the spine because the moving bones of the spinal column are common culprits producing the nerve interferences. Your body is constantly dealing with the force of gravity. When one area of your spine malfunctions, an equal and opposite reaction can appear elsewhere.”
He suggested to improve my spine health I should also be doing …
Regular Yoga – for stretching and lengthening.
Shoulder weights – under the watchful eye of a sports trainer to improve the muscles around my shoulders.
Keep up the regular walking and cycling for aerobic exercise and stamina.
Eat properly – get adequate good fats (for hormonal health) and eat a balanced diet.
When to see a chiropractor
I’ve read that any of the following ailments might be helped by chiropractic care and could be a reason, on the advice of your Doctor, to seek out a qualified and recommended chiropractor.
- Joint or Muscle Pain
- You sit at the computer for long periods of time
- You get frequent back, neck or shoulder pain
How to find the best chiropractor
I’ve also read that there are risks involved with chiropractic care, so it’s important to find the best chiropractor for your needs. Find a chiropractor you trust, who has proper qualifications and a good referral rate.
- Firstly ask your Doctor to recommend the best chiropractor he/she knows.
- You should see significant improvement after a few visits, so a chiropractor who tells you otherwise may be dodgy.
- The best chiropractors will explain that chiropractic neck manipulation can cause serious injuries, including stroke. Make sure they inform you about this and other procedures, make sure you accept the risks, and make sure they ask you to give informed, written consent prior to any manipulation.
- In addition to your Doctor’s advice ask around … have your friends had positive results with a particular chiropractor?
Are Chiropractors Doctors?
Chiropractors should have studied for 4 or 5 years at university and are considered allied health professionals. but they are not doctors. They shouldn’t claim to treat disease or infections, for instance.
The origins of chiropractic
“Chiropractic has its origins in a quasi-religious system of healing invented by American bonesetter and magnetic healer Daniel Palmer, in the late 19th century.
At its core was the belief that the body possessed an innate intelligence, defined as an energy or vital force that enabled the body to heal itself, but whose functioning could be impeded by subluxations (displacements). The chiropractor’s remit was to detect and correct these subluxations.
As any doctor will tell you, an orthopaedic subluxation is a real thing – it’s a painful partial dislocation or misalignment of a vertebra that can be seen on an X-Ray image. They rarely affect nerves though, and don’t cause disease. But a chiropractic subluxation refers to a functional entity, and can’t necessarily be detected via X-Ray or modern medical imaging.” Your Guide to Chiropractic Treatmentby Karina Bray.
Benefits of chiropractic care
I’ve read that chiropractic care can relieve stress, improve posture, improve your mood and improve your sleep.
Now I’m a woman over 50, quite frankly, all of those things have become issues for me.
I can only speak for myself, and I’m not a health professional, but as I spend a lot of time sitting down at the computer regular visits to see my chiropractor seem to help keep me free of neck and shoulder pain.
I also follow my chiropractor’s advice when it comes to exercises I should do at home, which ensure I give the manipulations he performs the best chance of working over time.
If I’m ever in doubt though, I refer to my Doctor, as you should too.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I am not a medical professional nor am I providing medical guidance. This post should not be taken as specific health advice. It’s a post that relates only to my own health and what I’ve found out about chiropractic care for myself. I advise you to speak to your own Doctor or health professional before seeking chiropractic care yourself.
Do you already have chiropractic care?
Does it help you?
Do you believe in the benefits of chiropractice?