Does Chiropractic Work?

Yes! Chiropractic care is a powerful method of care that brings healing to the body through care of the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and bones. What are the basic methods used for treating pain conditions? How do chiropractors work to free the body of painful conditions? How does chiropractic really work? Let’s answer these and a few other common questions about how Wasilla chiropractic care works!

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Should We Consider Pain a Friend?

Pain can actually be a bit of a friend to us. We certainly may not feel this way as we experience it, but it does help to alert us that something needs attention in the body. Whether your pain is currently only a ‘slight discomfort’ or has become an intense constant distraction from life, steps can be taken to alleviate it.

Chiropractic treatments begin by finding out what the pain signals mean – what the body is trying to say to the sufferer. Locating the underlying source of such alerts can be quite beneficial for genuine healing. Pain sufferers will want to better understand all that the nerves are trying to communicate.

Chiropractors can be viewed as ‘interpreters’ for the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems in the body. Treatments work to locate, decipher, and minimize the need for the signals the body is choosing to send. As these signals are deciphered, care can be maximized and healing commences.

When Pain Does Not Feel Like a Friend

At times, the body can become so accustomed to sending pain signals that it may forget that the initial reason for sending alert signals has passed. This can happen over time with chronic pain. If an injury has begun to heal, but the pain is still present, the body may benefit from a bit of redirection and need help recognizing that the source of the pain is no longer present. Chiropractic works to help the body to realize that the injury itself has gone.

Chiropractic also works to minimize the impact of an injury throughout the healing process. Careful treatments during the process of recovering from an injury can dramatically decrease the risk of pain lasting longer than it should. Chiropractic care includes techniques designed to bring healing to the body, as well as help the body to recognize this as it is taking place. Efficient care means helping the body to keep up with its own communication system (the central nervous system) as it continues to heal itself.

Why Do Some Clients Seek Chiropractic Care When Pain Is Not Present?

Healthy posture is important for the body to have an increased chance of avoiding injury in nearly all activities of life. As humans, we subject our joints to ‘normal wear and tear’ simply by living. Add in all of the fun and interesting activities that we choose to make life personal and unique to us, and we easily increase the need for regular spinal care.

Does this mean that we should stop or minimize activity? Surely not! Couch sitting may be a sport that some enjoy, but it does nothing to increase the health of the spine or any other part of the body. Rather, we can take steps to ensure that we approach the tasks that we love with a body that is intact and ready to take on all of the activity and fun that we can provide.

Working like a plumb line, chiropractic works to improve spinal alignment over time. The plumb line of chiropractic care works to bring the body into alignment, increasing the body’s ability to withstand the daily activities that we call life. Chiropractic treatments work to help improve the spinal alignment of clients and give the body what it needs to recognize how to keep itself healthy.

Receiving chiropractic care when pain is not directly present is much like keeping the plumb line close when the wall ‘looks’ correctly placed. A good contractor will still bring the line to the wall to avoid even the slightest of discrepancies. A slight alteration may seem minimal until a few begin to meet together to create a wall that is severely askew, causing the contractor to schedule repairs.

Regular treatments may certainly be less frequent if pain is not present, but still work as reminders to the body on how to stay pain-free. It is the small regular reminders that serve to provide great benefit to individuals choosing to use their spine on a regular basis. Caring for the body when pain is minimal or not current is an extremely effective method for avoiding pain before it begins.

Our bodies are degenerative in nature. This means that over time they will be subject to deterioration just because we are alive to live in them. The rate at which this process happens depends very much on how we care for the parts that make up the whole unit.

Chiropractic helps us to give a kind hand to the individual mechanisms of the body, helping to slow the process of degeneration. The earlier that care is provided, the more fortitude the body is given toward general health during the natural process of degeneration – whether or not pain is present initially.

How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Work?

Yes! Here’s how. Chiropractic adjustments help the body to remember its natural positioning in relation to its own inner components. Just as intricate machines manufactured by man require regular maintenance, so do our complex bodies also need regular care. Chiropractic adjustments work to regulate health in the body, prevent injury, and direct healing when an injury occurs.

Through time, daily activities, and normal usage our bodies become slightly altered from their original positioning. Over time nerves may begin to alert us that changes have occurred in parts of us that we cannot see with our eyes. The nerves act as a secret messaging system letting a person know that something inside needs care.

Listening to the small alerts and getting care for them early can help us to minimize or even avoid the loud, screaming signals that may also be sent by the central nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments bring wellness back into the body through direct care to the musculoskeletal portions of the body.

Subluxations are when joint surfaces begin to lose contact with one another in the body. This can happen as the result of an acute injury or be due to slight alterations to the joint over time. Individuals are often not even aware that anything has changed in the body. If not corrected, further damage to the joint may occur. If the condition is very mild, pain may be mild and even go away fairly quickly.

Subluxations may also be recognized as ‘partial dislocations’ of an affected joint. The structures of a joint may become stretched too far, still retaining the bones together but causing a weakness resulting in discomfort. This weakness also means that the joint may be less likely to avoid further injury.

The body becomes susceptible to other conditions because the ‘strength structures’ are not in place to help guard against injury. One or more joints may need consideration for care, often depending on the severity of an injury or joint degeneration. Multiple joints in an altered state further weaken the body’s ability to avoid injury.

Chiropractic adjustment techniques bring gentle force to a joint guiding it back to its natural status in the body. Like a reminder mechanism, adjustments give bones and their connective matters help in recalling their natural placement for increased joint strength. The health of each joint is managed through these gentle reminders that strength is possible and beneficial for the body.

Chiropractic adjustment provides the body with instructions for healing itself naturally. Healing is made more efficient and effective by working to repair small infractions and helping to avoid any greater loss of strength. Gentle reminders help the body appreciate its own innate sense of wellness.

Treatments work to relieve pressure in the body. The trade is an increased level of communication for the nerves that register pain. As joint mechanisms are strengthened, the central nervous system has greater ability to function, lessening the need to send the alerting signals we call pain.

Restoration: It Is a Process

Once enough restoration has taken place in a joint, nutrients and water will also be able to find better placement in the body’s tiny inner spaces, further increasing joint health.  As systems in the body are permitted better communication, pain continues to decrease and is often eliminated. Toxins are also more efficiently released and flushed out of the body through this process.

Restoration of the greater portions of the body is attained by focusing on intricate communication pathways the body requires for regular use. As the small, tiny mechanisms are given care, their cooperation is increased providing greater wellness in the body as a complete, functioning unit. Restoration becomes cyclical, leading to greater levels of continued health.

Care for Multiple Conditions

Why do chiropractors help with so many different types of conditions? Chiropractic care is an extremely effective method for treating acute, chronic, and degenerative matters in the body. Therefore, patients benefit from chiropractic care treatments for hundreds of pain conditions. A few of the more common conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Disc problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Neck pain,
  • Pinched nerves
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains, Strains
  • Stenosis
  • Subluxations
  • Tendonitis
  • Upper and lower back pain
  • Whiplash

Chiropractic care helps with so many pain conditions because it does not focus just on treating just the pain itself. It works to treat the cause that pain is being experienced by the sufferer. Genuine healing and wellness become the focus.

At its core chiropractic is designed to work with the body to bring natural healing. As we have seen, pain is often a way for the body to tell a person that something needs attention. Chiropractic works to alleviate the body’s need to send communication because it works to eliminate the underlying condition.

How Long Does It Take for Care to Become Effective?

The exact amount of time that it will take to heal varies widely based on the severity of a patient’s particular condition, the age of the patient, quality of care, as well as the patient’s own involvement in the process. It is not at all uncommon for clients to report a dramatic decrease in pain with the first care session. Care plans are designed to be pliable and work with pain sufferers as the healing process continues.

Depending on the exact type of injury or ailment, the recovery process may take a few weeks for mild conditions. If multiple conditions are present, additional recovery time may be needed. Severe cases may require several months for a full recovery. Communication with your chiropractic provider during the recovery process can be a key aid to healing efficiently.

But Is Chiropractic Effective Long-Term?

Are chiropractors effective for long-term health? Yes! Long-term health and wellness are the epitome of the goal of chiropractic! Treatments are intentionally orchestrated with this need in mind. The nature of training the body to bring healing and retain wellness is a key foundational component of chiropractic care.

Configurations in the body gain massive benefits from intentional attention to the tiny bits that make up the whole. Chiropractic works to bring these small bits together for better function and life-long wellness. Treatments for patients of all ages focus on unifying the body to itself for a general sense of wellness throughout the body.

The human body is a degenerative structure that is designed with intricate constructions. Chiropractic care works to slow down that degeneration. It helps promote a general sense of wellness that the body wants to keep as ‘normal’ with small, gentle reminders of health. Long-term healing is obtained through care treatments that focus on joint health, injury recovery, and specific client needs.

How Does A Chiropractor’s Knowledge Help Patients?

Chiropractors are equipped with medical knowledge that specializes in holistic care for the body that begins with aligning the musculoskeletal system. Treatments include repairing neuromuscular damage and the restoration of joints in the body. Care may also include training clients to better understand their own physical injury or ailment.

Knowledge of the body’s inner mechanisms creates a path to direct healing – without a scalpel. Medications are seldom utilized. The body is meant to work as a unit. Chiropractic honors the body as a unit and works to increase function and wellness in the body. It is knowledge of the body that serves as the greatest source of healing in clients with chiropractic care.

Physicians earning a Doctorate of Chiropractic work to gain knowledge regarding the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, central nervous system, and related bodily mechanisms. This knowledge is directed to provide direct care of the body through specific techniques that work to bring wellness in the body as a unit. Chiropractic patients in Alaskan share their stories.

Taking a Comprehensive Approach for Increased Health

Chiropractic care plans can be designed to accommodate a client’s particular health needs, schedule, budget, and personal preferences. Treatment plans are meant to work with the patient to maximize each chiropractic visit. A multidisciplinary approach may be offered for increased results. Therapies provided may include:

  • Chiropractic care and adjustment
  • Physical rehabilitation therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Disc decompression therapy
  • Traction, ultrasound, stimulation, exercise instruction, and strength training

Exact care techniques used during treatment will vary based on a patient’s specific needs. If a particular treatment does not seem to be as effective as expected, be sure to speak with your chiropractor. One benefit – and goal – of chiropractic is to tailor the time spent specifically to each patient’s physical makeup and care needs. Take advantage of this and be sure to inquire when you have questions about the types of care that are provided.

Taking Care to the Next Level

Chiropractic treatments help to facilitate joint health as well as promote a general wellness within the body for life. Better Health Chiropractic and Physical Rehab welcomes individuals looking to maximize wellness by minimizing pain conditions in the body. Whether or not a client has one or ten conditions that result in pain, a care plan can be developed to personalize treatments and make sure that chiropractic works for you.

Our professionally trained staff offers a complete range of highly effective, conservative treatments. We welcome clients to relax in our presence as we work to guide them toward healing. Patients are encouraged to collaborate on their care needs with our staff on all points of care and scheduling.

Contact us today and find out how chiropractic care works for you! Find us online or call 1.877.346.5255. Our four Alaskan locations are equipped to work with you to bring personalized care.

About the Author

Dr. Brent Wells - Anchorage ChiropractorDr. Brent Wells, D.C.

Dr. Brent Wells has been a trusted chiropractor since moving his family from Oregon to Alaska back in 1998 and founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab – B.S. from Univ. of Nevada, Doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College, volunteer for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Foundation, and member of the American Chiropractic Association. As a chiropractor his focus is on family, including his 3 children and wife of 20+ years, his clinics, and ongoing education.