Are you constantly in pain and feel as if you’re unable to function normally? Is pain making you low and miserable, and affecting your relationships with family, friends and work colleagues? Do you wake up in the mornings and struggle to get out of bed due to discomfort in your neck, shoulders or back? Or perhaps you find yourself regularly reaching for the painkillers in order to get through the day?
If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, then it may be that you would benefit from using the services of a qualified chiropractor. Chiropractors use their hands to treat patients who have been diagnosed with a disorder of the bones, nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments or tendons. Many chiropractors will only treat spinal conditions, involving pain in the lower back or neck, but some may offer to treat other conditions like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or asthma.
Often referred to as ‘manual therapies’, such treatments range from spinal adjustments to manipulation, in order to try and relieve the pain. They can also offer advice on wider related issues, like diet, exercise and lifestyle.
Before reviewing each individual case, the chiropractor will make a record of your medical history and perform a detailed physical examination (sometimes using diagnostic imaging) before even attempting to make a diagnosis or to begin treatment.
Back and neck pain is something that most, if not all of us, have suffered from at some point in our lives, and I’m willing to bet that many of us simply put up with the pain in the hope that it will gradually lessen or miraculously disappear one day. Perhaps we are afraid of hospitals or clinics and see them only as places of suffering, or perhaps we have been brought up with the attitude of soldiering on despite the pain!
For many of us though, that pain doesn’t just go away one day, it lingers for weeks and even months, and I don’t know about you, but when I’m in pain, I’m not a happy person to be around! Self medicating with painkillers or putting up with the pain, is wholly unnecessary when a visit to a chiropractor could help get you back to your usual functioning self. It may be that you even discover things about your lifestyle which could be affecting your neck or back pain, and your chiropractor could help you identify those and quickly move you onto a path that leads you away from pain and suffering.
So if you’re experiencing pain in your back, neck or shoulders, or are suffering from debilitating headaches that don’t allow you to get through the day without taking medication, don’t hesitate to book a consultation with a chiropractor and start getting back to your normal self before pain takes a hold of your life.