Categories Complementary Therapies for Musculoskeletal Problems

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic treatment is one of the most popular types of complementary therapy.  Many people in Western countries seek chiropractic care, and such therapy is generally considered a primary treatment option for many kinds of back pain.

What is Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractic treatment is specialized treatment on the back carried out by a fully trained and certified chiropractor.  Chiropractors are required to have a large amount of education and training to ensure that they provide safe and effective treatment to their patients.

Chiropractic treatment is carried out mainly through manipulation of the spine.  Practitioners of chiropractic use many different techniques to accomplish this manipulation.  In carrying out the manipulation, the chiropractor’s tools are his or her hands.

A Canadian man called Daniel David Palmer was the inventor and founder of chiropractic treatment.  While Palmer did not have any formal medical education or training, his ideas were seen to be useful and caught on.  It took quite a long time for chiropractic treatment to be accepted as legitimate by the medical establishments in the West.

Who Does Chiropractic Treatment Benefit?
The people who are generally considered to be the best candidates for chiropractic treatment (and the people who truly need it) are those who have back (or neck) pain.  Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments of people seeking this type of therapy.

There is some indication (although it has not been properly proven) that obtaining chiropractic treatment is capable of helping with musculoskeletal conditions not connected with the back, such as soft tissue, joints, and bones in other parts of the body.

There is no scientific evidence at all that conditions other than those connected to the back and musculoskeletal systems can be alleviated in any way by chiropractic therapy.  Some people believe that it is beneficial, but these are just anecdotal accounts.

Do You Want to Try Chiropractic Treatment?
If you want to go to a chiropractor and find out if the treatment he or she can offer you would be helpful, talk to your doctor first.  Your GP might have suggestions or recommendations.

When you choose a chiropractor, make sure to select one who has the proper education, training, and certification.  If possible, also try to find a chiropractor who has experience in treating people who have medical histories similar to your own.


Chiropractic Treatment

When you first visit the chiropractor of your choice, you should make him or her fully acquainted with your medical history.  This is crucial, as it is possible that elements of your medical history might make certain techniques (or chiropractic treatment overall) inappropriate or even risky for you.  Examples of medical conditions that are likely to be problematic in this way include inflammatory arthritis, spinal cord compression, and osteoporosis.  Spinal manipulation is also potentially risky for people who take medications that thin the blood.  If you have ever had cancer, you must get your doctor’s permission to have chiropractic treatment.

There is a chance that there might be a certain amount of NHS coverage of chiropractic treatment in your area.  However, the majority of people who receive such treatment in the United Kingdom are required to pay private fees.

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