Can a chiropractor really change your life? If you’re like many people, you may have listened to stories about the life-altering effects of chiropractic care. According to data from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the most common reason for seeing a chiropractor is to treat a specific problem (usually pain), followed by wellness and disease prevention. It is one of the most common complementary health approaches used in the United States.
The consequences of being in pain — limited function and mobility, poor quality sleep, unregulated emotions, and more can decrease your quality of life. Patients who have chronic pain are three times more likely to become depressed. Your home and work life can eventually suffer due to your general unwellness.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
A chiropractor is a physician with a special focus on treating patients with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions using non-surgical methods, specifically, hands-on manipulations. The most familiar method they use is spinal adjustments. This technique is well-known for making patients feel good.
Practitioners of chiropractic medicine believe that the spine, if misaligned, can cause negative effects on the entire body. When the body is out of alignment, it can lead to headaches, neck and back pain, joint pain, and many other health issues. Through gentle and skillful hands-on manipulations (or with the use of a mechanical adjusting instrument), chiropractors restore proper alignment of the spine. The chiropractor may use the lumbar roll technique, where you are asked to lay on your side, and the doctor applies quick, firm, and precise thrusts to the vertebra. Another technique is called a release work, where fingers are used to separate the vertebrae. Using a combination of techniques, a chiropractor can ease pressure on the nervous system, relieve pain, and stimulate healing.
In addition to spinal manipulations, chiropractors perform massages that can further ease pain and make you feel better and relaxed. It not only relieves existing pain but also prevents it from occurring. The purpose of chiropractic massage is to stimulate healing throughout the body. It focuses on easing tension in the muscles and nerves, reducing swelling, improving blood flow, and encouraging the release of toxins from the body. It also reduces stress levels, all in all putting you in a state of relaxation and supporting well-being. Chiropractic massages are performed by a medical professional to ensure they are done correctly and have effective outcomes.
How Does This Help You Live Longer?
Chiropractic treatment does not promise to help you live longer, but it can help with adding “life to years.” The benefits of chiropractic treatment include pain reduction and an improvement in function, mobility, and sleep. All of these can help improve your sense of well-being and quality of life overall.
Additionally, when you feel healthy and happy, you are likely to partake in physical activities, eat healthier, explore the world, nurture your relationships, and enjoy life. All of these are important to nurturing your life and can help you be healthier for longer, which can help improve life longevity.
Chiropractor in Wooster, OH
If pain is preventing you from living the life you love, you don’t have to suffer any longer. Our chiropractor at Wooster Community Hospital’s Healthpoint facility, Dr. Katie Dossie, can perform an evaluation, design a personalized treatment plan, and continue to monitor your progress after each session. With each visit, you get to relax your mind and body, and feel relief from pain symptoms.
Dr. Dossie provides friendly and compassionate chiropractic care in our outpatient wellness facility. If you have any questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dossie, call us at (330) 202-2225 or use our request form.