Consulting with a chiropractor could lead to pain relief

Most of the time, X-rays are taken before manipulation by a chiropractor.

Feeling stiff? Have pain and or limited function within your muscles and joints? Perhaps it is stabbing back pain. Then perhaps a visit to a chiropractic doctor is the answer.

Just like visiting any doctor, a consultation includes patients offering accurate health history, family health history and pre-existing conditions, according to the Foundation of Chiropractic Health. Not only do they treat back pain, since chiropractors help to remove pressure from the nervous system, they also can influence many other conditions.

"While spinal manipulation is at the core of a Doctor of Chiropractic’s skills, they also provide patients with assessment as well as evaluation and diagnosis. Care and counsel also might include modalities including heat, cold, electrical stimulation and rehabilitation as well as therapeutic exercise and general fitness recommendations," notes the foundation.

Non-invasive and drug less, chiropractic is a health profession focused on treating spinal and musculoskeletal problems primarily through manual manipulation. A chiropractor does not prescribe medication, but relies on a variety of manual therapies, including spinal manipulation, mobilization, and adjunctive therapies, to improve function and provide pain relief.

"I had miserable back pain that would show up only at times of heavy lifting or twisting," said Eric Fields of Melbourne.

"But when it did, nothing would relieve it. Nothing I took by pill alleviated the pain. Asking around, I made an appointment with a chiropractor. That was the best thing I did."

Hoping to see relief, Fields had a consultation and X-rays were taken of his back. And then the work began.

"The chiropractor snapped my neck and manipulated my hips and back," Fields said. "I couldn’t believe the relief from the first visit. Only a couple of visits were necessary, but I came away with a list of exercises I now do every day, taking about five to 10 minutes of stretching and push-ups. I go back as necessary if it flares up again. But I am pain free now."

Chiropractors have four to five years of professional education and more than 500 hours devoted to mastering adjustive techniques and spinal analysis, according to the foundation.