Chiropractic back pain treatment is one of the most popular remedies for this epidemic condition. Chiropractic is the art and science of using vertebral manipulation to achieve proper spinal alignment. Chiropractors believe that correct alignment of the backbone is necessary for life energy to flow freely throughout the body.
Chiropractic is a form of holistic medicine and is also an all natural treatment for back pain. Chiropractors will not treat your symptoms with drugs or surgery, but will instead try to create the ideal circumstances for your own body to heal what ails it from within.
There is considerable controversy whether chiropractic theory makes any medical sense at all. Some physicians liken the spinal cracking heard during a vertebral adjustment (crepitus or cavitation) to the cracking of one's knuckles. Many doctors state that the force needed to move the position of vertebral bones is far greater than is possible to create with a manual spinal adjustment. These same doctors frequently pronounce that if sufficient force was used to move the vertebrae, serious skeletal injury would result.
For many years, chiropractic was looked down upon by the traditional medical community. Chiropractors were viewed as something akin to witch doctors and their theories seemed far beyond the accepted truths of modern medicine. However, times have changed and now chiropractic is the third largest branch of healthcare worldwide.
One of the main reasons for the success and acceptance of chiropractic is its policy of continuing treatment. Chiropractors teach their patients that in order to maintain health, they need to constantly monitor their proper spinal alignment. Of course, this means that they need to stay in treatment.
How long? Well, how long do they want to stay healthy? 1 year… 2 years… 5 years… lifelong…
Once medical doctors saw that insurance companies were covering alternative healthcare treatments, they instantly welcomed chiropractic into their fold like some long lost child. Now medical doctors had the chance to make their once a year patients into regular customers by employing chiropractors and other therapists as part of a combined care practice. Unfortunately, many of these doctors became far too greedy and turned their practices into personal injury mills.
Chiropractic has many uses. It is great for some muscular injuries and some problematic spinal conditions. Most people in ongoing chiropractic treatment have developed a psychological addiction to the treatment and some have benefited solely from the placebo effect offered by spinal adjustments. Others have found true efficacy from continuing care. Most patients will never really know which group they fall into.
I do not recommend getting involved in any life long treatment regimen if it can be avoided. I have found that most chiropractors are good souls who truly believe in their healing art. It is a shame that a few bad individuals so often taint the public perception of this generally valiant profession.
To learn more about chiropractic, simply consult with one of the countless care providers. I am sure they will take the time to answer all your questions and teach you more about what they have to offer. Just make sure that what they say makes sense to you.
Avoid continuing care commitments until the value of their therapy has been proven to you beyond all doubt.