Chiropractic care is by far one of the safest, most effective and cost-efficient ways of treating musculoskeletal problems. Some aspects of chiropractic care can be uncomfortable; however, there are many options for treating back, joint and muscle pain.
Chiropractic care offers far less-serious side effects compared to prescription medication, steroid injections and surgical intervention. The most common side effect of treatment is tenderness or soreness. This is no more painful than soreness after a firm or deep tissue massage.
Many chiropractors are trained in modern, less-aggressive techniques, which can include adjusting instruments, techniques such as flexion-distraction and drop tables.
A great chiropractor should learn his patients’ personal preferences during the first evaluation and develop a plan of care with adjustments to levels of pressure to fit the individual. Know thy patient!
One more large misconception is that chiropractors just treat the spine or only “crack backs.”
Your treatment plan could include massage therapy, corrective exercises and stretches or other musculoskeletal treatments that are performed in the clinic, under the chiropractor’s supervision.
The main focus of any patient is to determine if the benefits of care outweigh the risks of any side effects. One should feel completely comfortable in the treatment plan in order to achieve overall wellness.