When you stop to think about it, an average person’s body puts up with a lot of work! We move around all the time, and sometimes put more physical stress on our bodies than we would like. Even when we are not moving, we still put our bones and muscles through stress and strain. We’ve all experienced the feeling of being a bit creaky when standing after being sat for a while, and that’s not just for the old folk either!
Keeping joints, bones and muscles manipulated is important for an average person, but for an active person or an athlete there is even more cause to take care. What’s the answer? Regular exercise is certainly recommended – and it need be too strenuous, perhaps a bike ride, a brisk walk or a swim will suffice – but there’s also a case to be made for visiting a chiropractor regularly.
What is a chiropractor, what will the do for you and why should you consider visiting one? That’s what we’re here to tell you.
What is a Chiropractor?
Mention the word chiropractor to some people and they may show an element of distrust. This is because while practiced widely across the world, and often offered by national health service providers, the chiropractors art is still considered an alternative or complementary form of medicine. Despite beliefs to the contrary it does not stem from Eastern medicine but has its roots in the USA in the late 19th century.
Is it real, and is t worth you looking at? There is certainly a great deal of evidence that chiropractic solutions offer relief for many people from a range of ailments, and it is often prescribed – alongside conventional medicine – for the following:
- Back problems
- Neck pain
- Stiffness and pain in the shoulders
- Pain in joints such as the elbows
- Relief from osteoarthritis
In many ways, a chiropractor may be most closely related in terms of practice to a masseur, as each works by manipulating that body, joints and muscles by way of using the hands. The chiropractor, however, is a much more physical operator, and will put your body through its paces thoroughly.
Chiropractic treatment is frequently used by athletes who need to keep their muscles and joints limber, and as part of a recovery programme should they be injured and has its place alongside conventional medicine in terms of providing pain relief. Do you need a chiropractor, and should you consider seeing one?
Choosing a Chiropractor
If you think that seeing a chiropractor may help, then the first step is to talk to your doctor. Many people who need attention to the muscles, joints and bones see a chiropractor alongside more regular treatment and a doctor may be able to refer you to one. You may also be recommended a chiropractor by friends, family or members of your sports team or gym, and it is worth treating such recommendations with respect. There’s a lot to be said for the way a chiropractor works that will entice you to undergo a session regularly, and this is especially so if you are active, need to be fit and physical for work, or take part in sports or strenuous activities either as an amateur or professionally.
Having been used by many people for more than 100 years there is no doubt that chiropractic therapy is a help in keeping the body fluid and in alleviating pain in the areas listed above, so if you think it may help you get in touch with a local chiropractor right now and they’ll have a chat with you about the right treatment.
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