Did you know that forms of chiropractic care have been practiced for thousands of years? While the concept didn’t become official until 1895, modernized by a man named David Palmer, it’s still considered an effective practice that continues to prove itself still now, over a hundred (plus a couple thousand) years later.
There are people out there, although fewer and fewer, who are still quite skeptical about chiropractic care. While I could easily give you a dozen or more facts about chiropractic care to ease every mind, let’s just start with five for now. Shall we?
Here are your five fast facts about chiropractic care in no particular order:
Fact #1: Chiropractors are highly educated.
Chiropractors have the letters “DC” at the end of their names because they are Doctors of Chiropractic. Just like their MD counterparts, DC’s go through rigorous education in order to serve you. This includes four years of undergraduate followed by 4+ years of chiropractic college. Plus the minimum requirement of 4,200 hours of classroom, clinical, and laboratory experience. Chiropractors typically receive quite a bit more education than MD’s in the areas of nutrition, anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, and public health. You can find more details about the requirements in this article on American Chiropractic Association’s website.
All of this to say, chiropractors have all the education (and in most cases much more) that is necessary to be a skilled healthcare professional.
Fact #2: Chiropractors focus on overall health.
Chiropractors are best known for dealing with back and neck pain. But it is so much more than that. Let’s take a look at two ways that chiropractors focus on overall health.
- Your brain sends messages to the nerves in the rest of your body through your spinal cord. When your spine is out of alignment and some of those nerves get pinched or squeezed? It’s not hard to imagine that no good can come from that. Professional adjustments done by a chiropractor can realign the spine, allowing for a healthy nervous system. And a healthy nervous system allows for a healthy human.
- Nutrition and physical fitness play essential roles in your overall health. Chiropractors are trained in nutrition and functional exercises. In addition to this, DC’s focus on finding the root causes of whatever ails you, rather than simply treating the symptoms. They are also qualified to refer you to another specialist that may fit your needs and/or make recommendations for additional care to treat the underlying condition.
Fact #3: Chiropractic care is affordable.
Could this possibly be true? While the cost of chiropractic care can vary, consider this: Those who are treated by chiropractors are less likely to require surgery, long hospital stays, and expensive medicines. Because of all of this, they are more likely to return to work sooner. Let’s add in the fact that DC’s seek out the underlying condition in order to focus on healing rather than masking symptoms for years to come. You could save yourself a whole bundle in the long term. As a bonus, athletes who get adjustments significantly reduce their risk of injury. With the national average cost at only $65 per visit, chiropractic care can be considered very affordable. Find a little more about this here.
Fact #4: Chiropractic care is preventative.
As I just touched on, regular adjustments can help prevent future issues. Many people tend to think that chiropractic care is just for after an accident or injury or if you suffer from some back pain. We absolutely recommend getting adjustments in such situations. But pain isn’t always the first indication of something going wrong. In fact, oftentimes pain means something has been wrong for awhile. So don’t wait until back pain or neck pain forces you to make an appointment. Get in for adjustment while you’re still feeling good so you can keep it that way!
Fact #5: Chiropractic care is for [almost] everyone.
Yes, just about everyone and their mothers can benefit from an adjustment from a highly qualified chiropractor like Dr. Hendricks! Are you pregnant? Have little ones? Are your aging parents in need of some realignment? How about you? There are certain conditions that will require you to be cautious about a spinal manipulation. Osteoporosis or inflammatory arthritis are among those. But the vast majority of the population can (and should) visit a chiropractor.
Are you ready for an adjustment? Contact us today!
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