Alternative medicine is becoming popular as people realize the benefits they offer, especially as the limits of conventional medicine like the application of surgery and medication become evident.
Chiropractic is a system of complementary medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of the disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. It holds that general health is affected by the nervous system and disease results from abnormality in the nerve function. It employs manipulative treatments of body structures, such as those of the spinal column.
Advantages of Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic treatment is generally considered safe. In the U.S. alone, the estimated number of deaths each year from drug-related reactions and medical errors are staggering – 140,000 and 100,000, respectively. In the insurance companies’ evaluation of the risks of all professions, it has been determined that chiropractors have the lowest risk. They are therefore charged the lowest insurance premiums of all medical practitioners. This is an indication how safe chiropractic practice – and treatment – is.
Chiropractic is non-invasive. It does not involve drugs or surgery. This is one major factor that makes it safe relative to mainstream medicine which relies heavily on the use of these two major treatment methods.
Chiropractic is effective. It is employed primarily as a pain relief alternative for joints, muscles, bones and connective tissues like ligaments, cartilages, and tendons. In some cases, it is used in conjunction with the treatments employed in conventional medicine.
Chiropractic is also effective for many types of injury and disorder including acute and chronic back pain. When treated with chiropractic care, acute back pain resulting from lifting a heavy weight or being tackled in a contact sport, typically lasts no more than six weeks and the condition gets better on its own.
It has been determined from research that chiropractic care is helpful in treating disorders like neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches. Moreover, patients with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia have been found to respond favorably to the application of moderate pressure by chiropractors.
Chiropractic care can be used in any age group. Babies, adults and the elderly can get the benefit of chiropractic treatment, as has been the experience of millions of patients worldwide. In countries like Denmark, a chiropractic doctor responsible for detecting abnormalities in a newborn’s spine and other bones and joints, is a part of the birthing team.
Along with the advantages of chiropractic treatment cited earlier are the following benefits to the patient:
• lmproved circulation
• lncreased delivery of oxygen and nutrients
• lncreased flexibility
• Reduced soreness, muscle spasms, and pain
• Reduced recovery time
• Reduced chance of injury
• Helps the body to relax and repair
There is good news for people who suffer from different conditions associated with the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. We have an alternative and complementary method of treatment and care apart from the common medication/surgery method of today’s conventional medicine. With experts’ advice, we can decide which the preferred way of dealing with the injury is or disorder to make sure our condition will benefit from alternative method we chose.