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What Problems Can Chiropractors Treat?



There are many benefits you can get from visiting a Chiropractor. This can include relief from certain headaches, less body pain, and an improved posture. However, did you know that Chiropractors can also help reduce scoliosis symptoms, improve athletic performance, and can reduce reliance on opioids? Here is a breakdown of what problems that Chiropractors can help treat.


Treating Scoliosis Symptoms

Scoliosis is when the spine starts to grow sideways and is usually first noticed in a child during the age of adolescents. However, this spinal deformity tends to become more severe as the child gets older. It can lead to fatigue, back pain, problems with physical appearance, and can even cause psychological issues. Visiting a Chiropractor to help treat scoliosis has shown to be very beneficial.


A study was conducted in 2016 by researchers titled - The effect of chiropractic techniques on the Cobb angle in idiopathic scoliosis arising in adolescence. They took 5 children with Scoliosis and treated them using chiropractic techniques for spinal correction. The treatment lasted for 8 weeks and they met 3 times a week for 30 minute sessions. Noticeable changes resulted after only 4 weeks. It was then concluded that idiopathic scoliosis can achieve a near-normal spinal alignment within 4 weeks.


Improved Athletic Performance


If you compete in a high endurance sport there is a great chance of injuries happening. This can be from not stretching properly before an event, stepping wrong, or other factors. A Chiropractor can actually help you improve your athletic performance by increasing joint mobility, and having less tissue resistance. An athlete needs to be at 100% when performing during the big game. Athletes with preexisting conditions tend to benefit the most from a Chiropractic adjustment and tend to improve their athletic performance.


Although it’s good to prepare and condition your body, a Chiropractor tends to enhance the performance of injured athletes. This is because they are able to see noticeable differences while performing along with decreased pain. However, many athletes do use a Chiropractor to help them recover faster after a performance and to improve their strength. The ability to be limber and move without restriction can give you the competitive edge over athletes that are dealing with injuries.


Reduce Opioid Reliance


One of the most common ways to deal with back pain is through prescribed opioid drugs. However, the issue with using opioids is that you can start depending on it in order to function day to day. A Chiropractor typically takes a more holistic approach to pain. This means that a Chiropractor tends to rely on natural, spinal manipulation in order to relieve pain in the body. We understand that in some cases prescription opioids are used to calm some of the more severe pain.


Since a Chiropractor uses natural spinal manipulation in order to reduce back pain; it’s safe to say that with less pain in the body, the less likely a person would be to use prescription drugs. Studies have shown that Chiropractic patients had half the risk of filling an opioid prescription. Also, if you’re looking for an alternative pain management program - a Chiropractor is the best route to go. With the opioid crisis in the U.S. more and more patients are turning to all natural solutions to help manage their pain.


Conclusion


There are many more problems that a spinal alignment can help treat. However, treating scoliosis, improving athletic performance, and helping reduce opioid reliance are some lesser known issues. If you’re looking for an all natural solution to help deal with pain, all you need to do is schedule an appointment and we can start your treatment right away!




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