Caring for your spine can take more work than just sitting up straight. These are the key signs you need to watch for getting a chiropractic adjustment, or ABC (Advanced Biostructural Correction) treatment at our clinic.

Does your job require that you sit at a desk for long periods? If so, then you may be suffering from a stiff neck or lower back pain. Back pain is one of the most comment ailments with 80 percent of adults experiencing it during their lifetime.

But how do you know if you need to see a chiropractor? You may think that you should only see a chiropractor when something is wrong, but a chiropractor can help prevent problems from happening in the future. Here are some of the key signs you should be getting a chiropractic adjustment.

What Is a Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a healthcare professional that specialises in the treatment of neuromuscular disorders. They treat their patients through manual adjustment and manipulation of the spine. For the most part, they seek to prevent and reduce pain by educating patients on how they can take care of their health.

If you have never seen a chiropractor, it can be difficult to know what to expect. A chiropractor will discuss your needs and use a variety of techniques to relieve pain and improve your quality of life.

Chiropractors believe that the spine can affect the nervous system and that chiropractic adjustment can restore the structural integrity of the spine. The following are some of the signs that you may need a chiropractic adjustment.

1. Headaches

A headache is a pain arising from the head or neck area. Most of us are familiar with the throbbing pain of a headache. They can be caused by several different factors including caffeine, dehydration, and sleep deprivation.

Headaches can also be a symptom of misalignment in the neck or spine. Some of the most common causes of headaches include:

  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Stiff neck
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Weather changes
  • Lack of sleep

Visiting a chiropractor can help ease your headaches by increasing blood flow. This will allow more oxygen to reach the brain and relief your headache. Spinal manipulation is an effective option for many headache sufferers.

A chiropractor may also suggest lifestyle changes along with a chiropractic adjustment. Understanding what triggers your headaches could help prevent more from happening in the future. Avoiding certain foods, drinks, and stressful environments can all help with reducing and eliminating headaches.

there are so many different types of headaches and it can be difficult to decide which type you are suffering from. Seeing a chiropractor can help provide you with answers about the causes of your headaches and how to treat them.

2. Back Pain

Chronic back pain can be triggered by bad posture. It is common for people aged 30 and above to experience back pain for many reasons including ruptured disks, arthritis and muscle strain. Factors that can put you at increased risk of back pain include:

  • Improper lifting
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excess weight
  • Smoking
  • Age

Seeing a chiropractor can prevent back pain through the use of physical therapy, acupuncture, and understanding your lifestyle. A chiropractor will discuss your occupation and other daily tasks that may contribute to your back pain such as sitting for long periods or lifting heavy loads.

A chiropractor will use manual manipulation to improve movement in your spine before trying treatments such as Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT). LLLT is a treatment that applies low-level lasers to the surface of the body. The application of the lasers can stimulate and enhance cell function which promotes healing.

3. Joint Pain

If you are experiencing joint or muscular pain then this could also be a sign you need to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors can adjust and manipulate the spine to improve mobility and provide pain relief. This can be beneficial for people who suffer from arthritis.

Chiropractors believe that the nervous system is affected by spinal alignment. If the bones in your spine are not aligned properly then this can put a strain on your muscles, joints and other vital systems in your body. A chiropractor can provide various solutions for you to try including stretching, massage and joint mobilisation.

4. Limited Range of Motion

If you feel like you are experiencing a limited range of motion, you may suffer from pain, stiffness and swelling. These symptoms can prevent you from going about your daily activities which can be frustrating. A chiropractor can measure your range of motion (ROM) and develop a treatment plan based on your results.

Range of motion testing can also be accompanied by other tests such as flexibility, balance, and coordination to provide a broader physical evaluation. The chiropractor may use a goniometer to measure a joint’s range of motion. They will test the uninjured joints first as a reference before testing the injured or affected joint.

5. Recovering From an Accident

Seeing a chiropractor can help with the healing process if you are recovering from an accident. If you fell down the stairs or were in a car accident then you may benefit from speaking to a chiropractor about spinal care. Traumatic accidents can result in painful physical and emotional injuries that could use chiropractic adjustment.

Receiving a chiropractic adjustment post-accident can help reduce inflammation, minimise pain, and restore range of motion.

Make An Appointment for Chiropractic Adjustment

Knowing when to see a chiropractor can be difficult if you have never visited one before. Symptoms such as frequent headaches and back pain should never be ignored. If you want to live a more health-conscious lifestyle then you could also benefit from chiropractic adjustment.

Choose to take care of your body and book an appointment to see a chiropractor at Spine Central today. Start rebuilding a pain-free, healthy body by correcting your injuries and preventing future problems.

Please note that all of our practitioners use the ABC method for treating the kind of health problems mentioned in this article. Not all of our ABC practitioners are chiropractors, some have originally trained in sports therapy prior to retraining as ABC practitioners. You can learn more about our approach here. If you specifically wish to see one of our chiropractors please ask our reception team when scheduling.