The Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor
According to the American Chiropractic Association, the chiropractic profession is a health care field that treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is commonly employed in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, such as back and neck pain, arm and leg pain, as well as treating headaches.
Chiropractic care is often safer than other treatments for back pain and related ailments
Prescription pain medication addiction is at such an all-time high in the U.S. that it is now considered to be an epidemic. Chiropractic has an excellent record for safety as it provides a patient-centered, whole-person approach to health care and pain relief, rather than simply offer the patient another painkiller prescription or undergo riskier spinal surgery.
For those who are extremely sensitive to regular chiropractic manipulation, for example, a hand-held tool method called arthrostim is available for gently ‘tapping’ spinal areas to avoid twisting or turning of joints and delivers appropriate energy with no pain.
Chiropractic care is effective for many conditions
Because of the whole-person treatment approach, patients of chiropractic report better overall communication and higher satisfaction ratings than with regular medical doctors. Chiropractic’s more conservative approach to patient care results in less need for riskier treatments, such as spinal surgery or increased dependence on painkillers.
Chiropractors have been shown to out-perform many other back pain treatment options, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, Pilates, yoga and deep-tissue massage.
Chiropractic care is often less expensive than many other kinds of treatment
Chiropractic care is actually less expensive in both the short term and long term, as there is no surgery involved and individual treatments are usually the same or less as conventional medical office visits. Studies have shown that low back pain treatment begun with a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) tends to cost as much s 20 percent less than care that started with an MD.
Chiropractic care is usually covered by insurance
Most major insurance companies have covered chiropractic care for years. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, more people than ever are now able to afford effective, safer chiropractic care. Check with your carrier to determine your coverage benefits.
For specific chiropractic-related health care questions, please contact our Chiropractor today at Herfindahl Chiropractic of San Diego for a consultation to learn about all of the latest options available to become pain-free.