My back doesn’t hurt, do I need a chiropractor?

Due to the advertising power of large chiropractic clinics that cater to accident victims there is a common misconception that chiropractic care is only necessary after accidents and the typical picture of a person with a sore back that often accompanies chiropractic logos and business cards also creates the misconception that chiropractic care is just for back pain. While chiropractic care can be extremely helpful both after accidents and for back pain, the benefits of chiropractic go far beyond both areas.

Preventative health care

Chiropractic care is a form of preventative health care which encompasses all of the body’s systems. The goal of chiropractic care is to make sure your body is functioning properly to prevent discomfort from occurring in the first place. The savings that could result from a preventative form of health care could be substantial as it may reduce or eliminate the need for surgery, medication or lost time at work in addition to the emotional stress caused by pain and illness. All people from birth to old age can benefit from chiropractic care due to the stress we put on our bodies on a daily basis by simply performing normal activities. Chiropractic care helps to allow the body to work at peak performance. Chiropractors are educated to be able to detect subluxations (a misalignment in the joints of your spinal vertebrae or any joints in your body) and you may find unexpected relief for various ailments through regular care. Pain is often the last symptom to show up and it often rears it’s head when we’ve pushed our bodies too far by ignoring smaller signals like smaller aches and pains or tense muscles. An absence of pain doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t benefit from care.

What causes subluxations or disturbances in my nervous system?

If you are asking whether or not you need chiropractic care you can assess what may cause interferences in your nervous system and if any of these apply to you, there’s a good chance chiropractic care can be of benefit to you. Spoiler alert: Everyone experiences at least some of these.

  • Thoughts: Negative thoughts, stress from work, the loss of a loved one, a fight with your friend or spouse, depression, anxiety and any emotional turmoil can wreak havoc on your nervous system and your body in general. Just think of how tense you get when you are stressed!
  • Trauma: Trauma sounds severe so you may think of something like a car accident. Of course those major traumas like car accidents or a fall down the stairs can contribute to a misalignment in your spine but trauma also refers to all those little things in life that put stress on our bodies. This can include sleeping in an awkward position or on a bad pillow, working at a desk all day, stepping off the sidewalk the wrong way, lifting something the wrong way… basically just moving and living life.

It’s easy to see why anyone and everyone can benefit from chiropractic care. As long as you are living and breathing you are putting stress on your nervous system and a chiropractor is the healthcare professional who is trained and educated to diagnose and provide specific adjustments designed to correct nerve interference and keep your body functioning optimally.