Whether it is a short-term injury or a long-term medical condition, you want to reduce the pain and inflammation of a particular body part. With so many medication allergies coming to light and side effects of them, many are turning more and more to the alternative treatments such as acupuncture and chiropractic care. But is it safe? Here is what you’ll want to know before making your chiropractic appointment.
Generalized Appeal and Safety of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care has been deemed safe for quite a while, with studies in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in March of 2004 showing it even more effective than a more traditional medical procedure for low-back pain sufferers. This is just one example of the effectiveness and the safety of the procedure. According to the American Chiropractic Association, it is one of the safest non-invasive therapies that is also drug free. Chiropractic care is deemed safe and used for a wide variety of conditions such as:
As well as some other conditions such as fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. While spinal manipulation works to get the body back in alignment, soft tissue work on the knotted muscles and tissues helps in conditions like fibromyalgia.
Of all the treatments patients worry about the most it is neck manipulations. They fear lasting injuries and generally tense up at this part of the alignment process. However, the rarity of injury from this procedure is only 1 in 5.85 million neck manipulations. This means that you are more likely to get into a serious car accident on the way to the chiropractic clinic than you are at risk for a serious injury from a neck manipulation. Knowing this ahead of time should ease some of the concern over chiropractic care’s most anxiety-ridden part of the process.
Check out the Specific Chiropractor
Before making an appointment, you can check out the chiropractor you are thinking of going to by doing a few Google searches. Just a simple input of their name can pull up a listing of their certifications and education. By adding the term “reviews” you can see what other people are saying about the doctor and read up on any complaints they may have had. This can help you make sure that your chiropractor is licensed and certified to do the procedures you’d like them to do and that others have found them to be a good asset to the community.
Go Over Your Concerns and Past Medical History
By making sure your chiropractor knows about your past medical history and by asking him or her the questions that are on your mind, you’re securing a great relationship with your chiropractor. They may use creams or lotions in their soft tissue work that you have an allergy to, or they may use other items that you found bothersome in the past. By open and honest communication you are going to insure that every measure is taken to keep you safe and sound during the alignment or soft tissue work you are seeing the doctor for. If new questions or concerns should arise after the medical relationship has began, don’t hesitate to bring them up.
Get Referrals for Added Assurance
Another way to make sure you are getting the safest and most effective treatment is by asking the doctor for referrals. These should be past or current patients that you could ask questions and find out what they think of the practice. If a doctor seems hesitant to let you have contacts like this, ask why and do a more in-depth online search. Most doctors have a few people that they don’t mind you speaking with about their services.
Chiropractic care can really help get your body back into the alignment and balance that it needs to be in for a healthier and happier you. By making sure you are taking all the precautions necessary for choosing a proper chiropractor, the procedures are safe for the general population.
You can talk about any concerns you have with us here at the Mountain View Pain Center, where doctors are dedicated to keeping you at ease about your pain management options. We can always answer your questions and help you decide on a path to better health and wellness.