If you've ever suffered from back pain, you've likely been told you should see a chiropractor. And it's true: if you're feeling that your life is disrupted due to back pain, a chiropractor is an excellent choice.
But what if you have other aches and pains? Can you still see your chiropractor if you have, say, knee pain? Or headaches? Or if you're doing a marathon for the first time and want advice?
The answer to all of the above is a resounding yes.
So let's actually answer the question "when and why would I see a chiropractor?" instead.
If your life is disrupted due to back pain, neck pain, headaches, sprains or strains, or another problem involving your muscles, joints and nervous system, chiropractic care can help you feel like yourself again.
Simple everyday tasks such as going for a walk or washing the dishes have the potential to cause pain or discomfort that many of us just decide to live with. Sometimes these aches and pains even prevent us from working or doing the things we love.
You don’t have to live with the pain; you don’t have to stop the activities that you love to do. A good chiropractor will work with you to discover a path that will allow you to keep living your life to its fullest.
The Simple Answer
There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care. Work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, and the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems. Even if you don't have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain healthy joint function and a healthy lifestyle. Many chiropractors even work with athletes on sport specific training, nutrition, and injury prevention.
A simple answer to the question, then, is this: if you are unsatisfied with your health, or have a specific health or fitness goal in mind (but need some direction), talk to your chiropractor.
A good chiropractor will tell you either how they can help, or where you should go for the best possible care and support.
The "When" is Now
Chiropractic care can be initiated at any time. Chiropractors are highly educated and extensively trained to assess, diagnosis, treat and prevent disorders of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous systems.
The key to rapid recovery is early identification and intervention, which means reaching out to your chiropractic doctor as soon as you feel that you are unsatisfied with your current state of health. This can be immediately after an injury or accident, or you could be battling 30 years of joint pain and would finally like some relief.
Either way, now is the time.
Many patients seek chiropractic treatment for wellness care.
Wellness care often involves regular but infrequent visits in order to maintain balance and good health. Others patients, like seniors, find that treatment helps them to maintain mobility and good range of motion. Pain should never become a way of life, especially when there is qualified help available.
Chiropractors are legislated as primary care professionals in every province in Canada, which means patients can consult them directly. However, chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer to chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will help alleviate a patient’s condition.
Similarly, chiropractors frequently refer to medical doctors when necessary. Patients who suffer for a long time without chiropractic care may wish to seek out a second opinion from a chiropractic doctor if their current medical treatments are not effective
The Bottom Line
Chiropractors help achieve and maintain an optimal level of health, which will allow you to function at your highest level - no matter your present condition. Talk to you local chiropractor: they're there to help.